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Josue Hernandez – Art with a message

Josué Hernandez

A new year, a new talent on the Global Trade Project! What color do you picture in your head when thinking of New Year? Mine is a combination of red, almost exactly the colors that are used by this next talented artist!

Josué Hernández lives in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Like Alvarado, he represents a new and upcoming generation of artists that are fast on their way to the top. With his typical different style, it’s hard not to notice and recognise his paintings.

What makes Josué special? Well, I hope the video will convince you, but for me, it was just a first glimpse of one of his works that made me want to share this with you. In my search for talent I was passing by a handicraft shop with some of his paintings on the wall. I skipped the idea of featuring a total village around Xela (I hope someone else will do this in the future) and went straight for this special talent. Take a look!

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The material Josué uses is manta and canvas, texture and aquarel (watercolor). The paintings in his video are for sale. Below I added three paintings that also feature in the video. Prices are around 1800 quetzal (224,57 USD, € 168,24). This does not include shipping costs (normally around € 20,-). Take a closer look at the pictures below and contact me to get in contact with Josué Hernandez!

Happy New Year!


Utzil – Typical Guatemalan doll-workshop

Utzil - doll workshop

For Christmas I prepared something special. Unfortunately the restaurant in El Salvador where I had my Christmas-dinner did the same. Let’s say I’ve never spent so much time in such a small compartment around this time of year before.

However, I’m feeling on the up again, and I would like to promote this special place in Quetzaltenango (Xela). Like my idea for launching this video, Utzil originally also started with the goal to make Christmas more special: with Christmas dolls. Slowly however, it evolved in something based more on the typical Guatemalan culture.

Now, 33 years later, we are welcomed in the workshop to see how Utzil keeps the typical Guatemalan cultural clothing alive forever by making beautiful handmade dolls.

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Utzil is not only special because of the typical dolls that are made there. When I was at the workshop, it felt like a tight group of people that take care of each other. Prices will follow shortly (as communication is difficult when gripping to the side of a toilet seat).

Update: you can now get in contact with Utzil directly via their new website! Check it out at

Merry Christmas!

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