Generation “Y” artists make a mark in the cultural landscape . Artistas de la generación "Y" hacen una marca en el paisaje cultural

With much anticipation, “D.X.A.Y.: Interventions of a new generation”, opened this past September 27 in San Salvador. The exhibition, independently curated by Lucas Arevalo, focuses on nine Salvadorian artists born between 1989 and 1993 presenting a glimpse of artistic interventions that explore the notion of the local environment and how it plays a key role in their work and production process.

Con mucha anticipación, "D.X.A.Y .: Intervenciones de una nueva generación", abrió el pasado 27 de septiembre en San Salvador. La exposición, curada de forma independiente por Lucas Arevalo, se centra en nueve artistas salvadoreños nacidos entre 1989 y 1993 presentando una revisión de intervenciones artísticas que exploran la noción del medio ambiente local y como este juega un papel clave en su proceso de trabajo y producción.

Detail of Patricio Majano´s reinterpretation of local popular sounds .  Detalle de reinterpretación de sonidos populares de Patricio Majano

Detail of Patricio Majano´s reinterpretation of local popular sounds .  Detalle de reinterpretación de sonidos populares de Patricio Majano

The artwork responds to a global environment that is culturally vast, technologically advanced and multifaceted. In an almost unlimited way, artists have access to instant knowledge and immediate communication giving them dominion to contribute and build a diverse and changing cultural landscape of identity, values and beliefs.

Las obras responden a un entorno global que es culturalmente amplio, tecnológicamente avanzado y multifacético. En una forma casi ilimitada, los artistas tienen acceso a conocimiento instantáneo y la comunicación inmediata dándoles dominio de contribuir y construir un paisaje cultural diverso y cambiante de identidad, valores y creencias.

Detail of Orlando Viillatoro´s QR code installation made with 300 mini clay jugs . Detalle de la instalación de código QR de Orlando Villatoro, hecha con 300 mini cantaros de barro. 

Detail of Orlando Viillatoro´s QR code installation made with 300 mini clay jugs . Detalle de la instalación de código QR de Orlando Villatoro, hecha con 300 mini cantaros de barro. 


The participating artists include Vladimir Renderos (1990), Orlando Villatoro (1992), Gabriela Novoa (1991), Lucy Tomasino (1993), Patricio Majano (1992), Gerardo Gómez (1989), Kevin Baltazar (1990), Fredy Solano “Poker” (1992) and Ekinnopsy (1992). These artists are part of a generational artistic glimpse. They use diverse mediums such as installation, painting, photography, digital art and more to propose alternative expressions within the production of Salvadorian contemporary art. 

Los artistas participantes incluye a Vladimir Renderos (1990), Orlando Villatoro (1992), Gabriela Novoa (1991), Lucy Tomasino (1993), Patricio Majano (1992), Gerardo Gómez (1989), Kevin Baltazar (1990), Fredy Solano "Poker "(1992) y Ekinnopsy (1992). Estos artistas son parte de una esta visión artística generacional y utilizan diversos medios tales como la instalación, pintura, fotografía, arte digital entre otras con el fin de proponer expresiones alternativas dentro de la producción de arte contemporáneo salvadoreña.

Y.ES announces the 2016 Art Trip Recipients And Launches Grant Program for Salvadoran Artists

On June 15, Y.ES, a program of the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation, announced the four recipients who will be heading to El Salvador for the 2016 Y.ES Art Trip. From September 4-11, 2016, curators Max Weintraub, Jaime Cerón, Luisa Fuentes Guaza and artist Óscar Diaz will travel from Indiana, Bogota, Madrid and New York respectively to join the Y.ES team for an immersive introduction to the contemporary art and cultural community of the country. Y.ES Art Trips aim to connect art professionals with Salvadoran art and in turn bring professional development opportunities to artists living and working in El Salvador. To further this mission, Y.ES also announced its first Y.ES Grant program to support these artist’s ambitious projects and travel opportunities, often missed out on due to lack of governmental and institutional support. Through these programs, Y.ES continues Robert Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech’s 15-year long personal investment to artists of El Salvador, which has been integral to many lives and careers.


