Leticia Banegas, a Honduran fine arts painter was born in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras and now lives in San Pedro Sula, which is considered the most dangerous city in the world. She says “Living San Pedro Sula can take a toll on your nerves, but when I am painting everything is just perfect. I am transported to this perfect world full of strong women, their hair moving in slow motion like as if underwater. I like to explore feminine archetypes and portray them in a magical and whimsical way. The hair in most of my paintings is never ending, it surpasses the canvas and it is infinite, it is my way of representing the connection of women with the divine. I am inspired by the women in my family through generations. Their stories are so rich, complex and some of them are almost surreal. I try to create a “world” populated by the magical presence of these women”.
She attended the Center for Design, Architecture and Construction (CEDAC) and obtained her degree in Graphic Design. Her art is a stylized form of imagery where the characters and designs embody an unusual and sensual flair with a touch of ethnic and cultural charm -whisking the viewer into a creative world of color, depth and feeling. In Leticia’s family, women have always played a dominant role. In her art things aren’t different, as magnificent female characters fill Leticia’s paintings. “I paint a queen, a priestess and a damsel. I really like to explore archetypes and use mythology,” she says. “I feel like we are all those women. All those archetypes live inside of us.” Leticia sees her work as the portrayal of a world that exists somewhere between heaven and earth. When she paints she says she sees these women, “I see them walking like if they were underwater with their hair flowing in slow motion. They exist, I see them. It is a magical realm that most of us can´t see but that doesn´t mean it doesn´t exist”.