Igal Permuth, an art activist

We are what we consume

We become the air we breathe

Our oxygen is a prejudiced society.

In the absence of the “total picture” stereotypes in most cases, allow us to

“fill in the blanks.” 

With our learned forbidden colours, we create and perpetuate stereotypes.

Igal Permuth is a Guatemalan artist who portrays dreams made of prejudice, false values and standardized stereotypes through his FORBIDDEN COLOURS series.

Igal Permuth, Forbidden Colour Princess, mixed media, 40 x 30 cm. 2017

In the same way, Igal portrays women jaguars and teen ocelots next to young prisoners in a vitrine where they should exhibit what is expected of them, not what they really are.

A clown, a king for dummies and many more are allegorising abundant sources of stereotyped characters.

Racism, sexism, minority persecution and bigotry are the themes Igal works with his pictorial effects, and stamping those with his genius, he has composed the limitation results from the way we perceive life creating stereotypes that evolve out of fear felt by majorities in the presence of minority groups.

Igal Pemuth, Forbidden Colour_ Third World Queen, mixed media, 12 inches x 22 inches 2017

Igal is breaking traditions; the use of unconventional painting techniques provides aesthetic pleasure instead of lamenting our fears and prejudices. This is his tactic for opening an art door to meet with our culture, to stop the usual saccharine artistic morbidity and instead, he invites us to revise our mind that lives from appearances and not from what we are.

Photography and painting increasingly open attitudes to the media of art. Essentially art can be made of anything or any combination of things in the same approach we should use in our lives; this is the suggestion Igal delivers.

His excellent use of Mixed Media is a great way to express things deeply felt, but not easily conveyed with words.

Igal Permuth, Forbidden Colour King of Dummies, mixed media, 40 x 30 cm. 2017

     Not many artists focus on this aspect of social responsibility that requires a                  recognition of, and adherence to, a principle of respect for all cultures                 in the world.

Igal is an activist whose art embraces all dogmas and cultures and I believe strongly that his social responsibility is unique raising awareness and bringing into view that which stirs the soul and deep perceptions; whether it is political, social, spiritual, cultural or psychological. His artwork is an essential form of activism. The value of his art lies in its ability to generate thinking outside of the social frame, of that very cage rationalist, instrumentalist social, racist, sexist, and religious prejudices make to build this world.

Congratulations Igal Permuth!

Ralph C. Valley


Igal Permuth, Forbidden Colour 2, mixed media, 40 x 30 cm. 2017

Igal Permuth, FORBIDDEN COLOUR 4, Mixedmedia 80x60 cm 2017

Igal Permuth, Forbidden Colour 1, mixed media, 40 x 30 cm. 2017

Igal Permuth, Forbidden Colour 3, mixed media, 40 x 30 cm. 2017

Igal Permuth, Forbidden Colour Deputy, mixed media, 40 x 30 cm. 2017

© Igal Permuth. These artworks belong to the artist. To publish elsewhere these artworks please ask permission to permutharte17@gmail.com