Digital gallery will serve as a catalog of Costa Rican plastic works for students and researchers of the arts.

A digital record of 8,000 works of more than 100 Costa Rican plastic artists or who have resided in Costa Rica. This is the Pinacoteca Costarricense Electrónica (“Pincel”), the first digital database that stores decades of Costa Rican art with multiple techniques.

The project aims to rescue the history of Costa Rican art in a digital and documentary manner as a cultural heritage of humanity, and to share in an accessible way the works of national plastic artists who are currently in private collections or even without being disseminated.

The gallery is a digital platform, free and which can be accessed from all electronic devices on the website www.artecostarica.cr, which will be launched next August 23rd at 7pm at the Museum of Costa Rican Art.

Conceived by two ex-teachers of Plastic Arts in the School of General Studies of the UCR, the gallery was born as a project of plastic work of Costa Rican artists to use in their classes.

“Floria Barrionuevo and I taught in General Studies, but there was no material to teach. The material that existed was of foreign and not Costa Rican paintings. Then we started taking pictures and slides to use in class. That’s how we came up with books from those slides, “says María Enriqueta Guardia, creator of the art gallery.

At the beginning the books were created and taken to the libraries of the university, where they are still. However, they began to comment on the importance of digitizing the works so that they would not be lost, since the Costa Rican climate tends to damage the slides.

Before finishing the process, Floria Barrionuevo assumed the direction of the School of Plastic Arts and Enriqueta decided to continue with the project of digitizing the works to expand her access.

Thus, she worked for 14 years for the art gallery, visited authors, owners of private collections and the relatives of the authors of the oldest works to obtain the permits to build the database.

“It’s my job of a life as a teacher. My essence as an educator is evident here, in how I am trying to contribute material that will be essential in the education and research of Costa Rican art,” said Guardia.

In addition, he assures that he expects the gallery to be a contribution to the national and international community interested in Costa Rican art.

Currently, the project is part of the initiatives promoted by Proinnova of the UCR.

“This project allows us to achieve international prestige because we managed to make the history of Costa Rican art visible in one place. On the other hand, it allows to be a way to generate artistic education, and it is accessible to young people, children and art lovers. It also becomes a mechanism for researching the history of art, “said Yorleny Campos, Manager of Innovation at Proinnova.



Valeria López Sedó

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