Monday, 2nd March, Lovejoy 215- 4:30 PM

Tilsa Tsuchiya (1929-1984) was an extraordinary Japanese-Peruvian artist. Her pictorial project was to create a personal iconography associated to a mythical dimension with no personal or historical references. This project had an outstanding moment in a set of paintings known as “the myths”: Tristán e Isolda (1974-1975), Mito de los sueños (1974),Mito del fruto (1975), Mito del árbol (1976), Mito de la mujer y el vuelo (1976), Mito de la montaña (el auki) (1976), Mito de la laguna (1975), Mito del pájaro y las piedras (1975),Mito del guerrero rojo (1976), Mito de la luna madre (1976).

For a sample of Tsuchiya’s paintings see her work at: http://www.arteygalerias.com/category/tilsa-tsuchiya/

Celia Rubina Vargas is a Professor of Semiotics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú. She is also a member of the Peruvian Association of Semiotics, the Mexican Association of Visual Semiotics and Space, and the research center Instituto Riva-Agüero at PUCP; Coordinator of the Peruvian delegation ALED (Latin American Association of Speech Studies); General Secretary of the FELS (Latin American Federation of Semiotics); and Representative of Peru to the IASS (International Association for Semiotic Studies). She received her PhD in Science of Language from the Université de Toulouse (France) with a specialization in semiotics (analysis of discourse).

Rubina’s research and publications in semiotics focus on Andean and Amazonian oral tradition (from the ancient mythical stories of the Manuscript of Huarochirí to the current myths and popular stories). She has also worked on the intertextuality of the theater/drama texts (particularly contrasting Greek tragic plays with contemporary Latin American theater). In the field of visual semiotics Rubina’s research is focused on the colonial paintings of Cuzco as well as in the contemporary visual arts (photography, painting and other).