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Paiz Art Biennial

Paiz Art Biennial /  © Photo: Courtesy of Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo

Special Feature by UiU:

Created in 1978 in Guatemala, the Paiz Art Biennial stands out as one of the oldest biennials in the world and the second oldest in Latin America. At that time, the artist Zipacná de León and the businessman, politician and cultural philanthropist Don Rodolfo Paiz Andrade, noticed the lack of a meeting point for local artists and decided to launch the first Biennial, with the purpose of stimulating the creative practice of Guatemalan and foreign artists living in the country, and to show the development of the visual arts to the Guatemalan public.

The Biennial is an important platform for increasing the visibility of national, regional and international visual arts. It is a dynamic and lively event that is in constant renewal. Accompanying the exhibitions there is an essential pedagogical component designed for the different audiences. The Biennial allows to approach the potential of art as a tool for building more inclusive spaces, for creating encounters and debating ideas, for discovering ways of conceiving the world, and thus to empower creativity, production and education as mechanisms of development and transformation.

(From press information. © Photo top: Courtesy of Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo. Others: Paiz Art Biennial)


Fundación Paiz para la Educación y la Cultura (Paiz Foundation for Education and Culture) is a non-profit organization, committed to the development and transformation of Guatemalan society. Created four decades ago as a corporate social responsibility organization, it is now a purely family-run entity. Since its establishment, it carries out its activities through educational, cultural and artistic programs. Every year, Paiz Foundation has an impact on the lives of more than 60,000 people through different educational and social outreach programs.

Fundación Paiz
11 Avenida 33-32, Zona 5
Ciudad de Guatemala
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