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Kaqchikel Maya

San Juan Comalapa

b. 1955

Paula Nicho Cúmez is an internationally known artist. She began as a weaver, and then became part of a collective of women painters that her future husband, artist Samuel Cúmez Curruchich, helped to form. Samuel had travelled to Oaxaca, Mexico, where he met artists in the surrealist tradition.

Paula draws upon her dreams for inspiration. She always paints themes that represented the point of view of a woman and a Maya. Her paintings include elements that symbolize important parts of the Maya culture and cosmovision.

Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

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