San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Where art and architecture converge

Over the years, Costa Rican architect Kéyner Segura has learned that when it comes to his chosen profession, art matters. Now, using symbolic and geometric designs, he’s created his own art exhibit, and aptly dubbed it “Convergence.”

Segura was always artistic. Growing up in Puntarenas, his parents gave him the freedom to express himself using paint and a wide canvas otherwise known as the walls in their house. And after receiving his graduate degree in architecture, he took several courses in design, drawing and art appreciation. These included classes with renowned artists Nicolás Belcic and Juan Bernal Ponce. Segura’s thirst for art also led him to visit museums abroad to spot new trends.

For a few years now, Segura has worked mostly with acrylic paint on fabric canvas. He has dedicated himself to creating pieces influenced by contemporary and post-modern artists, such as those by Fernando Carballo, César Valverde and fellow architect and artist Rafael Ángel “Felo” García.

Segura’s latest work showcases the merging of diverse methods he has used in his work during the last three years. The colors are inspired by his homeland of Guanacaste, and the works are inspired purely by the painter’s imagination. He worked freely, so the pieces really do not aspire to any kid of consistency.  

In order to achieve his vision, Segura relied on years of experience and artistic whims. “I could not paint in the same way without having studied architecture,” he said. “It enriches my art and my imagination.”

You can see “Convergence” at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, located 5km west of Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. The exhibit runs from March 2-April 5, from 10 a.m.-4p.m. For more information call 2667-0592 / 8386-6872 or email

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