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‘Coffee from El Salvador’ Painting


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Modern Central American Painting, ‘Coffee from El Salvador’

“This composition has a double meaning for me,” confides Christian Bustamante. “First, it’s a tribute to El Salvador’s coffee legacy, where we usually drink it in a white cup. I’ve included images of coffee beans depending on their growth and taste, and the names on the background refer to the locations famous for their coffee harvest. These tie into my second reason for painting this composition, for I have very fond memories of those villages, which I visit as often as I can.”

Only 1 made

  • Arrives stretched on fragrant cedarwood.
  • Titled “Café de El Salvador” in Spanish.
  • Acrylic on canvas, Arrives unframed, Stretched
  • Signed by the artist, Made in El Salvador
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs, Measurements: 15.75″ H x 11.75″ W x 0.6″ D


Christian Bustamante

Christian Bustamante

“What I love the most about painting is being able to create something that has never been seen in the world.”

“I inherited my passion for art from my father, who used to paint as a hobby and then took it up full time when he retired. I loved sharing this with him – his compositions have always inspired me. He specialized in portraits, especially of past Salvadoran presidents, and his preferred style was surrealism. It was a great shock to me when he passed away; I was only 15 years old.

“When I was 17 years old I managed to win a scholarship to West Point, where I graduated as an engineer. Studying kept me very busy though, and I hardly had time to paint, just a few sketches on pastel plaster.

“My economic situation deteriorated and I was out of a job, so with the little money I had I bought a few canvases and acrylic paints, and that’s how my first paintings were born. My friends were very encouraging and one of them offered me a good some of money to buy one. That’s how I came to realize that my art had potential to be enjoyed by others, and that it should definitely be more than a hobby.


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