The earliest forms of painting date back to over a century ago with the legacy left by Spaniards and Colombians. Various visual art masters have been born here as is the case of Roberto Lewis, whose work can be seen on the ceilings and walls of the Heron Palace and the National Theatre. Other artists show their works in art galleries and museums. Alfredo Sinclair is one of them, who presented his first personal exhibition in 1950. Others to follow are Guillermo Trujillo, Carlos Arboleda, Mario Calvit, Adriano Herrera and Alberto Dutary, including Manuel Chong Neto and Julio Zachrisson, who became famous in the sixties.
Teresa Icaza and Amalia Tapia began to stand out in the seventies. Another age began with the arrival of Ignacio Esplá, a Spanish artist, whose painting goes from an austere and monochromatic abstraction to expressionistic representations of the tropical sea and foliage.
Raúl Vásquez, born in Azuero, came back to his native soil after he studied in Mexico, where he was deeply influenced by Rufino Tamayo’s style, both in terms of subject and technique. His teaching gave rise to a style known as “ Azuero School”, represented by twelve young artists.
Panamanian painting today revolves around the latest visual arts trends following a continuous development line without abandoning its ancestral original values.