The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 and it is celebrated every September 21 to annually observe the occasion as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence through education and public awareness.
To commemorate this landmark day, I wanted to share with you selected artwork of the Permanent Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas related to peace that was presented by the OAS Peace Fund. These include an oil on canvas titled Testimonial del Tiempo by César Menendez, a Salvadoran artist whose exceptional paintings depict a surreal world that reflects death and tragedy, inspired by the struggles of the Central American people with ruling military dictatorships, as well as an important piece by Colombian artist Alejandro Obregon who at different times throughout his career produced works related to political violence in Colombia since 1948. Obregon’s Estudiante Muerto, awarded the national prize for Colombia at the 1956 Guggenheim International Exhibition, belongs to a group of paintings commemorating students and popular leaders who lost their lives during this period of social unrest. Enjoy it:
Learn more about Peace initiatives in the Americas at the OAS Virtual Library.