Thursday, January 26, 2023

Paraguayan artist poses with painting on balloons in Doha

DOHA ( Associated Press) – A goal, an extraordinary play and even winning a trophy can serve as the inspiration for a work of art.

Inspired by the eight World Cup-winning teams and the culture of Qatar, Paraguayan artist Lily Cantero has created stunning paintings on soccer balls instead of canvas, on display at an art gallery in Doha.

The ball, dedicated to Argentina, features hand-painted figures of captain Daniel Passarella and Diego Maradona, holding the gold trophy they won in 1978 and 1986, respectively. The drawing includes the flag of Argentina, the commemorative stadium of River Plate, where it won the first World Cup in its history, and the obelisk, an iconic monument in the city of Buenos Aires.

On the other side of the ball, there is a special dedication to the “Goal of the Century”, scored by Maradona in a 2–1 victory against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup. The artist recreated the celebration and despair of star English defender Terry Butcher, one of the rivals from whom Argentina had escaped during the previous masterful play.

Captains Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini, Mauro Ramos, Carlos Alberto, Pele, Dunga and Cafu appear at the ball for five-time world champions Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) as well as Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro Huh. Janerio.

Obdulio Varela’s goal, which scored Uruguay’s “Maracanazo” against Brazil in the 1950 World Cup final, and the famous Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, site of the first World Cup in history in 1930, also won by the Celeste, formed part of the original model. ,

“I’ve loved football since childhood,” Cantero, 30, a Paraguayan Olympia fan, told The Associated Press. “In South America you live with so much passion, you move with football.”

Although she studied accounting and clothing design, Cantero began to discover her talent for drawing when some of her friends asked her to design their booties. It was the beginning of a venture that became a profitable business when Lionel Messi posted on social networks some shoes sent by the Paraguayan artist.

In the case of the balls, Cantero first prepares the surface by removing the factory finish so that the acrylic paint will set better. Then he begins the creative process by inflating the ball on a special support so that it does not move. He paints with brush and airbrush.

Balls with designs inspired by titles from Spain, France, Germany, Italy and England are also on display at Doha’s Katara Cultural Village. The collection is completed with eight balls dedicated to the same number of stadiums in the first World Cup played in the Middle East.

“It is a great achievement for me to be present here only with my works, obviously I would love to sell them, but to be present here with the flag of Paraguay means a lot to me and I am very happy for that. Since Paraguay is not Came”, Cantero joked in reference to the fact that his country’s team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The work ranges from $7,000 to $10,000.

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