Oil on canvas paintings in Central America
"Today, most of my paintings have been inspired by things I've experienced. Part of my theme is the poverty in which many campesinos are submerged.""My name is Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal but, in my hometown, everyone calls me Boni and that's how I like to be known.
"I was born on May 14, 1962, one of six children. My father worked in the fields. I remember I went to school, but only for one year. My family couldn't afford to keep me in school so, at the age of 11, I went to work in a clothing and shoe store. This brought an extra and very welcome income to my family.
"When I was 15, I began my trajectory in art. There was a photograph of the Cathedral in Guatemala City that I liked very much. I tried to draw it, then I 'painted' it with colored pencils. That's how I became fascinated with the arts. I still have that drawing and I look at it when I need to remember why I began to paint. It helps motivate me when I see how much my work has evolved over more than 20 years as an artist.
"My first painting in oil on canvas was of the Colonial Church of Comalapa. I sold it to a doctor from the capital in 1988. It measured 8 x 11 inches and I sold it for 8 quetzales. It wasn't much, but I felt great satisfaction because it was the first painting I sold as an artist. "I'm very grateful to my cousin for all I've accomplished. He was already an artist and he saw potential in my paintings. So he supported me a lot by giving me pigments and materials so I could work. Today I try to return the favor by helping others who need my assistance. Everyone who asks me for help receives it, if I can possibly do so. I'm proud that one of my students is my son – he is very interested in following in his father's footsteps as a painter.
"I dedicate part of my time to farming because I'm not able to support my family through my paintings alone. In fact, I haven't painted for a while because of this.
"I'm proud that all of my six children are in school. It was very hard for me to get ahead without a formal education, and I didn't want that for my children. As an adult, I was able to finish my basic education and I was 34 when I graduated. A friend who was studying on Sundays urged me to finish school. I did so because I felt an emptiness inside and a great need to learn more. I had a thirst for knowledge.
"My life has been really tough from the beginning. It isn't easy to be born poor. I've struggled tirelessly to reach my dream of being a painter. It's been a rocky road, filled with complications, but I've been able to combine my farm work with my passion for painting.
"Today, most of my paintings have been inspired by things I've experienced. Part of my theme is the poverty in which many campesinos are submerged. In any case, I always think I'm grateful to have been born to a humble family because this has led me to where I am today. If I had been born rich, I don't think I'd be a painter or, at least, not this kind of painter!
"Through painting, I'm able to express myself, share my feelings and, for me, this is the most fascinating part of my art. I've always looked at painting as a pastime and not as a job. Maybe that's why I enjoy it so much.
"Talking with the Guatemalan artist Roberto Cabrera, I learned one of the lessons that have made me reflect the most and have most influenced my style. Robert said that every artist should have a style of his or her own. That's what's important, he told me. To be unique.
"His words stayed on my mind for a long time. I've analyzed them a lot. I wanted to be different and have people recognize my style just by seeing my work. That's why I paint people with disproportionate extremities, very characteristic faces, and always wearing traditional clothing so as not to forget my people and my roots.
"As an artist, my dream is to be able to continue painting and have an international exhibit. I'd like to see other countries and would like my paintings to cross my country's borders."
Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal's work has participated in a number of exhibits in Guatemala as well as in Norway (1997 and 1998) and Denmark (1997). His works form a part of the murals adorning the kiosk in Comalapa's central park, and he was awarded an Honorable Mention in the XII Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala.
