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A NAIF ART EXHIBIT OF PILAR CORTES AT THE 'VANIDADES' GALLERY

 A NAIF ART EXHIBIT OF PILAR CORTES AT THE 'VANIDADES' GALLERY
 MIAMI, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Three years after having interrupted its cultural activities, the Vanidades Gallery (6355 N.W. 36 St., Virginia Gardens) will present an exhibit of Colombian painter Pilar Cortes, as of Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
 The exhibit consists of a sample of 30 paintings of typical Colombian scenes...from the life of the Colombian peasants and their surroundings, and the characteristic customs of their small towns, to the popular "fiestas" and many other traditions of that South American country.
 Pilar Cortes is currently one of the principal exponents of the Latin American "naif" paintings, and recognized internationally among the principal artists of our continent. Her works reflect a unique style of the formidably rich Colombian folklore, molded with a very personal and delicate technique of vivid colors. "Pilar Cortes portrays the disappearing rural Colombian life, like a chronicle; she captures all the movement and human feelings in her travels, and then expresses them with her brush," say the international critics of her work. She has been the object of important personal samples, and has participated in many other exhibits, in Colombia, and in several European countries, where her work received several awards. Besides Latin America, her paintings are found in important collections in the United States, England, Sweden, Italy, France and Holland. In this last country, Queen Beatriz has "The Wedding of Manuelita," which she acquired personally some years ago and now hangs prominently at the Royal Palace in The Hague.
 After having lived in Europe and the United States, for several years, Pilar Cortes returned to Bogota, Colombia, where she became a part of a very intense social life, due to the political and diplomatic activities of her husband, Anibal Cortes. "Three years ago, I returned to my people in the countryside...Everyone asked me why I left I left the city, but it's because...with time...we painters withdraw, become silent, very observant and sensitive," explains the artist. "Without intention, we start scrutinizing the souls of those around us, and we begin to eliminate all falsehoods from our lives. I am really provincial, and have returned to my roots." Pilar Cortes currently lives in Gacheta, Department of Cundinamarca.
 This exhibit of Pilar Cortes is the first to be shown in the United States, and will remain open to the public until Jan. 10, 1992, at the Vanidades Gallery, from Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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