Art Brokerage: Elmar Rene Rojas Azurdia Guatemalan Artist: b. 1942. Elmar Rene Rojas Azurdia was born in Guatemala in 1942. He practiced as an architect before studying art in Guatemala, Spain, France and Italy. He funded the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala in Central America, and he was the subject of many exhibitions in cities around the world. His art is seen as expressive of "magical realism" or "wonderful reality." His international awards include the Gran Premio Iberoamericano "Cristobal Colón," presented in Madrid, Spain in 1989. Elmar Rojas, one of Latin America's most important artists, is also renowned as a great communicator of culture. Elmar Rojas' creative work also comes from this reality of prodigies and sufferings, from that intact vessel of the wonderful real which is Guatemala, the tormented and hallucinating land from which Rojas came. The strangeness of its contents is due to the fact that it is incarnated in this prodigious realm. Elmar Rojas represents, in Latin American painting of this century, what Miguel Angel Asturias, Alejo Carpentier or Gabriel García Márquez represented in American novels: builders of magical realism in literature. Elmar Rojas' work inquires in the inexhaustible reservoir of the Guatemalan mestizo, drinking from the primeval sources of his culture. It shows and provokes the awe felt when getting amorously and devotedly closer to reality, closer to culture. However, his work does not follow the immediate path of folklore, or any other non-depurated mechanism, but that of a painstaking artistic reconstruction of reality's composite order, which Rojas turns decipherable, trapped in its immanence so it will captivate and hallucinate from the bottom of his productions.