Out of more than 25 applications from art professionals around the globe, 4 art professionals were selected for the 2016 Y.ES Art Trip for their interest and expertise in art from Central America. These include curator Max Weintraub who, after teaching and running the progressive exhibition program at Hunter College in New York, has taken the position of Director of the Art Galleries at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis; curator and writer Luisa Fuentes Guaza based in Madrid, Spain who authored the Contemporary Languages from Central America, among other critical publications; artist Óscar Díaz who was born in El Salvador and moved to New York with his parents seeking asylum. Recently, after 18 years, he received his green card affording him the possibility to return to El Salvador for the first time; and Jaime Cerón a critic and curator of the MISOL Foundation in Bogota, Colombia who has worked on numerous Latin America-focused exhibitions internationally.

In 2015 renowned artist Mark Dion and his collaborator and wife Dana Sherwood along with the team from The Contemporary in Baltimore—Director Deana Haggag and colleagues Lu Zhang and Ginerva Shay—travelled to El Salvador to visit artist studios and art spaces, and conduct a 3-day workshop with artists. Mark Dion describes his art trip experience:

We had a truly remarkable trip to El Salvador spending time with visual artists of extremely high caliber and clarity of vision. It was valuable to understand the constraints and issues faced by artists in such a different context. The artists we shared time with are deeply committed, insightful and diligent and produce work of extraordinary social and artistic value in the face of significant economic and cultural obstacles. Both Dana and I were impressed with El Salvador's vital artist community.

Y.ES was developed in 2015 by philanthropists Robert Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech with long time collaborator Claire Breukel, now Y.ES Director, as a means to direct support to artists meaningfully and nimbly.  In its first year Y.ES debuted in Miami with the exhibition “Transgressions,” hosted an (annual) Art Trip and Artist Academy in El Salvador, and has now developed the Y.ES Grant program in response to the overwhelming need for artists to receive exhibition, project and travel support.

Y.ES Founder and Chair Mario Cader-Frech describes the goals for Y.ES grant program:

We identified that to be most effective with our support we needed to give artists the basic financial means to develop important project and participate in the art community globally. Salvadoran artists are receiving more and more opportunities to travel and exhibit, but institutional and grant support is almost non-existent. We hope to give artists the means to create and take advantage of opportunities to further establish their careers. 

Grant submissions will be selected by Y.ES’s advisory council this coming August for projects and opportunities completed before August 31, 2017. 


From January 3-5 of 2016, Y.ES hosted an artist research excursion to Perquin, Morazan in the northeastern region of El Salvador. This region was the heart of the guerrilla´s operations against El Salvador’s government forces during the country´s more than a decade long civil war. Now during its postwar period, this pristine and preserved natural area is charged with testimonies and evidence of massacres that remain unaccounted for in the official history of El Salvador.

In the course of this two-day excursion, led by me (Y.ES curator Lucas Arevalo), six contemporary artists Melissa Guevara, Ernesto Bautista, Mauricio Kabistan, Crack Rodriguez, Freddy Solano A.K.A Poker & Ignacio Betancourt visited important historical sites.  This began with the Museum of Revolution, which contains artifacts and exhibitions that relate to the armed conflict as well as the creation of Radio Venceremos, a civil war-era opposition radio station broadcast throughout the 1980s.  

The journey continued up along the lush hills in the nearby towns of Arambala, Osicala, Torola and El Mozote, where the testimonies and experiences from direct sources, the people who witnessed and lived during this tumultuous time, where recorded, amplifying the group´s investigation. The trip proved an invaluable experience that not only contextualized this important historical region that most artists had only read about, it also broadened the concepts and resource materials to better understand the social struggle and political issues pertaining to the history of the country. The artists who participated in the excursion are using this material as part of their personal research for the production of future artworks and as input for a project as part of this year´s Salvadoran component of the Central American Biennale.

