Guatemalan artist and musician, Byron Armando Rabe, is internationally recognized having represented his work throughout Europe, Asia, Central America and the United States.
At the age of 16, Byron represented his country in a World Festival of Folklore Dance and music throughout Spain and Italy. Since then, he has traveled around the world collaborating with other world-renowned artists. Byron began writing music at age of 12, toured France in 2008, and he still continues to write and record music today.
Byron began painting when he was three years old, following in his father’s footsteps, Architect Byron Alfredo Rabe. Byron’s style is constantly evolving from ethereal pastels to figurative oils to his latest pieces that are mostly abstract in nature. The expression of the movement and the colors of the paintings are crucial for the message the work is transmitting.
Byron is a shaman or Ajquij in the Quiche Mayan language, which means a Day Keeper. He is constantly studying the different calendars and traditions from the Ancient Mayas, fighting to save the important message of the sacred tradition of sac be, otherwise known as the path for becoming a shaman.
Byron has much interest in the study of anthropology and is in the process of completing his first book titled, “Aguilas del Sol: divinidades del mundo maya” The book is an attempt to understand the deepest and highest levels of knowledge from the ancient culture.
For the last 20 years, Byron has worked and activated the conscience of people all around the world by sharing the power of fire and the elements that are used in the celebration of the classic Mayan Ceremony. Byron travels around the world, having visited many of the important temples and sharing the fire and the tradition with the natives in Guatemala, the U.S., Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. He also had the honor to share the sacred fire at the important temple of Ankorwat in Cambodia in 2012. Byron claims that these experiences have tremendously influenced his work as a painter.
Byron currently resides in Panajachel on Lake Atitlan, Sololá Guatemala. Working aswell for the non-profit organization, Worthy Village, Byron coordinates different projects around the lake to assist in the communities in most need.
For his next exhibition, Byron will be presenting his work in the high lands of Guatemala in the Hotel Museum and Gallery The Blue Mayan very beautifull and magic place. The paintings that will be on display are Byron’s interpretation and representation of stories from the book Popol Vuh, The Sacred Book of the Maya, and about The Beginning and End as Seed