Coqui Calderón


Born in Panama 1937. Graduate of Rosemont College in Philadelphia as art major and history minor, studied in France, lived and worked in New York during the 1960ties and in Miami during the 1980ies. Since 1990 she returns to Panama. Other than painting she is an active promoter of the arts.

In the Panamanian pictorial panorama, Coqui Calderon has conquered a prominent position: she paints as a technical task of exploration and creativity that complexly evolves into succeeding phases; and, in a human analysis that has progressed through four decades, reveals a style reflective of her personal experience.

Her life has been dedicated to pictorial rationality, a mirror image of her journey through a profound analysis of her inner self. Initially figurative, she later becomes abstract, excelling in the mastery of composition with a marked emphasis on movement.

After her sojourn in Paris, and later in New York, movement emerges as the main characteristic of her work. From 1968 to 1980 she centers her activity in Panama. Later she moves to Miami, where during 1985-86 sh paints landscapes and still life in pastels and acrylics that in conjunction with their respective paper sketches enlighten her technical choice and enables the perception of the internal structure of her composition.

From 1985 to 1990 she makes a parenthesis in her theme to create a collection in acrylics and pastels that she titles "Protesta '85" ("Protest '85") and "Vientos de Furia" (Winds of Rage) which remain as a testimony of street demonstrations during the Panamanian crisis. In 1990 she returns to Panama where she resumes her thematic on the relationship between nature and human beings. An extremely painful loss provides a new dimension and questioning on human fragility and its environment.

In her latest painting we see the integration and strength of women in respect to nature, here, she is represented intertwined with woody vines of the tropical rain forest, a recurrent theme about the intimate relationship of the feminine figure surrounded nature or landscape as the center of interest of a complex composition.


Exposiciones Individuales

2010 Pinturas, Esculturas y ARTEfactos, Banco Panamá, Panamá
  “Manglar Fuente de Vida”, Feria de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá. MAC Panamá.
2007 "Visión de las Etapas: "Cinestísmo, Magia, Furia, y Manglares", La Casona,
Casco Antiguo, Exhibición y conferencias.
  "Los Manglares" Club Unión, Exposición y Conferencia.
2006 "Evoluciones", Galería Marlene Lachmana, Panamá.
2001 "El Caminar de Coqui Calderón, 40 Años de Pintura", Museo de Arte
Contemporáneo, Panamá.
  "Obra Reciente," Galería Arteconsult, Panamá.
1998 "Diez años de Pastel", Galería Mateo Sariel, Panamá.
1997 "Oleos y Pasteles", Galería Arteconsult, Panamá.
1995 "Deities", The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida.
1993 "Landscapes of the Mind", The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida.
  "Coqui Calderón: Artista Panameña", 1-2-3 Galería , San Salvador, El Salvador.
1992 Arden Gallery, Boston, Massachussets.
  "Serie Panamá: Vientos de Furia 1987-90", Museo de las Américas, OAS Gallery,
Washington, DC.
1991 "Coqui Calderón: Obra Reciente", Galería Arteconsult, Panamá.
1990 "La Serie Panamá 1987-90", Chase Manhattan Bank, Panamá.
  "La Serie Panamá 1987-90", Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá.
1988 Obras Recientes, Arteconsult Galería, Panamá.
  "Pictorial References to Different Realities", Helene Grubair Gallery, Miami, Florida.
1986 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo , Panamá.
1984 "Protesta 84", Etcétera Galería, Panamá.
1979 "Galería el Sótano' Panamá.
  "Dibujos de Coqui Calderón, Galería Garcés Velásquez, Bogotá, Colombia.
1977 Etcétera Galería, Panamá.
  Instituto Panameño de Arte, Panamá.
1976 Instituto Panameño de Arte Panamá.
1974 Instituto Panameño de Arte, Panamá.
1969 Instituto Panameño de Arte, Panamá.
  Galería Dideco, San Salvador, El Salvador.
1967 Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Perú.
1962 Instituto Panameño de Arte, Panamá.
1961 Pont Neuf Gallery, Paris Francia.
1960 Galería Dideco, Panamá.


