Artist: Mónica Luza

Born: Lima, Peru

Address: Mónica Luza - Atelier Brunnenstr. 9a, 10119 Berlin

Phone: 030 - 283 32 16



1988 - ENCUENTROS, Instituto Hondureno de Cultura Interamericana,

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

1990 - DISCURSO Y FICCION, Galeria de Arte El Laberinto,

San Salvador, El Salvador

1993 - COLECTIVA, Galeria Sol del Rio, Ciudad de Guatemala,

1994 - DE-S-CONSTRUCCION, Galeria Trapecio, Lima, Peru

1996 - MALEREI AUF PAPIER, Galerie Berlitz Institut, Berlin

1997 - PERU - MUJER, Museo de Arte Brasileira de FAAP, Sao Paulo,


1999 - PHASEOLUS LUNATUS, Galeria Sol del Rio,

Ciudad de Guatemala

2000 - PHASEOLUS LUNATUS, Museo Regional de ICA, Peru

2000 - NUEVOS HORIZONTES, Scarborough Art Center, Toronto, Canada



In order to showcase the beauty and variety of the traditional folklore in Guatemala, the bear is decorated in typical Guatemalan clothing, so that the viewer can become acquainted with the old but still popular Guatemalan textile art.

Looking at the native costumes one can see the Maya tradition as well as the influence of the Spanish conquistadores, in the method of production, just as in design and materials used.

The traditional costumes vary depending on region, social class, occupation and the occasion for which they are used. Next to the article of clothing intended for daily use, there is also clothing for religious and otherwise important social occasions which often consists of impressive materials with additional ornaments.

The "huipil" (blouse), the skirt, the sash (belt), and the "tzute" (cloth with many uses) and the "tocado" (hairpiece) are all elements of the way in which a Guatemalan Indian woman traditionally dresses.

In this case, the Bearess is wearing a "tocado" which is worn during festivities in Chajul, a place in the northeast of Guatemala.

Mónica Luza

Sponsor: Honorarkonsul der Republik Guatemala, Otto Eckart