Residents of Quebradas, Perez Zeledon, consider ourselves very fortunate
to be living, walking, and driving among the paintings of one of the premier
artists of Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica: Luis Guillermo Barrantes.
“Memo”, as he is known to friends and family, has painted five boulders
along the Quebradas Road with themes reflecting the natural beauty of
Born in Quebradas in 1948, Memo is a true local hero. He was born just
after the 1948 Civil War of Costa Rica. His father fought and died in that
conflict, and the old-timers of Quebradas can all tell stories of his bravery
and his legacy to the community through his son.
Barrantes discovered his artistic talent early on. Classmates would invite
him to draw and paint their notebooks, and it was thus that he began the
groundwork for his passion, which has now become his profession.
The most impressive masterpiece of his Quebradas Boulders is located
at the intersection of the Quebradas Road and Calle Barrantes. This
boulder is a true eulogy to Perez Zeledon wildlife, complete with nutria,
frogs, pizotes, cranes, iguanas, tepezcuintles (spotted paca), toucans, and
is anchored by a prowling jaguar whose eyes follow the viewer as you move
in front of the stone: our own Mona Lisa of the jungle.
Memo says he identifies strongly with that jaguar, calling him feline,
majestic, and elegant. His four other boulders are equally detailed, although
more modest in size, and also celebrate local nature and culture. Neighbors
have reacted with admiration and pride in our local artistic phenom.
Barrantes retired in 2011 from a career with Instituto Costarricense de
Acueductos. He spends his time painting on canvas in his favorite medium,
oils, and his works are included in private collections and galleries. He
exhibits his works locally and continues to accept commissions for portraits
and other community projects. This barely leaves him time for his other
passion — drumming — for which he is also renowned.
To contact the artist, please call 506.8924.1566 (Spanish).