 Lucas Arévalo



Del 3 al 5 enero del 2016, Y.ES fue anfitrión de una excursión de investigación con artistas a Perquín , Morazán, en la región noreste de El Salvador. Esta región fue el centro de operaciones guerrillas contra las fuerzas del gobierno de El Salvador durante la guerra civil que duro más de diez años.  Hoy, durante su período de posguerra, esta zona hermosa y natural está cargada de testimonios y evidencias de masacres que permanecen sin registro en la historia oficial de El Salvador.

El viaje continuó a lo largo de las exuberantes colinas en los pueblos cercanos de Arambala, Osicala, Torola y El Mozote, donde los testimonios y experiencias de fuentes directas, las personas que presenciaron y vivieron durante este tiempo tumultuoso, fueron documentados, amplificando la investigación del grupo.

El viaje resultó ser una experiencia muy valiosa que no sólo contextualiza esta importante región histórica que la mayoría de los artistas sólo habían leído, sino que también amplió los conceptos y materiales de recursos para comprender mejor la lucha social y temas políticos relacionados con la historia del país. Los artistas que participaron en la excursión están utilizando este material como parte de su investigación personal para futura producción de obras de arte y como aporte para un proyecto como parte de la componente Salvadoreña de la Bienal Centroamericana de este año.

Lucas Arévalo









Miami Beach, December 3, 2015… Last night more than 350 guests joined The Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation at the private launch of Y.ES, an exchange program focused on contemporary art in El Salvador. The launch, at the soaring 1111 Lincoln 7th floor space, featured Trangressions, an exhibition curated by Y.ES Director Claire Breukel featuring work by renowned Salvadoran artist Simon Vega, Guatemala-based Regina Jose Galindo, Salvadorans Crack Rodriguez and Kevin Baltazar and a performance of Untitled (Double Face) by Naama Tsabar, also performed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York earlier in the year as part of Tsabar’s show in the exhibition “Blood Makes Noise.”  Simon Vega created a self-service rocket bar made of canvas and found objects commissioned by Mario Cader-Frech for the event, and artist Kevin Baltazar’s intervention featured two models intertwined with plastic green cord, the same kind used to make inexpensive furniture in El Salvador, binding them to the concrete architecture.


Guests who attended included collectors Mera Rubell, Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne von Haes, Solita Mishaan and Adriana Cisneros, as well as Walker Art Center Director Olga Viso, artist and LeBaron DJ Samuelle Boutruche, artist Carlos Garaicoa, designers William and Steven Ladd, Y.ES Council member Carolina Alvarez -Mathies and members from the Salvadoran embassy and Miami architects Rene Gonzalez and Chad Oppenheim. The event also featured tunes by Miami celebrity DJ Tracy Young. 




Claire Breukel

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With One-Night International Exhibition “Transgressions”

Miami Beach/San Salvador, November 16, 2015: Y.ES launches this December 2nd during Art Basel Miami Beach with an invite-only one-night exhibition Transgressions at the signature 1111 Lincoln Road 7th floor venue. An initiative of The Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation, Y.ES is an exchange program working with artists affiliated with the country of El Salvador. Formalizing this past September after supporting a decade of diverse programs for Salvadoran contemporary art, the Y.ES initiative kicked off with an art trip inviting renowned artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood and The Contemporary Director Deana Haggag to El Salvador to conduct talks and workshops with local artists. This December—launching officially to the throngs of international art visitors during Art Basel Miami Beach—Y.ES curates Transgressions to explore themes of body boundaries and social interaction supporting the initiatives aim to promote exchange between people, cultures and regions. 

