Cementerio de Escazú
By María José Monge, Visual Arts Curator, MBCCR
Oil on linen
Dinorah Bolandi (1923-2004) has a privileged place in Costa Rican art history for her signature drawings, paintings and photographs, as well as for her accomplishments as a graphic designer and teacher.
Although she started her art studies at a very early age with Costa Rican artist Fausto Pacheco, it is only from 1941 to 1948 that she pursued an art degree in the Colorado Fine Arts Center and The Art Students League in New York.
She returned to Costa Rica in 1955 to focus on her work as a graphic designer and photographer, where she was a pioneer. She was an itinerant Plastic and Graphic Arts professor at the University of Costa Rica (1964-1983), as well as in Plastic Arts at the National University (1976-1985). She also taught at Casa del Artista , at Esempi Gallery and at her residence.
Her work showed little interest in local and international trends and movements. She tackled her craft as a trade, founded on discipline and research orbiting around the inner structure of the work, seeking balance in its composition. This stance set her artistic work apart in Costa Rican art history and earned her a unique place due to her solid drawing, coloring and designing abilities.
The Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica oversees the largest and most significant state collection of Dinorah Bolandi’s works, made up of 272 drawings and 3 oil paintings.
Cementerio de Escazú is a valuable example of this artist’s pictorial work. First, it shows one of the motifs in which her pictorial research was focused: landscapes. It also accounts for the way in which she approached painting, as an investigation based on personal chromatic development and a synthesis founded on sharp observation, seeking to achieve a balance and a unity among the parts that make up the inner structure of each work.
How to cite this article
Monge Picado María José. (2015). Cementerio de Escazú. San José, Costa Rica: Fundación Museos del Banco Central. Available at: link