Noé Canjura, Salvadoran-French (1922-1970)

Noé Canjura was a Salvadoran painter and a prominent figure in 20th  century modern art in France. He was born in Apopa, a village in the Republic of El Salvador in Central America. Canjura’s talent for drawing came to light when he was seventeen years old. In 1972, he began studying painting at the Academy of Painting of Valero Lecha in San Salvador. In 1948, he travelled to Mexico City to continue his studies and was influenced by Diego Rivera, who with Orozco and Siqueiros, was at the height of his fame. Gradually Rivera’s influence lessened and Canjura turned to the art of Gauguin, gaining from him the idea of formal order in painting and the use of curves.

In 1949, Canjura’s career changed dramatically, when he went to France to study at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts for special studies in the technique of fresco painting on a grant issued by his government. While in Paris, his work was strongly influenced by the work of Courbet and Le Nain, although he clung to subjects that depicted the somber life and harsh soil of his native country. His unique use of color, tone and texture brought him extensive recognition, and his paintings and lithographs were included in many important French exhibitions. Four of his paintings were purchased by the City of Paris for their permanent collection. His paintings have been purchased for the collections of the French State, the National Museum of El Salvador and the Hamishka Leomanouth Museum at Ein Harod in Israel.

Noé Canjura passed away in 1970 in Morienval, France.