"I was drawn by the freedom of expression and the ability to express my feelings on canvas, creating scenes in the infinity of colors and tonalities that nature gives us each day.""I was born on April 3, 1965. My childhood is filled with wonderful memories. When I was in primary school, I'd pull weeds in the cornfields in my spare time. I also fed my mother's cows, and learned to milk them, which I enjoyed. My father was a farmer and cultivated corn and beans.
"I first became interested in art through my father's friend Oscar Peren, a great naïf painter. Working in oils on canvas, he painted traditional regional themes. The way he combined colors and used the brushes amazed me! I realized I wanted to paint, too, that it was my vocation. I began to save up to buy materials, because I didn't have money in those days.
"Painting became my fascination because I was curious about mixing colors and obtaining different tonalities. I was drawn by the freedom of expression and the ability to express my feelings on canvas, creating scenes in the infinity of colors and tonalities that nature gives us each day.
"When I'd saved enough money for materials, I sat down to paint what would be my first work. It was small – only 8 by 10 inches. I planned to paint some hens and chicks, but the final result looked more like crows than the chickens I'd imagined. I kept that painting for five years until it got lost.
"I began my career in 1983 and, through a lot of effort, I've been able to build my home. In the front room I've set up a small gallery where I exhibit my paintings. I also show my art in other galleries and sometimes the Bank of Guatemala requests some of my work. This is a source of pride for me.
"When I look back, I remember some difficult times but with a happy ending. The Bienal de Arte Paiz is not just an important exhibition, but the event that consolidates the Guatemala artistic scene. It has changed people's attitudes toward contemporary art and has become a key element in my country's contemporary culture. In 1984, I had to hurry to finish a painting to enter. I was worried, as I only had a little paint left. But with the last of it, I was able to finish the painting and raced to submit it on time. Weeks later, I was surprised to receive a letter informing me I'd taken first place in the free-style category. It was one of the best moments of my life, and that feeling has accompanied me my whole life.
"When they were young, my children painted. Now, with their schoolwork, they don't have time for it anymore. I wish they'd take the art inside them more seriously and spend their free time painting. I dream that painting will become a Chalí family tradition."
Filiberto Chalí is one of the best known landscape painters in Guatemala. He has exhibited his work in New York's El Desfile Cultural Hispano de New York and in Arte Contemporáneo Guatemalteco in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2001, he participated in the XII Festival de Arte Sacro in Madrid, and has also shown his work in Paris and in Sweden.
10 items by Filiberto Chali
Signed Painting of a Church from Guatemala
Ancient Mercy, Signed Painting of a Church from Guatemala
Filiberto ChaliDrawing inspiration from the beautiful architecture of Antigua Guatemala, Filiberto Chali paints a composition lovingly realized in a realist style. Behind brick walls and tiled roofs, a golden tower...$347.99
Signed Architectural Painting by a Guatemalan Artist
Ancient Capuchinas, Signed Architectural Painting by a Guatemalan Artist
Filiberto ChaliFraming a tiled courtyard with a fountain, ancient archways made of stone are accented by towering floral bushes. Working in a detailed, realist style, Guatemalan artist Filiberto Chali paints from...$347.99
Oil Painting from Guatemala
Making Balloons, Oil Painting from Guatemala
Filiberto ChaliCalla lilies and bougainvillea bloom beneath the blue skies of autumn. Wearing the traditional red and blue of Comalapa, women work alongside men crafting balloons while a flute and drum convey the...$834.99
Las Animas Street
Guatemala Fine Art Painting
Las Animas Street, Guatemala Fine Art Painting
Filiberto ChaliBougainvillea blossoms in brilliant colors on stone walls that hide colonial homes. In the distance, the Acatenango volcano and Yepocapa mountain rise blue beneath an azure sky. Filiberto Chalí...$1,299.99
They Are Stealing the Girl
Kidnapping the Bride Painting Signed Guatemalan Fine Art
They Are Stealing the Girl, Kidnapping the Bride Painting Signed Guatemalan Fine Art
Filiberto Chali"I like to show our ancestors' traditions through my art, so that our children realize how different is their life compared to my generation, and older," confides Filiberto Chali. Painting...$349.99
Signed Realist Cityscape Painting from Guatemala
Arch Street, Signed Realist Cityscape Painting from Guatemala
Filiberto ChaliWith this painting, Filiberto Chali shares a cherished view from the city of Antigua Guatemala. Front and center, the bright yellow Santa Catalina Arch watches over a cobbled street. Filiberto works...$1,129.99
Realist Landscape Painting from Guatemala
San Cristobal, Realist Landscape Painting from Guatemala
Filiberto ChaliOffering a cherished view of the district of San Cristóbal, this impressive landscape painting brings the beauty of the Peruvian countryside to your home. In the foreground, a village sprawls over...$499.99
San Antonio Palopo
Signed Landscape Painting from Guatemala
San Antonio Palopo, Signed Landscape Painting from Guatemala
Filiberto ChaliOffering a vista of the district of San Antonio Palopó, this impressive landscape painting bring a touch of Guatemalan beauty to your home. In the foreground, a small village rests on a hillside...$499.99
From Birth to Death
Signed Original Allegorical Oil Painting of the Life Cycle
From Birth to Death, Signed Original Allegorical Oil Painting of the Life Cycle
Filiberto ChaliBy Filiberto Chalí, this intriguing canvas explores the mysteries of life and death, and all that comes between. The story begins in the upper right corner where a baby falls earthward, the umbilical...$1,164.99
Street to Saint Francis
Signed Painting of a Street in Guatemala
Street to Saint Francis, Signed Painting of a Street in Guatemala
Filiberto ChaliGlistening with rain water, a cobbled street passes in front of a colonial archway in this scene by Guatemalan artist Filiberto Chali. Working in a realist style, he paints this composition from a...$347.99
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