Costa Rica Howler June 2022 International Digital Magazine

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ARTS CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT

Alejandro Mendez Hernandez Painting to Preserve and Protect Nature

by Charlene Golojuch Photos courtesy of Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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apturing the stunning biodiversity of Costa Rica’s forests, rivers and mountains, artist Alejandro Mendez Hernandez strives to raise awareness and encourage viewers to protect and preserve, as he calls it, "our green treasure … our nature."

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

It is his appeal to protect these ecosystems that are a source of life, and an invitation to enjoy the country's humid tropical forests, waterfalls, mountains and rivers that reflect our nature.

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"An artist has an important role in society, not only as a form of entertainment, but also as a communicator, critic, and to influence culture by instilling moral or spiritual values," says Mendez. Roaming the countryside always provides Mendez with an abundance of inspiration for his artwork. With his incorporation of Costa Rican traditions and his imagination, we are seamlessly transported into his world. Painting with both oils and acrylics in a soft and realistic style, it is Mendez's attention to details that conveys his message and creativity.