The Silent Words of San José – by Lois Charm
Date: October 9th 2017
Every day, voices speak to thousands who walk down the streets of San Jose. These voices range in different sizes, shapes, and come in an infinite amount of colors. The ever-presence of street art in San Jose is one worth mentioning, as with everywhere I have gone, I have been confronted with some of the most detailed, beautiful street art I have ever seen. Coming from a city in the U.S. that doesn´t have as much activity going on, it has been especially overwhelming for me to see the impressive talent behind so many anonymous paintings.
Since I have fallen in love with what artists are doing in Costa Rica, It has made me speculate on whether these artists are receiving the attention they deserve. As a developing artist myself, I can most definitely say that the amount of effort and technique that has been put into a lot of the murals I´ve seen is a level of talent that I haven´t too often come by.
The first thing that really grabs my attention about most of the murals I ´ve seen is the scale and proportion of them. With my semester here being the first time I have gotten experience with public art, under the guidance of professor Jorge Camacho in his mural painting class, I am now more able to interpret the technicalities used in proportionally sizing a painting on a large wall surface.
"I became way more curious about the world, I want to travel more now, I want to meet more people, learn more things, and I’ve made a lot of friends both Costa Rican and American and from all over the world"