Pedro Huamaní and his Reasons for Feeling like a Good Painter
Pedro Huamaní is proud of his Inca ancestry and of his paintings inspired by pre-Columbian themes and designs. The artist proclaims himself an authentic Peruvian painter for being studious about the ancestral roots of Peru, and for painting pre-Columbian content in his oils, acrylics and watercolors.
"When my inspiration comes out, I draw and paint the legends, mythology, and beliefs of some higher beings gods who were worshipped by the people who inhabited Peru at some time in the past, who imparted knowledge and will one day return," he says.
Huamaní affirms that he studied Fine Arts at the National Autonomous Superior School of Fine Arts in Peru. After working as a professor of Social Sciences at a high school in Arequipa, he decided to retire and come to live in the United States in 2005. He says that in this country he is doing very well as a painter.
He emphasized that in 1998 he was invited by the International Monetary Fund to exhibit his work in Washington, DC. Last year Telemundo aired a video about him and his artwork. In November of 2015 an article about him filled a full page in El Tiempo Latino. And since 2015 he has had exhibits of his works once a year in the gallery of The Women's Rights National Historical Park, located in Seneca Falls, New York; where his painting "The Musician Pre-Colombian" was awarded the best of show two years ago.
Huamaní says that his colorful paintings, mostly executed in large format, are welcomed in the American artistic environment because they offer new themes for the population of this country. He also says that “my goal is to present our culture as something exotic”. Pedro Huamaní lives in Maryland with his wife and is a member of our Latino Art League of Washington DC. We wish you all the luck in the world, Don Pedro, thank you for granting us this interview.
To see his paintings and to know more about his theme and contents, visit his website at pedrohuamani.com. You can also enjoy the following video: