Pettersen’s Art

The art of Carmen L. Pettersen has been well known for six decades in Guatemala.  More than 500  examples of her work are held in private collections.  Her signature collection, Maya of Guatemala, is on exhibit at the Museo Ixchel de Traje Indígena in Guatemala City. 


Watercolor landscape painting was Pettersen´s favorite theme.  She was also an excellent painter of portraits and florals in watercolor.  Her life work included oil painting and pen and inks.  Her work has been exhibited in London, Chicago, Bogota and Guatemala. 


The Foundation cares for the Maya de Guatemala Collection as well as Pettersen´s personal property, including her art materials, and a significant archive of documentation and photography of her life and times. 


The Foundation´s Maya de Guatemala Collection is on loan to the Museo Ixchel de Traje Indígena.  The Foundation´s Conservator is working with the Museum to update and upgrade the exhibit format.

Ixchel Museum

6a. Calle Final, Zona 10

Centro Cultural UFM

Campus of the Francisco Marroquín University

Guatemala City, Guatemala

(502) 23313622 telephone

(502) 23313634 fax


Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Monday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Adults: Q35.00

University students with ID: Q15.00

Children: Q10.00

For further information on access and offerings visit the updated


The Foundation welcomes interest from museums and universities abroad interested in collaborating with FCLP in showcasing Latin American art and textile artworks both abroad and in Guatemala. 

Image licencing

The Carmen L. Pettersen Foundation welcomes the use of images of our collection, but we ask that you respect our rights and reproductions policies as you proceed.

If you wish to include a FCLP image in print, electronic or broadcast media, please email your request with the following details included:

  • For-profit/non-profit status of requesting institution
  • Title of art work.
  • Media format.
  • Expected publication date, print run, and distribution.
  • Image reproduction size (i.e. 1/4, ½, full-page, cover).
  • Fees will be determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Applicants can expect a response within 1-2 weeks.
  • All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via email.



Occasionally, images may be licensed for use on merchandise. All licensed product designs are subject to the Foundation´s approval prior to their publication and marketing.

Certificates of authenticity

Authenticity is everything.  The Foundation has issued Certificates of Authenticity for over 400 pieces of Pettersen´s art in Guatemala, thus granting full legitimacy to the works of art in question. 

To certify a work by Pettersen, contact us at

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