By Deysi Peña
Since he was little he played with the black sand of the coast of Puerto de La Libertad and now he has become an expert sculptor, and will travel to Egypt to represent El Salvador in World Youth Forum (World Youth Forum), that held between 1 al 12 from December 2019.
Nicolás Francisco Tomás Javier Méndez Avilés, of 38 years, he has managed to shape the sand with his hands until obtaining sculptures worthy of being admired. The artist is also a teacher of Mathematics, Graduated from the Pedagogical University of El Salvador, and his high school studies were carried out at Colegio Santa Cecilia, by Santa Tecla.
The Salvadoran sculptor underwent a strict process and presented a series of requirements that allowed him to classify among the best in the world. His resume and photographs at local and international events gave him the expense-paid pass to exhibit his work at a global event..
The closing ceremony will be on 17 from December, where the participation of the President of Egypt is planned, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, as well as guest artists and sculptors of great trajectory.
The organizers of the event plan that the participants know the most representative and tourist places of Egypt.
For Méndez Avilés, the process has not been easy. To obtain the visa, traveled to Guatemala, where is the nearest embassy of Egypt, to meet with the ambassador of that country. further, thanks his friends who have supported him, particularly his former fellow students, who have paid the visa expenses, since it has not had the support of any governmental or private institution that supports it.
The enthusiasm to wear blue and white and represent their country, they keep it positive and with great courage to show the world that in El Salvador there are artists with great talent in plastic arts.
Who would say that the walks with his grandmother to the beach of Conchalío, in the port of Liberty, when Méndez Avilés was barely five years old, they would become his school of self-training. “I used to make sand balls and simulate castles, among other things that occurred to me ".