The Institute for Hispanic Culture in Houston opens a new exhibit on May 7: Story of the Spices
The Institute for Hispanic Culture of Houston will open the Exhibition “When the Spanish and Portuguese left: Story of the Spices “ on May 7th, 2016 featuring renowned Indonesian abstract artist HANAFI. The exhibition will be officiated by the Consul General of Indonesia, Mr. Henk Edward Haroinsong. The exhibit will run through May 18. The Institute for Hispanic Culture is located at 3315 Sul Ross Street in Houston. For more information about this exhibition, visit IHCH.
Hanafi is considered an important figure in the art world. In Indonesia, he was among the ten best in the Phillip Morris Indonesia Art Awards in 1997 and a finalist in the Indofood Art Awards in 2002 and 2003. HANAFI has held exhibitions at the Saathchi Gallerie in London and the Museum of Girona in Spain. His work has also been exhibited in Canada, Japan and Singapore. He has participated in over 80 art exhibitions including the National Gallery of Art in Jakarta which was attended by 8,000 people this March.
On his first exhibition in the US., HANAFI brings his passion for creating abstraction through his own unique use of color, shape and form and brings to life the distant history of Spain’s involvement with the trade of five “precious” spices that once were worth their weight in gold and available only to royalty in the 1500’s. HANAFI’s abstract paintings are characterized by his minimalistic elegant muted color palette, the use of light brown, gold, blue, grey and white infused with the luminosity of natural light.
During Hanafi’s visit to Houston, he will also take part in a cultural exchange organized by the General Consulates of Indonesia and Colombia. The event will take place on May 19 and will feature a live art performance accompanied by pianists from both countries. Hanafi and his protégé, Nubia Gala, a Colombian abstract painter, will create a live painting on stage.