25 items by Boni
Colorful Oil Painting of a Small Guatemalan Maya Town
Courting, Colorful Oil Painting of a Small Guatemalan Maya Town
BoniVillagers go about their daily round in the Guatemalan town of San Juan Comalapa. Women come and go carrying clay water jars and a young shepherd leads his lambs to pasture. Set in a tropical...$179.99
School of Christ Church I
Sunset Tone Signed Painting of a Church in Guatemala
School of Christ Church I, Sunset Tone Signed Painting of a Church in Guatemala
BoniSunset gilds the sky above the picturesque town of Antigua. Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal depicts the Calle de los Pasos and the 17th-century School of Christ Church. A total of twelve churches line this...$119.99
Sunset in Atitlan
Signed Sunset Painting of Lake Atitlan
Sunset in Atitlan, Signed Sunset Painting of Lake Atitlan
BoniWorking in luminous oils, Boni captures the magic of sunset on the shore of Lake Atitlan. In the foreground, a village invites visitors to linger awhile. Titled "Atardecer en Atitlán" in...$57.99
Calle San Francisco III
Guatemalan Volcano Village Signed Painting Limited Edition
Calle San Francisco III, Guatemalan Volcano Village Signed Painting Limited Edition
Boni"I was inspired by the street where one of my favorite churches is, Saint Francis Church in the colonial city of Antigua de Guatemala. I love walking down this street too, because you get to...$59.99
Upward Climb Expressionist Painting
Ladder, Upward Climb Expressionist Painting
BoniA ladder stands tall in a fallow field, reaching toward a glowering sky. Stretching laboriously, one rung at a time, a woman in traditional dress struggles up the ladder to the prize at the top – a...
Original Painting from Central America
Harvesting Corn, Original Painting from Central America
BoniInspired by his life in the fields, Boni paints a beautiful portrait of tradition. He depicts a woman wearing traditional Guatemalan attire harvesting corn. Boni depicts the woman with an elongated...
Fine Art Naif Painting from Guatemala
Stilt Walker, Fine Art Naif Painting from Guatemala
BoniWalking barefoot on rustic stilts, she carries a red clay jar balanced on her head. Her expression is serious and purposeful as she makes her way across a barren landscape. This painting by Bonifacio...
Sunset in Antigua Guatemala
Guatemala Signed Oil on Canvas Painting in Yellows
Sunset in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala Signed Oil on Canvas Painting in Yellows
BoniBathed in the yellow radiance of the sunset, the streets are empty in the colonial city of Antigua. Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal depicts a cobblestone lane in the picturesque town. "The vivid colors...$59.99
Sunset at the School of Christ
Limited Edition Signed Painting of a Church in Guatemala
Sunset at the School of Christ, Limited Edition Signed Painting of a Church in Guatemala
BoniBonifacio Maxia Cutzal depicts the Calle de los Pasos and the 17th-century School of Christ Church as sunset gilds the picturesque town of Antigua. A total of twelve churches line the cobblestone lane...$119.99
Lake Atitlan II
Signed Oil Painting of Lake Atitlan in Jewel Colors
Lake Atitlan II, Signed Oil Painting of Lake Atitlan in Jewel Colors
BoniWorking in oil on canvas, Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal celebrates the beauty of Lake Atitlan with its cold, deep waters. The Guatemalan artist paints the view from a cobblestone lane on the shore. In the...$124.99
Santa Catalina Arch
Signed Painting of a Volcano Town from Guatemala
Santa Catalina Arch, Signed Painting of a Volcano Town from Guatemala
BoniBoni paints a colorful composition from Guatemala. In the middle of the Santa Catalina convent, beautiful buildings line a cobbled street, framed against the Arco de Santa Catalina in the distance...$374.99
Calle San Francisco IV
Guatemala Signed Oil on Canvas Painting in Sepia Tones
Calle San Francisco IV, Guatemala Signed Oil on Canvas Painting in Sepia Tones
Boni"Calle San Francisco is one of my favorite streets in Antigua — its colors and flowers, the beautiful landscape," Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal confides. Working in sepia tones, he captures the...$59.99
Road to Lake Atitlan
Artist's View of Lake Atitlan in Oil on Canvas
Road to Lake Atitlan, Artist's View of Lake Atitlan in Oil on Canvas
BoniRounding a curve, a country lane opens onto a dramatic vista of Lake Atitlan. Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal depicts the serene waters of the deep, cold lake set in the crater of an extinct volcano. Titled...
