Peruvian native Clorinda Chávez Galdós Bell will exhibit her work beginning February 13 at the Tennessee Arts Commission. Like her ancestors, Bell paints in the tradition of the Cuzco School of Religious Art, a style of Peruvian painting that was introduced to Cuzco by Italian artist and Jesuit monk Bernardo Bitti in the sixteenth century. Bitti´s iconography served as a form of religious education for the indigenous peoples.
One of the first women to work in this genre, Bell began painting at the age of eleven and was soon helping her father and brothers create communal canvases in the family studio. Since moving to Tennessee, Bell has continued the family tradition on her own.
Clorinda Chávez Galdós Bell: Cuzco School of Religious Art will be on display February 13 through March 28 at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, 401 Charlotte Avenue. For more information about this exhibit, visit