South American Art Imports

South American Imports




Art Imports Mission Statement-

The themes of featured paintings focus on the socio-political and environmental surrealism (both beautiful and harsh) of underprivileged communities in South America.  It is from these communities, both rural and inner city, that emotion and energy are reinjected to promote consciousness

Reinjecting creative energy is not easy, but it can be done and must be done.  With this specific goal in mind, Corocoro LLC was created.  Corocoro selects art and hand crafted merchandise to promote artisans and invests proceeds from such sales in programs to support causes ranging from environmental sustainability for rural rainforest communities (e.g. Rainforest Partnership) to the beautifying inner city communities through street art.  

All articles are purchased, shipped and made available to the public through strict adherence to the tenets of fair trade laid out by the ILO (International Labour Organization).   Furthermore, Corocoro LLC actively orchestrates and sponsors  events for the benefit of non-profit INTERNATIONAL projects (e.g. Rainforest Partnership, Fuerza Fuego, Somos Chiapas, Illimani Ama Suya) and local initiatives (e.g. Family Violence Prevention Services & The Battered Women and Children's Shelter).

 



Wayúu Art Works

The art of the Wayuu has forever been celebratory, laughter-filled, colorful, yet never lacking in deeper language, never lacking in purpose.  Ospina, from La Guajira, Colombia are our favored artisans.  The Wayuu face a new struggle: the recent trade agreement between the US and Colombia (i.e TLC [Tratado de Libre Comercio]. Said Agreements permits reproductions of indigenous art by highly industrial sweat entities and their economies.  Everyone sweats.  Yet. the Wayuu had their lands compromised, their language compromised, their progeny compromised.  The last lash has been the pillage of cultural staples.  Inauthentic Wayuu works have flooded the international market.  Nevertheless, there are ways to fight.  Authentic Wayuu works are recognizable and we strive to humbly educate our visitors.  






Conchita Ospina
with Raúl Peláez-Prada




Kuna Art Works


The art of stitching molas is many centuries old, predating European presence in the Americas. Stitching patterns through several layers of un-hemmed cloth and allowing the frayed edges to reveal the colors lying beneath the surface is in keeping with Kuna belief: Despite the world’s apparent chaos and humankind’s habit of seeing only the surface of things, nature follows a pattern and roots grow very deep.  





Arhuaco Art Works

The Arhuaco people originate from Colombia's Sierra Nevada. They are treasured friends. Aty Jamioy, featured in the image below.  Their artworks have functional value, they are mochilas that apport unbelievable weights.  Patterns are words and invoke explanation.  As of yet, Corocoro awaits a greater amount of these cultural articles.   However, there has been a ban on trading in corn by Monsanto and patroned by Colombia's government.  This has lead to a lack of materials.  This had lead to an inauthenticity of products labled Arhuaco.  This has lead to a great hurt for the livelihood of the Arhuaco.  


Aty Jamioy



Camentsa Art Works


By beautiful chance, we met artesian, literary figure, designer and political activist  Hugo Jamioy.  Yes. He is Aty Jamioy's husband.  We were drawn in by his person and work.  He was selective.  It was important for him to know the destination of his work.  Please do look him up.   His pieces are a fraction of his message.  






Hugo Jamioy


Guaira Art Works



John Murcia is a solid son, brother, father and leather artisan.  There is no stopping his growth as as a craftsman and artist.  The attention to detail in his works  is among his greatest virtues.  He has a son that is a longboard racer and pride of his community.   









John Murcia & Son, Abraham Murcia
 


Iraca Art Works



Iraca is a highly maleable and resistant palm fiber that is worked by artisans, such as featured artisan Jesus Chamorro.  Chamorro's works are alive with Colombia's rural traditions, such as figurines of Medellin's silleteros.  His designs also include the modern feel of Bogota.



 





Huichol Art Works

Huichol or Wixáritari are artisans whose beadwork is unparalleled in Mexico.  Traditionally Huichol beadwork incorporates clay, stone and vegetable dyes.  Enedina Herrera is among these individuals whose works are featured.  Due to the demand for her work and market conditions, she has adopted the use of ceramic and glass beads. Knowing that Huichol artisans must compete in a market where imitations of their work are mass-produced, Enedina has managed to adapt without compromising the skill taught to her by generations preceding hers.     


Latin American Street Art


We had the pleasure of initially meeting Australian born street artist Christian Peters (aka: "Crisp") through his numerous works brightening the otherwise dark streets of Bogota.  He makes his inner self known to thousands In that way.  Good fortune led us to make contact with him and as a result the ongoing initiative to patron street artists was launched.  His works capture and portray from the most calming and heartwarming images to the most fiery and socially relevant.  We feature Crisp's works in the form of greeting cards and various prints. Crisp is author of the much celebrated Bogota Graffiti Tour. 









Emberá- Chamí Beaded Works

The institutionalized forced displacement of the Emberá-Chamí tribe commenced in the early 1700s by the Spanish Crown.  That tradition of government-sanctioned uprooting and abuse of the Emberá-Chamí has survived the centuries and persists in astounding accounts. El Tiempo (nationally distributed, non-tabloid newspaper with an average daily weekday circulation of 1,921,571 in Colombia) has chronicled the deaths and displacement of the Emberá-Chamí and attributes their presence in densely populated urban centers, such as Bogotá and Medellín. They walk the paved streets often appearing confused and frightened. 

However, Doña María Rosa Arsama is not frightened.  She laughs in the face of that adversity.  Her heritage nurtures her protects her.  Because it is literally at her fingertips, she carries it wherever she goes.  Through beaded works of a singular quality, she opposes the efforts of others who seek to dismantle her culture.  She does so with a smile.

 





Artisan: Doña María Arsama  



Macrame and Gem Stone Works

The Jairo Andres Giraldo (AKA: "Mono Rasta") has no known equal in the world of macrame and gem stone wearable art pieces.  His influences are nature, his Rastafarian religion and artisan's code.  Using calloused hands he weaves fibers and tones to resemble the giant tucandeira ants of the amazon, the jungle scarab, guitars, tarantulas, He humbly presents his works by stating that they speak for themselves.  Quite appropriately, he studied engineering; for, he now successfully engineers fascination through his work 







Artisan: Jairo Andres Giraldo


Emberá- Chamí Beaded Works


Arahuaco Woven Works


Guaira Leather Works


Macrame & Gem Stone Works

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