THE BEAUTY OF COCHINEAL
HUNTINGTON — Mexican painter Edgar Jahir Trujillo may only be 31, but his painting techniques and paint connect him to his ancient ancestors.
The renowned painter, who hails from the isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, paints only with pigments of animal, vegetables and minerals, and using such ancient, and highly-sought after Cochineal, or Blood of Cactus, and other natural dyes, he develops artistic pieces on handmade paper with e-Hispanic or primitive techniques.
As part of the Marshall University’s Department of Modern Languages celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Jahir Trujillo will share “The Beauty of Cochineal” beginning Wednesday. Jahir Trujillo will present workshops on using this ancient pigment and an exhibition opening reception Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 26-29.
An artist talk and Q&A is planned for 4:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Visual Arts Center at 927 3rd Ave., Huntington. It will be followed by a workshop for registered participants from 5 to 7 p.m. The following day, Jahir Trujillo will present a workshop for Marshall painting students.
An opening reception for Jahir Trujillo’s paintings is planned for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Studio 8, at 8th Avenue and 8th Street in Huntington.
These events are free with sponsorship from Online Learning and Libraries, MU Students Affairs and Marshall’s Department of Modern Languages. The event was organized by the Department of Modern Languages and the College of Arts and Media
Jahir Trujillo, who has been featured in publications and TV shows around the globe, has described painting with Cochineal, whose vibrant red is used for lipstick and other products, as if “you are painting with a pure and noble blood.”
Cristina Burgueno, professor of Spanish at Marshall, said his visit is a unique opportunity to learn from a highly regarded young artist using ancient means to create vibrant new works. His paint strokes have been characterized as liquid fabric.
“Jahir is bringing to us an ancient and beautiful pigment used in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans and using it to depict the culture and the nature of Oaxaca,” said Cristina Burgueno, professor of Spanish. “This is a unique opportunity for us to be in touch with this amazing pigment, Cochineal. Come experience the originality and uniqueness of this pigment in the works of an extraordinary painter.”
For more information about Jahir Trujillo’s upcoming visit, contact Dr. Maria Cristina Burgueno, firstname.lastname@example.org.