|Louis González Palma was born in Guatemala-City, Guatemala in 1957 and studied architecture and cinematography at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. He took his first photographs featuring traveling dancers, on a borrowed camera. In 1989, he had his first one-man show, “Autoconfesion”, at the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York. Palma’s early work combines symbolism from both Catholicism and indigenous beliefs, creating portraits of Mayans imbued with solitude, pain, and stoicism. His earliest works were more collage oriented, but throughout the 1990s, he began treating his prints with sepia, asphaltum, and alcohol. Joel-Peter Witkin, Doug and Mike Starn, and an interest in Guatemalan Baroque churches have influenced Palma’s work. In 2004, he was nominated for the BMW-Paris Photo award, and won best show at the National Museum of Santiago, Chile.
The photographer’s work has been shown at numerous venues around the world the 2005 Venice Biennial.
Luis González Palma’s work is in the permanent collections of major institutions including: the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum für Fotografie, Berlin; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.
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