Curated by Y.ES Director and Curator Claire Breukel, Transgressions features work by both Salvadoran artists and others who have participated in the program. Works include a 20-foot “Rocket Bar” by famed Salvadoran artist Simon Vega, video works by fellow Salvadoran Crack Rodriguez and Guatemalan artist Regina Jose Galindo. At 9pm Naama Tsabar performs (Untitled) Double Face, featured at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York earlier this year, and is a two-women guitar battle using one of Tsabar’s guitar sculpture on loan from The Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech private collection. The 1111 Lincoln Road 7th floor venue will also be intervened with by up-and-coming Salvadoran artist Kevin Baltazar who wraps architectural spaces in his signature green plastic cord, an inexpensive material used to make cheap furniture in his local city of San Salvador.   

That is not all, the 1111 Lincoln Road office building 3rd floor showcases an exhibition of 13 Salvadoran artist’s work selected from the Mario Cader-Frech collection. The exhibition, titled “Closing Distances,” highlights the impact of “street” culture on Salvadoran contemporary art and many artists interest in the value of the human body and elements of the performative. 

This exhibition will also be open for viewing on December 2 during the Y.ES event that expects more than 300 VIP guests who will be introduced to Y.ES for the first time. The event is supported by Ron Abuelo, Societe Perrier, Dream Water, and more. 

In 2016, Y.ES plans to bring more art experts to El Salvador to meet the community, is producing Salvadoran artist books as a follow up to the book Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador created by Mario Cader-Frech, Claire Breukel, artist Simon Vega and the Foundation in 2014, and programming talks, exhibitions and workshops that further benefit the contemporary community of El Salvador and its diaspora. 




Y.ES Director Claire Breukel selected for Artis Trip to Israel

Photo credit: Dan Haimovich (photo from left to right) Tali Cherzli, Matthew Israel, Chen Tamir, Jochen Volz, Claire Breukel, Juana Berrío, Natasha Egan, Sarah Demeuse, Anthony Huberman

Photo credit: Dan Haimovich (photo from left to right) Tali Cherzli, Matthew Israel, Chen Tamir, Jochen Volz, Claire Breukel, Juana Berrío, Natasha Egan, Sarah Demeuse, Anthony Huberman

Claire Breukel, Chief curator and Director of Y.ES Contemporary Art El Salvador, was recently invited to join Artis’ 15th semi-annual Curatorial Research Trip to Israel.  Artis is an American art organization that brings awareness to contemporary art in Israel. The organization provides grants and research, public programs, and is an advocate for artists.  The Curatorial Research Trip provides leading members of the international art community an in-depth exploration of the artistic community in Israel.  Those invited are able to experience museums, alternative art spaces, architectural walks, studio visits and presentations with artists, curators, and influential thinkers. 

-Megan Castellon


Simon Vega’s Studio Residency

Simón Vega joins Soho Beach House Residency once again this past October. Vega created installations with audience participation over the course of three days. The first event was his Sub Tropical Fruit Sculptures where the guests were able to carve and sculpt tropical fruits into ephemeral works.  His next event was the Smoothie Station Challenge where Vega invites participants to bring their own fruits to create smoothie recipes around a simple wooden structure. Last but not least, Vega had participants become live sculptures imitating Twister methodologies using tanning oil and beach towels. This event focused on the connection between the body and traditional sculpture. For more information about Soho Beach House and Simón’s residency visit
- Megan Castellon



Claire Breukel
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Non-profit Aims to Foster Development of Contemporary Art in El Salvador 

Program is an initiative of the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation

Miami Beach/San Salvador, August 31, 2015… The Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation announce the launch of Y.ES, an initiative dedicated to the support and development of contemporary art in and about El Salvador. To achieve this, Y.ES will undertake a series of ambitious and challenging programs, both in El Salvador and abroad that promote critical debate, cross-border collaboration, and diverse community interactions. The Foundation’s key art program, Y.ES—generation Y in El Salvador, and also a positive assertion, “Yes!”expands upon and consolidates a decade of support for contemporary art from El Salvador.

Y.ES director and chief curator is Claire Breukel, who comes to the program from the Art Museum of El Salvador, where she was chief curator of the contemporary art program. In her new position, Breukel will help establish Y.ES within international critical dialogue by engaging some of the best contemporary artists and experts from across the globe. In addition to Breukel, Y.ES has also assembled a seasoned team of council members to offer guidance, including the founders, Salvadoran artists Simon Vega and Mayra Barraza, and El Salvador native Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, Communications Director at New York City’s El Museo del Barrio, among others.