Returning from the Fields
Guatemala Village Life Signed Limited Edition Painting
Returning from the Fields, Guatemala Village Life Signed Limited Edition Painting
Boni"This painting depicts life in my village - the way mothers look after their children is reflected in the caring way they look after their dogs. Many times families will share what little they...$89.99
School of Christ Church Barrio
Signed Painting of a Guatemalan Street in Jewel Colors
School of Christ Church Barrio, Signed Painting of a Guatemalan Street in Jewel Colors
BoniBillowing clouds drift in a blue sky above the picturesque town of Antigua. Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal depicts the Calle de los Pasos and the 17th-century School of Christ Church. A total of twelve...$379.99
San Francisco in Sepia
Nostalgic Oil Painting of Antigua in Sepia and Fuchsia
San Francisco in Sepia, Nostalgic Oil Painting of Antigua in Sepia and Fuchsia
BoniColonial homes sit along a cobblestone lane washed by rain, its puddles reflecting the small but stately houses. In the distance, a volcano raises majestically like a sentinel above Antigua...$374.99
Antigua Guatemala I
Guatemala Town Painting in Oil on Canvas
Antigua Guatemala I, Guatemala Town Painting in Oil on Canvas
BoniThe colonial city of Antigua awakens to a new day, bathed in the radiance of the yellow dawn. Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal depicts a cobblestone street in the picturesque town. "Antigua is one of my...$119.99
San Antonio Palopo II
Signed Oil on Canvas Lake Atitlan Landscape Painting
San Antonio Palopo II, Signed Oil on Canvas Lake Atitlan Landscape Painting
BoniDawn bathes the countryside in golden yellow light. Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal celebrates the beauty of Lake Atitlán and the charm of San Antonio Palopó. "Sunrise on Lake Atitlán is a splendid sight....$114.99
Still Life Painting of Calla Lilies and Corn from Gutaemala
Thanksgiving, Still Life Painting of Calla Lilies and Corn from Gutaemala
BoniInspired by themes of thanksgiving, Guatemalan artist Boni paints this still life composition. In a realist, naif style, he paints a jar of calla lilies with colorful corn cobs and a candle in the...$369.99
Calle San Francisco
Guatemala Signed Oil on Canvas Painting in Yellows
Calle San Francisco, Guatemala Signed Oil on Canvas Painting in Yellows
Boni"Calle San Francisco is one of my favorite streets in Antigua — its colors and flowers, the beautiful landscape," Bonifacio Maxia Cutzal confides. Working in oil on canvas, he captures the...$114.99
Calle de las Animas II
Signed Painting in Oils of a Guatemalan Town
Calle de las Animas II, Signed Painting in Oils of a Guatemalan Town
BoniBright bougainvilleas tumble over yellow stucco walls along a cobblestone lane. In the distance, a volcano stands vigil. "Antigua is inspiring. This is one of its prettiest streets. The...$119.99
Oil Painting of a Village in Guatemala at Sunset
Shepherd, Oil Painting of a Village in Guatemala at Sunset
BoniAt the end of the day, a shepherd walks his sheep through the streets of Comalapa. Neighbors go about their daily shores, carrying firewood and water while a boy plays with a puppy. "I saw this...$99.99
Colorful Signed Oil Painting of Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan, Colorful Signed Oil Painting of Lake Atitlan
BoniBonifacio Maxia Cutzal celebrates the beauty of Lake Atitlan with its cold, deep waters. Working in oil on canvas, he paints the view from a cobblestone lane on the shore. In the distance, the San...$369.99
Calle de las Animas I
Antigua de Guatemala Signed Painting Limited Edition
Calle de las Animas I, Antigua de Guatemala Signed Painting Limited Edition
Boni"Antigua de Guatemala is a very inspiring city. Its cobbled colonial-style streets tirelessly attract tourists - national and international. The city is guarded by the impressive Volcan del Agua...$124.99
Colorful Oil Painting of a Village Scene in Guatemala
Weaver, Colorful Oil Painting of a Village Scene in Guatemala
BoniNeighbors go about their daily shores in a small Guatemalan village. Carrying a hoe over his shoulder, a man walks homeward past women drawing water from the well and a boy who feeds the chickens and...$107.99