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Aug 8, 2012

Celebrating life of Benjamin Nicholas in acrylic paints

The iconic Belizean artist, Benjamin Nicholas, passed away in Dangriga on April ninth. This past Monday, would have been his eighty-second birthday, and the Embassy of Mexico is honoring him with two exhibitions, showcasing his works in Dangriga and Belize City. Nicholas is described as a great proponent for the Garifuna, promoting the culture through his paintings. The works of the artist can be seen in homes, businesses and museums across Belize as well as in countries such as Cuba, South Africa, Venezuela and Canada. To pull off the exhibits, the Mexican Embassy has partnered with Atlantic Bank and NICH to display paintings from their private collections. The first exhibit opened at the Sacred Heart Church in Dangriga on August third and this Thursday, the second will open in Belize at the Institute of Mexico on Newtown Barracks. Press Officer, Marcelino Miranda says that the tribute to Nicholas is also an opportunity for the younger generation to enjoy his work.


Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Institute of Mexico

Marcelino Miranda

“The Embassy of Mexico is pleased to present this exhibition on Benjamin Nicholas. This is a joint effort with Atlantic Bank and NICH and this is going to be the first exhibition that is a tribute to this remarkable Belizean artist that is Benjamin Nicholas. The first exhibit was held in Dangriga, the place where he worked and lived for most of his fifty year career. This exhibition is going to be opened at the Institute of Mexico on Thursday, August ninth at six-thirty p.m.  This effort includes also a special booklet that was printed by the Mexican Embassy with the support of Atlantic Bank and NICH and the funds from this booklet that is going to be sold at the exhibition is going to go in benefit of the Nicholas family.”


Delahnie Bain

“And this is all being done in honor of his birthday?”


Marcelino Miranda

“Yes, this is in order to pay tribute to Benjamin Nicholas and additionally, the Mexican Embassy with Atlantic Bank and NICH put together part of his work that nowadays are in private collections. But the Embassy decided that this was going to be a very good opportunity to come together to put together all these works and in this exhibition the public will have a chance to enjoy more than twenty-five paintings and at the same time, they are going to enjoy music performed by Pen Cayetano, who is a very close friend of Nicholas. He is also paying tribute to his friend and also, Pen Cayetano has mentioned, Benjamin Nicholas was not only a painter that contributed with his art to expressing Garifuna culture, but at the same time he inspired lots of Belize artists. So the Mexican Embassy hopes that with this exhibit, more young people, children are going to be able to enjoy his work and also to feel inspire with his art.”


The exhibit at the Institute of Mexico will be open to the public until August sixteenth. A third exhibit was planned for Belmopan, but it was cancelled due to hurricane Ernesto.

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