Roldanillo

The weather in Roldanillo is hot and uncomfortable. I wouldn’t recommend a stop there but for one place – the Museo Rayo. This small art museum was opened in 1981 by Omar Rayo, a Colombian abstract artist who worked mainly with geometric shapes. He was born in Roldanillo in 1928 and died there in 2010.

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Museo Rayo

The museum sits a block off the main plaza and is open daily. Admission is COP$5,000 for adults and COP$2,000 for children. It’s located in a unique building with domes and short hallways linking them to the lobby.

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Museo Rayo

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Museo Rayo

In the permanent galleries, Rayo’s work features geometric shapes in both color and black and white.

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Museo Rayo

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Museo Rayo

In another gallery, temporary exhibitions of works by other artists are on display. The artists on exhibit during my visit were Feliza Bursztyn, who made sculptures out of scrap metal, and textile artist Olga de Amaral. Both artists are Colombian.

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Feliza Bursztyn Sculpture

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Olga de Amaral Textiles

After walking through an outdoor space which includes a small auditorium, a final gallery featured Rayo’s works on paper and a short video about his life.

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Museo Rayo

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Museo Rayo

Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Museo Rayo

Omar Rayo’s tomb is also on the museum grounds, flanked by two tall palm trees on either side. Even the headstone was designed with a beautiful geometric optical illusion.

Tomb of Omar Rayo at Museo Rayo in Roldanillo

Tomb of Omar Rayo at Museo Rayo

The main plaza of Roldanillo is typical of the region with many trees and a fountain in the center.

Main plaza in Roldanillo Valle del Cauca Colombia

Main plaza

Main plaza in Roldanillo Valle del Cauca Colombia

Main plaza

The church is very modern in design and contains some gorgeous stained glass windows.

Church on the main plaza in Roldanillo Valle del Cauca Colombia

Church on the main plaza

A few blocks away, the Parque de La Ermita is another large plaza with many trees and benches. On one end is the Capilla de La Ermita, a national historic landmark.

Parque de La Ermita in Roldanillo park Colombia Valle del Cauca

Parque de La Ermita

La Ermita in Roldanillo Colombia Valle del Cauca

La Ermita

Transportadores de Occidente offers frequent bus service between Roldanillo and cities such as Cali, Pereira, and Armenia. The bus office is next to the main plaza.

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