Artist Spotlight: John Aguilar Marrero Jr.
In my search for Taino art one name I kept encountering was John Aguilar Marrero Jr. Marrero has a distinct style that highlights magical surrealism and the indigenous people of the Caribbean. His bright colors and deep, strong tones strike a chord that showcases the strength and beauty of the Tainos.
"A lot of my work represents the spiritual side of the Taino and African people. Stories told and some untold. I continually try to come from a fresh and simpler point of view. I always try and add hidden objects within the painting to give people more to talk with their guests.." - Aguilar
Aguilar’s Biography via DeviantArt: “Aguilar is a 63 year young painter and sculptor of mixed indigenous heritage-Taino/Cherokee. He has traveled around the world learning, mentoring and displaying his collection. His paintings now hang in the homes of many prominent clients. Aguilar has worked in various mediums from comic books to murals, awards, caricatures, and sculptures, book covers, tv, movies, and production sketches. But his love and spirit are always with his culture.
In addition to his focus on indigenous Taino culture Aguilar has recently begun producing the “The Orisha Series” to honor the African culture that was brought to the Caribbean islands along with the Spanish culture. Over time these two cultures inter-mingled with the Taino culture producing new cultural expressions, which in turn gave birth to many contemporary and popular cultural forms found throughout the Caribbean. Aguilar also loves the oral traditions, myths and legends of other cultures because of the magic and spirit within them.”
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