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Exhibition by Spanish artist opens at PNCA

By Jamila Achakzai
May 23, 2024
A representational image showing visitors examine art piece on the walls during an exhibition. — APP/File
A representational image showing visitors examine art piece on the walls during an exhibition. — APP/File

Islamabad:The Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), in collaboration with The Embassy of Spain in Islamabad, inaugurated a captivating art exhibition by acclaimed Spanish artist Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro. Titled ‘Impressions of Pakistan,’ the exhibition offered a mesmerizing collection of modern impressionist works inspired by Navarro's profound experiences in Pakistan.

The inauguration ceremony, graced by His Excellency Jose A. de Ory, Ambassador of Spain in Islamabad, alongside M. Ayoub Jamali, Director General PNCA, and esteemed guests, was held at PNCA Gallery no. 6. Attendees were treated to a remarkable showcase of 52 oil paintings, each capturing the rich landscapes and vibrant inhabitants of Pakistan.

Reflecting on the occasion, Ambassador de Ory commented, "It is truly a privilege to witness the remarkable talent of Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro and the deep connection he has formed with Pakistan through his art. His ability to capture the essence of this beautiful country is commendable and serves as a testament to the strong cultural ties between Spain and Pakistan."

Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Valencia with further training from renowned institutions like the Taller del Prado in Madrid, brought with him a wealth of artistic expertise. Mentored by esteemed artists such as Carlos Moreu Spa and Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Navarro's career spanned over 50 exhibitions, including eight solo showcases across Spain and the United States. His outstanding contributions to the art world had earned him several prestigious awards.

Navarro's deep connection with Pakistan was evident in his latest exhibition, a culmination of his immersive study of the country and its people from 2022 to 2024. Through his masterful brushstrokes, he encapsulated the essence of Pakistan's diverse landscapes and cultural tapestry. The "Impressions of Pakistan" exhibition was open to the public from May 22 to May 27 at Gallery 6 of PNCA, Islamabad. Additionally, on May 23 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro conducted a captivating talk and painting demonstration at the PNCA Lecture Hall.

Furthermore, in a heartfelt gesture, 50% of the sales proceeds were directed to the IFWA Charity Fund, dedicated to supporting local NGOs focused on the empowerment of women and children. The event concluded with a sense of admiration and appreciation for Navarro's remarkable talent and his dedication to portraying the beauty of Pakistan through his art.