Y.ES programs will include exhibitions, artist exchanges, art trips, guests-in-residence programs, and artist publications, as well as workshops and career support for artists in El Salvador.  The initiative kicks off this November with a weeklong visit to El Salvador by artist Mark Dion and director of The Contemporary, Baltimore, Deana Haggag, who together will meet with six Salvadoran artists at Lake Coatepeque to provide insight into alternative research methodologies, conceptualizing public works of art, and the “how to’s” of showing and selling work. Plans are also in the works for a launch exhibition in Miami at 1111 Lincoln Road, a venue for exhibitions and events. The exhibition will feature an international selection of ambitious site-specific installations that explore key themes pertinent to the Salvadoran experience. Artists include found-object social sculptures by Simon Vega (El Salvador), action-based video works by Regina Jose Galindo (Guatemala) and Crack Rodriguez (El Salvador), and a music-inspired performance by Naama Tsabar (Israel/New York), who worked on a project with Breukel and the Foundation this past June.

In 2012, Cader-Frech, Breukel, and Vega teamed up to conceptualize and produce the publication Y.ES Collect Contemporary Art El Salvador, the first publication of its kind to bring Salvadoran art to an international audience. Y.ES sprung from the success of the book. “We were overwhelmed by the support for the book, which we conceived as an introduction to the expansive but little-known or documented impact that Salvadoran art has had in the international scene” explains the books initiator and co-publisher Mario Cader-Frech, who is Salvadoran.

Y.ES will look to grow its program with the support of art partners in the Salvadoran community and its vast diaspora such as the National Gallery and the Spanish Cultural Center in San Salvador and BROTKunsthalle in Vienna, as well as from art fans, many of whom visit the country for its culture, its impressive landscape, and such activities as surfing.

“We are fortunate to have been able to make an impact on the art community of El Salvador, and look forward to collaborating with the program’s partners and many friends to continue to make a meaningful contribution” say Wennett and Cader-Frech.


For more information on Y.ES, please visit and


For the past fifteen years, the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation has provided support to contemporary artists from El Salvador. This commitment began in 2000 with the coordination and support of exhibitions of Salvadoran art at the Latin American Cultural Space in Washington D.C., followed in 2004 with a partnership with the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE), in San Salvador, to establish their highly regarded contemporary art program, MARTE Contemporary. In 2013 the Foundation teamed up with curator Claire Breukel and artist Simon Vega to produce Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador, the first publication and bilingual e-book of contemporary Salvadoran art accessible to audiences globally. In 2015, the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation continues its support through Y.ES.  The Foundation is led by Miami-based art collector duo Robert S. Wennett, founder of the real estate investment firm UIA Management, and Mario Cader-Frech, a Salvadoran and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for The Americas at Viacom International Media Networks.


Links to the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation’s past initiatives:

·       Information on the publication Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador:

·       Information on MARTE Contemporary at the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE):

·       Information on the Latin Cultural Space:

Links to key press on Salvadoran contemporary art:

·       Cisneros Collection online; “San Salvador: Silent Spring” by Luisa Funetes Guaza; Aug 2015

·       Artsy online; “Art Adventures with El Museo del Barrio: El Salvador” by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado; May 2015



Y.ES launches with retreat by guest artist Mark Dion and The Contemporary director Deana Haggag

Y.ES is thrilled to announce its first retreat initiative to take place in El Salvador from November 22-28, 2015. Artists based in San Salvador will have the opportunity to spend time with contemporary art experts, artist Mark Dion and Deana Haggag, the director of The Contemporary in Baltimore. 

This retreat is the first of an annual series of retreat organized by Y.ES to serve the artist community in El Salvador and to introduce global players to the contemporary practices in, and about, Central America.