Exposiciones Colectivas

1996 Subasta Juannio, Guatemala
  La Generación Xerox, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá
2005 "De la Invasión a nuestros Días," Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá.
2003 "Cien Años de Arte en Panamá" Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá.
  "Cien Años de Pintura en Panamá" Centro Cultural del Banco Interamericano de
Desarrollo, Washington DC.
2001 "15 Artistas Panameños" Casa de América, Madrid
  "Panamá Contemporáneo 15 Artistas Panameños", Roma.
2000 "Maestros de la Pintura Panameña Contemporánea" X Cumbre Iberoamericana,
  "Paisaje Apropiados, Calderón, Paul e Icaza" Galería Arteconsult, Panamá.
  "Memoria: Veinte Años" Galería Arteconsult, Panamá.
1999 "Arte Panameño Contemporáneo, Temas y Variaciones", Galería Arteconsult, Panamá.
1998 "Corrientes Cruzadas", Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá.
  "Crosscurrents, Contemporary Paintings from Panama 1968-1998, Americas Society Art
Gallery, New York."
  Crosscurrents, Contemporary Paintings from Panama 1968-1998"Bass Museum, Miami
1999 "Canalisis", Bernheim Gallery, Panama.
1997 "Expresiones de Panamá", Santander Gallera, Miami, Florida.
  "Arte Panameño. Todas", Surcaran Gallera, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  "Arte Panameño, Todas", Museum de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile.
  "Arte Panameño Contemporáneo", Form and Color Gallery,
1996 "Arte Panameño Contemporáneo", Casa de las América, Madrid.
1995 "Homenaje a la Pintura y Escultura de Panamá en el 50 aniversario de el Estado de Israel. Galería Bernheim, Panamá.
1994 "Especial Exhibicion at 801 Brickel", The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida.
  "Still Life Painting", The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida.
1993 "Mujeres Artistas Latinoamericanas", Americas Gallery, New York, New York
  "Mujeres Artistas", Museo de Arte Contemporaneo , Panamá.
  "Social Conduct: Socially Conscious Works by Florida Artists", Center for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Caribeña Pintura Bienal, Santo Domingo.
1992 "Landscapes, Imaginary and Real", The Americas Collection, Coral Gables, Florida.
1991 "Drawing in Florida: A Balanced Perspective", The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  "The World Vision of Eight Panamanian Painters".
  Galería INAC, Panamá.
  "Maestros Panameños", Hong Kong Bank, Panamá.
1990 "Divorciando el Dictador", Galería Arteconsult, Panamá.
1989 "Four Hispanic Artists in South Florida", Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida.
  "Hort 30", Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
1987 "Latin American Treasures from Miami's Private Collections", Center for the Arts, Miami, Florida.
  "Six Years with Latin America", Alemán Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts.
  "Women by Women", Alemán Galleries, Boston, Massachussets."Contemporary Latin American Masters", Alemán Galleries, Boston, Massachussets.
1986 "Florida Painters", Heelander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida."Contemporary Still Life", The Copeley Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
1985 "Retrospectiva y Confrontación", Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá.
1984 "Homenaje a José Gómez Sucre", Museo de Arte contemporáneo, Panamá.
1983 Sexta Bienal de Grafica en Latinoamérica ", San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1981 "Arte Erótico", Panarte , Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá.
  "Panamanian Painters", Signs Gallery, New York, New York.
1979 "Panorama de la Plástica Panameña", Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá.
1978 "The Panamanian Plastics and Official Banking", Banco Nacional de Panamá, Panamá.
1973 "Panameños en Costa Rica", San José, Costa Rica."Panameños en Madrid", Madrid.
  "Diez Pintores Panameños", Luís Ángel Arango, Bogota, Colombia.
  Galería de Arte DEXA, Universidad de Panamá, Panamá --"Panamanían Painters", Latin American House, Paris, France.
1968 Competencia XEROX, Panamá.
1967 El XII Certamen Nacional de Pintura, El Salvador; PRIMER PREMIO, San Salvador, El Salvador.
  Paris Bienal, Paris, Francia.1962
1962 "Art from Central America and Panama", Gallery of Contemporary Paintings, New York World Fair, New York, New York.
  "Latin American Painting", Pepsi Cola Building, New York, New York.



1983 Orden Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Gobierno de Panamá, por la promoción del Arte en Panamá.
1967 Primer Premio en el XII Certamen Nacional de Pintura, El Salvador; Jueces: Marta Traba, José Luís Cuevas y Osvaldo Guayasamín.


Colecciones Públicas y Corporativas

  • Colección ESSO de Arte Latinoamericano, Nueva York Museo de Arte Contemporáneo,
  • OAS, Washington, D.C.
  • First National City Bank of Chicago, Panamá
  • Colección de el Banco Nacional de Panamá, Panamá
  • Colección Permanente de el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá
  • First National City Bank of Miami
  • Colección Sunbank, Miami, N.A.
  • Colección Grupo Codina, Miami
  • Global Bank, Panamá
  • Bancolat de Panamá
  • Swiss Bank de Panamá
  • Banco del Istmo. Panama
  • Banco de Latinoamérica
  • B.A.C. Internacional
  • UBS Collection
  • Alemán, Cordero, Galindo y Lee

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