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Mar 2, 2022

Belizean Painter Inspired by Prime Minister of Barbados

Belizean painter Alex Sanker is on the island of Ambergris Caye painting a special piece in honor of Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados. The painting is inspired by Prime Minister Mottley’s COP 26 speech. Sanker is hoping word of the painting gets to Prime Minister Mottley before her departure on Thursday. Here is what he told us today when we visited him inside the park in downtown San Pedro.


Alex Sanker, Artist

“First thing I want to make clear, what she represents is going to benefit all of us. What happens this week in our country, I love so much, we are a community in the Caribbean. People like her stand out because she has a passion for what she is trying to expose and what she is trying to accomplish. I have been looking at her with climate change for quite some time, but when it really shook me was when they had the COP 26. That speech I could have heard it in her voice and everything. You know what is crazy, I do a lot of historical pieces. I always tell people, it may rub off and a lot of people might like certain pieces, but it is about the history. So, a hundred years from now, your kids will be reading books off my pieces. And, like I had mentioned to you earlier, once she sees this painting and she likes it, I am going to give it to her as a gift from Belize.”



“So, your intention is to get this painting to her?”


Alex Sanker

Alex Sanker

“Get this painting to her, because she definitely is the type of people I look up to because they are leaders and she also represents a lot for the future. A lot of us doing stuff for the kids of tomorrow, that is why I have so much respect for her. I have so much respect for her. I don’t know she was going to come here. I was planning to do it and travel all the way to Barbados and try to find her. I don’t think it would be a problem to talk the press in Barbados and say I brought this for your Prime Minister.”



“When you found out she was here, you began working on it.”


Alex Sanker

“I have to make this clear, people always see the bandwagon but don’t know what it takes to get the bandwagon rolling.”

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