Spanish artist explores Pakistan through art

Gonzalo Navarro’s oil paintings capture country’s rich landscapes, vibrant inhabitants

Zulfiqar Baig May 23, 2024
Art pieces depicting vivid images of snow leopards, tigers, wolves and foxes are being showcased at the exhibition. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE


An exhibition titled “Impressions of Pakistan,” by an acclaimed Spanish artist, offering a mesmerising collection of modern impressionist works inspired by Navarro's profound experiences in Pakistan, was inaugurated at the Pakistan National Council of Pakistan (PNCA) on Wednesday.

The PNCA organised the show in collaboration with The Embassy of Spain in Islamabad. Ambassador of Spain to Pakistan, Jose A. de Ory, alongside PNCA Director General, Ayoub Jamali, inaugurated the show.

The artist, Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro’s 52 oil paintings, each capturing Pakistan's rich landscapes and vibrant inhabitants, are on display for art lovers.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador de Ory said: “It is truly a privilege to witness the remarkable talent of Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro and the deep connection he has formed with Pakistan through his art. His ability to capture the essence of this beautiful country is commendable and serves as a testament to the strong cultural ties between Spain and Pakistan.”

Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Valencia with further training from renowned institutions like the Taller del Prado in Madrid, brought with him a wealth of artistic expertise. Mentored by prominent artists such as Carlos Moreu Spa and Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Navarro's career spanned over 50 exhibitions, including eight solo showcases across Spain and the United States. His outstanding contributions to the art world have earned him several prestigious awards.

Navarro’s deep connection with Pakistan was evident in his latest exhibition, a culmination of his immersive study of the country and its people from 2022 to 2024. Through his brushstrokes, he encapsulated the essence of Pakistan's diverse landscapes and cultural tapestry.

The exhibition will remain open for viewing till May 27 at Gallery 6 of PNCA, Islamabad.

On Thursday (today) Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro will conduct a talk and painting demonstration at 11am at the PNCA Lecture Hall.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2024.


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