For the uninitiated, the Dominican Republic is more than just golden sandy beaches, tropical forests and a Jurassic Park-esque setting. Beneath its surface, there is a world of rich culture, intriguing history and most of all, world-class contemporary art.
Dominican Republic is home to world famous contemporary artist Cándido Bidó, whose work had earned him international fame in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. His works were highly sought after by foreigner collectors scattered in the five continents and have even earned him awards such as First Prize in the 12th Biennial of the Fine Arts (for his work ‘Los amantes de la aldea’). As one of the most famous artists in Dominican Republic, he not only introduced art to the Dominican Republic – he also introduced DR to the world.
Born in the central town Bonao in 1936, Bidó had always been inspired by his hometown. Native Wildlife, countryside and nature were elements that were well reflected in their work. With the use of oil, crayon and gouache, he gave his paintings a sense of joy, freshness, tenderness and poetry. He liked to reflect the faces of fruits, flowers and the sun in the Antillean Caribbean landscape. His paintings reflected a love for the people of his country. Bidó was totally devoted to his drawings and paintings, with the sole intention of giving the best of himself and his art. Sadly, he passed away just this March, leaving a legend behind him.
If you’re interested in learning more about Bidó or his art during your Dominican vacation, visit the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo where a collection of his best works are on display. To dive deeper, head to Bonao, Bidó’s hometown. Candido Bidó founded the Museum in the Plaza de la Cultura of Bonao, where his works are on permanent display along with those of other great Dominican painters such as Guillo Pérez, Elsa Nunez and Alonso Cuevas. You’ll also get to see works by American painters like Orlando Vallejo and Alfredo Sinclair. While in Bonao, you can also visit the painting school that was set up by Bidò. With the intention of providing arts education, entertainment and cultural services to the community of the Cibao, he truly contributed immensely to the artistic development of his hometown.
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