Artwork by Patricia Henricy Cruzalegui /PERU


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" Ma terre" *** 30 x 24 cm *** (frame + under glass)

A self-taught painter, she cultivated the Naif style.

She was born in Lima, Peru, on May 16, 1954.

She reveals her creative temperament by drawing and painting horses, which she did with passion until the age of 21 when a riding accident took her away from horses and discovered the Andean universe with all its cultural richness, during a first trip to Cuzco.

This is how this unrepentant traveler begins her journey through the cities of the Andes, in love with its landscapes and inhabitants, capturing customs and festivals in colorful paintings.

Shortly after her first trip to Cuzco, Patricia went to Tarma, in the central highlands, it was during this trip that the painter decided to stay in Tarma, where she lived for three years.

From Tarma she travels in the jungle where she is captivated by the exuberance of the jungle, there are few paintings of this time since the theme of the mountain predominates at this stage of her life. Later, the Amazon rainforest gained strength in his painting, after a trip to the Tambopata Reserve.

In 1983, Patricia travelled to Portland, Oregon, USA, where she studied the human figure, ceramics and various engraving techniques at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

It was in Portland that Patricia repeated the success of her first show by selling 90% of her first show in Oregon on the night of the opening of her first show at the Folk Craft Art Gallery.

Soon after, Patricia won a scholarship to study art at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York.

The CooperIl Foundationit has three schools, art, engineering, architecture. All students receive scholarships, they enter because of their talent. Students enjoy constant support from the school in all directions, the foundation enjoys an excellent reputation

The painter describes the time she lived in New York as fascinating.

However, the nostalgia for the terroir is stronger and Patricia returns to Peru, in its long-awaited mountains. It is here that the painter finds the Amazonian exuberance enla Reserve de Tambopata, but it is not only the landscape that attracts him but its inhabitants and mysticism.

Here he makes contact with local healers, who enrich his vision of the jungle.

The Amazonian landscapes will appear long later in his paintings, legends and myths integrating into the green exuberance enriching the result.

From Tarma to today, Patricia has traveled a large part of the national territory collecting the Andean landscape on her paintings. Currently, the painter resides in Lima after living for five years in a fishing village in northern Peru, Màncora, looking for new landscapes for her paintings, thus completing her journey through Peru, the coast, the Sierra and the jungle.

On December 14, 1976, Patricia Henricy's first solo exhibition was inaugurated in what was then the best art gallery in Lima.

In less than two hours, 19 paintings were sold on the evening of the inauguration, becoming overnight the youngest successful painter in the country, Patricia was 22 years old.

From there, everything would travel and paint for this talented and courageous painter who traveled alone in most of Peru, repeatedly in the dilapidated buses that cross the rugged geography of Peru.

Patricia remembers that when she was a child, the servants, almost always of Andean origin, told her stories of their life in the fields, vaquitas, lambs, sowing, crops. Perhaps this is how he learned to love the Andes, the truth is that when he traveled to the mountains for the first time, he felt that he was returning to something very expensive, in a place where he had never been before ... He wanted a place I didn't know.

Currently, the painter resides in Lima, Peru and continues to travel ...

The painting "Carnival Vilcaìno" represents one of the most interesting trips that the painter has made to the interior of the country.

In 2011, with a group of friends from the Backpackers Club, Patricia walked through the wonderful landscapes of the Nor-Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve, a place where there are many snow-capped mountains, lagoons and rivers whose waters are of a magical aquamarine color.

Also archaeological remains and remains of worship in the great Apu Pariacacca, a beautiful snowy mountain venerated in the time of the Incas.

It is these landscapes, the inhabitants of the Andes and the local customs that give life to Patricia's paintings, it is a testimony of life in the Andes of Peru.

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