El Trotamundos (2007) Jorge Kata Núñez

Aad Hoogendoorn
About the artwork

This colorful mural was created by Chilean artist Jorge Kata Núñez and was unveiled on September 8, 2007 during the 'September in Rotterdam' festival. The artwork is called El Trotamundos (the world traveler) and shows a galloping horse, which not only symbolizes freedom, but also global citizenship. The horse carries the world map on its body and a peace dove on its face. He runs proudly past, his tail waving in festive colors like a banner behind him. This animal will get there, despite the stern look of a little sun in the top left corner. At the feet of the horse it is more cheerful: large, round, clownish heads that look a bit like a full mane, smile amiably. They are drawn in such a way that it appears as if they are projected from the grid into the wall. The painting was commissioned by a number of residents of the street. Núñez was a pioneer of wall painting in our city. In other words: street art in Rotterdam started with him. During a visit to Rotterdam in 2018, Núñez offered El Trotamundos to restore. After eleven years the mural made a somewhat dull impression. In collaboration with CBK Rotterdam, the painting was renewed and the Zwarte Paardenstraat received the work with its unique colors.

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About the artist

Jorge Kata Núñez (Valdivia, Chile, 1953) was a metallurgical worker. He started his artistic work in the Ramona Parra mural brigade in Valdivia. In 1974 he was arrested by the armed forces of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 1977 he is sent to the Netherlands and sentenced to 15 years of exile. In 1979 he founded and participated in various mural brigades. In that year he also went to the Free Academy of The Hague. In Rotterdam he took part in various graphic workshops and started to make his own work. He lived and worked in Rotterdam until October 2012, after which he returned to his hometown in Chile. Kata has made more than 60 murals throughout the Netherlands, both in public spaces and in buildings in the Netherlands and Chile. In the beginning he mainly painted murals that appealed to people's sense of solidarity. His paintings, linocuts, books and engravings have been exhibited in various countries.

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Zwarte Paardenstraat 93A, 3012 UK Rotterdam, Netherlands


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