By J.C. Townsend
Arturo Laime is a contemporary visual artist. He works primarily in painting and drawing. He was born in Lima, Peru in 1975. Son of a doctor and a sign language teacher he grew up in the Pacific Ocean and the Andean mountains. His life in a country full of ancient cultures and enormous biodiversity influenced his work. His interest in art began at an early age. As a child, he spent his spare time producing small wood sculptures and drawings. This recreational activity turned into a passionate hobby, even selling some of his illustrations among his school classmates.
In 1996 he studied Environmental Engineering at the National University of San Marcos for some years, until opening a commercial art business in 2001. He made murals, stuccoes and faux finishes for interior designers and private clients. Inspired by the work of artist Pablo Rivera Laime decided to devote himself to art. In 2002 he enrolled at E. Sachs Visual Arts Institute in Lima. He studied painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. Laime learned from renowned Peruvian artists like Pancho Guerra Garcia and Monica Gonzalez.
In 2006 Arturo started Amazon Action, a cultural association dedicated to environmental and social initiatives. With his business partner Marco Schneider they opened an eco-lodge located in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. They received travellers and international volunteers. Laime was involved in art workshops for children and teenagers. He also founded a mother’s association focused on improving the nutrition and education of their kids. Together with volunteer doctors, they took care of patients in remote jungle communities. During this time Arturo learned alternative painting techniques from self-taught local artists. He began to work with plant pigments, organic material and bark.
In 2010 Laime was commissioned by Antamina Mining Company for the creation of a series of large sculptures of Dinosaurs in resin. The Peruvian Dinosaurs educational project had a tour exhibition that visited 6 cities in the country and had millions of visitors.
Amazon Action closed its doors in 2012, when a flood on Amazon river destroyed the jungle lodge. After recovering himself from the loss, Arturo returned to Lima. Soon he participated in an exhibition organized by the Embassy of Brazil, where he became finalist. That year he presented his solo exhibition “Still in Eruption” at Epicentro Cultural Center in Lima. The show was inspired in his life in Amazon rainforest.
Pursuing his professional artist career Laime moved to Frankfurt, Germany in 2013. In 2014 he participated in the exhibition “Culture of the Cosmos” in Thessaloniki, Greece. After that Arturo exhibited his work at FRAP Beratungszentrum in 2015 and recently at Ausstellungsraum Eulengasse, a Frankfurt based artist association where he is member.
Arturo works from his home studio in Frankfurt. He is primarily a mixed media painter. He had experimented with several mediums, such as acrylic, oil, collage, organic material and recycled elements. Laime follows the work of artists like Antoni Tapies, Bjarn Maalgard and the Peruvian painter Pablo Amaringo. The work of Arturo Laime is influenced by the neo expressionism movement, material painting and tribal art. It is characterized by the use of energetic brushstrokes and strong chromatic combinations.
Laime’s work explores the relationship and the delicate balance between man and nature. He understands his creative work as a mission to reconnect people with their environment and to create consciousness about the importance of preserving wildlife and native communities.