Future Events

You can reach Luis through the contact tab of this website for an update of future events or to inquire about portraits.

Luis Garay book is honored

The Spanish version of his Quetzalcóatl book titled
Mito, Leyenda e Historia de Quetzalcóatl: La Misteriosa Serpiente Emplumada won two major awards in 2016. One was the award CANIEM, for editorial art. The other is the Antonio Gracia Cubas, presented by the National Institute of Anthropology and History, which also purchased copies of the book for public libraries throughout all of Mexico.

Some past appearances
and art exhibitions

  Luis is now focusing on an upcoming book preserving the oceans of Nicaragua. He also is working on commissions for portraits. Anyone interested in a portrait can reach him through the contact tab on this website.
  While he was in the United States for an exhibit of his art and books at the Santa Fe Institute of Art in May 2016, Luis made several appearances at schools and also spoke at a professional workshop for teachers in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The workshop was titled "Teaching Cultural Heritage Through Art."
  
From October to December 2014 Luis was a MirandaNet Fellow in the Institute of Education at the University of London, where he worked on a series of paintings from Popol Vuh for the website about the Maya, which can be seen at http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/maya/teachers/our-maya-programme
  Wrote and Illustrated the picture book Mi Delantal (My Apron) for Libros para Niños, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young People, Nicaragua.
  Instructor at the seminar “Ilustratour” in Valladolid, Spain.
  One-man show at Colegio Mexiquense for the VI International Book Fair, Mexico State, Mexico.
  Presentations to art students: “The Illustration in The Picture Book,” State of Mexico, Mexico.
  Visiting illustrator/author presentations and reading at Miami area school in Florida.
  Visiting illustrator/author presentation at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
  Visiting illustrator/author presentations and reading at eight St. Louis area schools. St. Louis, Missouri.
  One-man gallery show at St. Louis Artist Guild in St. Louis, Missouri.
  Participated in the show “The Texto Iluminado,” featuring 33 illustrators of Iberoamerica, at several cities in Spain.
  Started a lending library project in Granada, Nicaragua.
  One of several artists featured in Under the Spell of the Moon: Art for Children from the World's Great Illustrators, a book by the International Board on Books For Young People.
  Invited to his native Nicaragua to give workshops for young artists through the foundation “Libros para Niños,” at the embassies of Denmark and Norway.
  Solo exhibition “The Popol Vuh and other Works.” Gallery of Banco Central, Managua, Nicaragua.
  Instructor “Children Readers of the New Millennium” seminar at XX International Book Fair for Children and Young Adults in Mexico City, Mexico.
  “15 Illustrators” exhibition for the opening of the Children's Own Museum in Toronto, Canada.
  One-man show, “25 Illustrations.” III International Book Fair of Central America. Granada, Nicaragua.
  Instructor at the Literature and Literacy for Children and Adolescents Conference, “Critical Encounters With Social Issues,” at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
  Instructor for “The World of Illustration” seminar, Banco del Libro Centro Cultural Consolidado, in Caracas, Venezuela.
  Group show exhibition “175 Years of Central America Independence” at Ontario Club Consulates, Toronto, Canada.
  Canadian Children's Book Illustrators Exhibition. Guadalajara International Book Fair, Mexico.
  “Latin American Art” group show, 306 Art Gallery in Toronto, Canada.
  “Arte Visual 94” group show at Center Community Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto.
  “Arte Visual 93” Group Show at Multicultural Centre, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Canada.
  “Latin Version,” five artists at Gallerie de L’Alliance Francaise at Toronto, Canada.
  “Arte Visual 92” at the Ryerson Institute in Toronto, Canada.
  “Arte Indigo” Group Show at York University in Toronto, Canada.
  “Paperback/Paperbound” group show at Blackwood Gallery, at the University of Toronto, Canada.
  ”Images” visual art exhibition by artists of Latin America.
Group Show at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.
  “Nicaragua to Remember” one-man show at Art Gallery Jade in San José, Costa Rica.
  “Scenes from Nicaragua” one-man show at Art Gallery in the Marriott Hotel in Panama City, Panama.

Creation Stories series 
Luis Garay is illustrating a series of the creation stories of the Mayas, the Aztecs, and the Incas. The first in the series with author Victor Montejo is Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya. It is available in Spanish and English.

The second book in the series is with author Luis Barbeytia. The book is available in Spanish and soon in English, titled Myth, Legend, and Story of Quetzalcóatl: The Mysterious Feathered Snake.

 disponible ahora en español

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Two major awards in 2016


     "Popol Vuh" is in English:

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también disponible en español


Buy online at Amazon.com
Paperback online at Barnes & Noble
Hardbound online at Barnes & Noble
Buy online from Groundwood Books
Also available in many bookstores

Review of Popol Vuh from the School Library Journal:

Wrathful and kindhearted gods, giants, mortals, jaguars, and colorful birds are some of the characters and creatures that inhabit this creation story and genealogy recorded in the K'iche' (or Quich?) language in 1558 and discovered in 1701 by a Spanish priest. Children will enjoy this accessible retelling of a story that has largely been unavailable in English. Vivid characterizations, tales of revenge and forbidden fruit, tests of wit and strength, and explanations of why deer have short tails and monkeys live in trees are all here. Full- and double-page paintings rich in color and detail illustrate the volume. A beautifully designed book to be savored on its own or as a source for cultural or comparative studies.

Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal
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