Tribute to Luigi Pinedo
The Curaçao Museum is hosting a special exhibition in the Snip Gallery:
‘Through my eyes’
A tribute exhibition to the cherished artist Luigi Pinedo (1926 – 2007).
Curaçao visual artist Luigi Pinedo passed away ten years ago. He was much loved as a person and artist. Together with his students, he painted till the very last. His family organized the present exhibition ‘Through my Eyes’ to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing and to present a book with photographs of all his artworks.
At the exhibition’s opening, there were speeches by Mrs. Lusette Verboom, owner of Gallery Alma Blou and president of Stichting Arte’99, and Mr. Lionel Janga. Mrs. Verboom explained that only some of his paintings were in the exhibition. Most owners of Luigi Pinedo’s artworks could not part with his paintings. His works have so much meaning for the owners that they would or could not lend them for the exhibition.
During the opening ceremony, one of his notable students, the talented Mrs. Nadya Moron, spontaneously shared a precious memory of her last painting session with Luigi Pinedo. At their last plein air painting class, Luigi made a painting of a tree. When he asked his students for comments, they told him that it was a lovely painting but also odd, for they did not recognize his hand in it. Why not? he asked them. Mrs. Moron described how the tree he had painted was placed at an odd angle, did not have leaves or branches, and it was not like him to paint that way. But the morning was finished, so they wrapped up their things, and she later dropped him off at home. The next day she was shocked when she heard that he had passed away. Sometime after, his painting of their last class started making sense to her. Maybe unknowingly, he had painted a foreboding of his passing. In Curaçao, there is a saying, E palu grandi a kai, A great tree has fallen when an important and meaningful person dies. The painting of the branchless tree owns Mrs. Moron.
The book ‘Through my eyes‘ is edited by Gregory Isidora and contains contributions by a.o. Lusette Verboom and Lionel Janga. As is the custom in Curaçao, it was baptized. Godfather Herman George baptized the book by pouring rose petals over it. The first copy was handed to the Governor, Mrs. Lucille George-Wout, by the daughters of Luigi Pinedo, Mrs. Muriel Saab-Pinedo, and Mrs. Karin Isidora-Pinedo.
Curaçao Art extends its congratulations to Luigi Pinedo’s daughters, their families, and all those who contributed to the publication and exhibition.
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