Matanzas fine artists involved in the A todo color (Full color) project for life aims to strengthen the collaboration with the centers of homeless children and cancer patients in the world, and spread a message about the preservation of the environment, in coordination with specialists of the Republic of Ecuador, experience seeking to extend the rest of Latin America.
Liz Rosa Suárez Raad, Matanzas representative painter Jesús Alberto Mederos, one of the protagonists of this effort, said about the particularities of noble purpose: “The project is to work for a better world to be possible, add our two cents with artwork painters and what we can do for life, help the world become a better place.
“Today we help Native Amazonian Ecuador against Chevron, but the same tomorrow we can intervene in another case, always trying to do something good for our planet.
“We have helped children with cancer, to institutions of homeless children and elderly. Our aim is to achieve the unity of Latin America and the peoples of the world.
“When we return to Ecuador on November the 3th will deliver a special box to President Rafael Correa. The work was initiated by the children of the house without parental protection of Matanzas and finished by artists Dairon León Álvarez y Ahmed Michel González Ruau
Jesus Alberto stated on the characteristics of the work: “The picture is quite large, the technique we use in its preparation was acrylic on canvas and has even land and oil instead. From there begins the message of the piece that is totally unrealistic. “
Dairon Leon Alvarez recalled some of the actions implemented in which art became the star of the just claim for the rights of men. “We did two murals, the first in the Electricity Committee of Quito, where we were welcomed with gratitude and the second at the House of Culture in August, the image will be used as the emblem of the campaign against Chevron.”
Liz Rosa Suárez also mentioned other actions that have been developed for this purpose. “In the House of Culture in Quito also did an exhibition where raffled off one of the boxes Mederos and that money is donated to a charity dedicated to helping the indigenous people of this region to continue its case against Chevron.
“We also do a paint shop and launched a Latin American painting competition with children from Ecuador and now we intend to do with children in Cuba to bring jobs there.“
Ahmed Michel González Ruau, despite his youth, has managed to direct his talent for an altruistic cause. “I think the most important of these projects is that we are taught to fully commit to a cause greater than the act of creating or simply paint for aesthetic pleasure or for a purely artistic taste.
“It is essential in this effort to route the work of each, individual ways to make towards a larger goal, with an impact to the world that goes beyond just our opinion though our voices are younger.”
Jesus Alberto Mederos noted how ProNature joined this notion: “This project has been with me several years. My work has always been organic. In 2000 I participated in the World Food Programme event, which got third place worldwide. I later inserted in the program we are still on time and purpose grew.
“Once we made the proposal closer to the reality of Ecuador to work in both mural Dayron mentioned, we accept.
“I fell in love with the idea because it addressed the environmental issue, but inserting the concept of the struggle for life. So I started working against the American oil corporation which considerably affected the Amazon.
“It is very important to emphasize that our purpose we have the support of the Guayasamín Foundation also auctioned a painting to raise funds for indigenous children in the Amazon.“
But the scope of this project not only benefits those affected by the actions of Chevron. For Jesus Alberto Mederos has a very special significance. “This project has allowed me to realize the dream of my life to devote to a cause strong enough to have an idea of the complexity of this process we can mention that the fight involved two thousand American lawyers against 21 Ecuador, France, Canada and the United States.
“The effects are quite serious because it directly affect the health of residents. The water consumed contains considerable amounts of oil, even some children instead of cartilage bones have three native tribes of the Amazon region disappeared and the largest, with about 4000 people were almost depleted. “
Artists are also involved also in making other murals, as Ayon street in Matanzas city engalanen. “We are evaluating points of Matanzas because the idea of this course is to build landscapers want to open muralists, all to put our two cents in Matanzas because we really want to do something for our Matanzas, Matanzas start from the world.”
The A todo color project for life , in which involve Matanzas artists, represents an example of solidarity and commitment of the Cuban people, who are looking to give away a breath of hope to the most disadvantaged people, while culture spreads worldwide .
Images of the A todo color Project
Photos courtesy of the artist
Author’s Note: The Chevron Texaco is an American oil transnational that has caused damages to the nature of the Amazon, which adversely affect the health of its indigenous population. In the quest to increase profits, the American private enterprise since 1984 drilled over 300 oil wells where they threw waste and scrap, which has become the largest toxic spill in history.
Original text by Jessica Mesa Duarte on September 30th, 2014