Salvadoran Folk Art

Village by artist Fernando Llort

The traditional style of art in El Salvador comes from the northern town of La Palma, and that is where artists are trained and live today.
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Originating from an artist named Fernando Llort, the art is simple and colorful, typically making use of animals such as birds, rabbits, and turtles, as well as common objects such as flowers, trees, and houses.
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After traveling and studying in Europe in the United States, Llort returned to El Salvador amidst war. Leaving San Salvador for La Palma, he started an artist workshop called, “La Semilla de Dios.”
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Teaching the people of La Palma to make art has given them an alternative way to make a living. Today, if you buy a souvenir in El Salvador, chances are it will feature folk art in this traditional style.
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One of my own souvenirs:
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A wooden cross from El Salvador


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Photos of murals in La Palma, which I really love.
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© All rights reserved by Richard & Jo


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© All rights reserved by Richard & Jo


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Image source: Permission granted by Flickr users Richard & Jo, (gracias!)
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Links:
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The website of artist, Fernando Llort (Free gift when you join the mailing list!)
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Souvenirs – Latinaish.com
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Souvenirs Part II – Latinaish.com
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5 thoughts on “Salvadoran Folk Art

  1. I’ve always liked the colors. They are very vibrant.

    A minor point of clarification, Llort is credited with organizing efforts of local artisans versus developing the styles per se.

    There are a number of collectives in La Palma that sprung up as a result of his work and its become a primary source of income for many local artisans.

    I recently came across a slightly different style, found in the eastern highlands. Colors are similar, but the style is a bit different. I actually tend to like it a bit more than the more traditional items found in La Palma. For those that don’t know the geography of the area, La Palma is in the northwest region of the country.

    I’ll post a link to a pic with a tray I bought which depicts the other style I mention.

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