Shasta College is pleased to announce an exhibit of Peruvian retablos and accompanying presentations by a guest artist of international renown, Claudio Jimenez Quispe.
Historically, retablos were wooden boxes used to transport religious themed figures into the Andean highlands during the colonial period of Peru. Today, the retablo tradition also includes folkloric themes and scenes of everyday Andean life and culture. Don Claudio has also adapted the retablo as a means of testimonio, or witnessing, in an attempt to recount the social strife from Peruvian armed conflicts of the 1980s through the corruption of today.
Don Claudio has received numerous international awards for his work, and his art has been well received in many countries, including Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Israel and the United States. His works have been acquired by numerous museums of the world, including the Smithsonian and the Museum of Man.