About Me

Born in Cali, Colombia, my formative years were spent in the UK, Spain and France. My passion for art was fostered at an early age, ensuring I always had a medium for creative experimentation. It was during a summer in Florence at the age of 16, that I was first introduced to oil paint and pastels, where through drawings of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci and painting from real life, I was able to further develop my passion for the Arts.

After completing my A-levels in France, I decided to relocate to USA and studied Fine Arts at Penn State University. It was here that I developed a firm foundation in fine art and art history. While I was able to experiment with sculpture, printmaking, photography and mixed media, my passion always remained with painting and drawing.

Following this I have lived in New York, London, Paris and Barcelona, where I have been able to explore the wide variety of museums and galleries these cities have to offer.

I currently live in Tuixent, a beautiful town in the Spanish Pyrenees, where I work as an art, yoga and english teacher, and continue painting and drawing.

Castellano:

Sobre mí

Nací en Cali, Colombia. Los años formativos los he realizado entre Inglaterra, España y Francia. Mi pasión por el arte se fomentó a una temprana edad, y desde entonces he utilizado diversos medios para desarrollar mi experiencia creativa. Fue durante un verano en Florencia a la edad de 16 años, cuando descubrí por primera vez la pintura al óleo y los pasteles, donde a través de dibujos de Michelangelo y Leonardo Da Vinci, y la pintura en vivo, fuí capaz de incrementar aún más mi pasión por las Bellas Artes.

Después de terminar los estudios en Francia, decidí trasladarme a Estados Unidos y estudié en la Universidad de Penn State. Allí desarrollé una sólida base en el arte y la historia del arte. Pude experimentar con escultura, grabado, fotografía y medios mixtos, aunque mi pasión siempre se mantuvo con la pintura y el dibujo.

He vivido en Nueva York, Londres, París y Barcelona, donde he podido explorar la gran variedad de museos y galerías de arte que estas ciudades pueden ofrecer.

Hace tres años que resido en Tuixent, donde imparto clases de arte, de yoga y de ingles.


Artist's Statement

As a Colombian who has lived most of her life in Europe, I am fortunate enough to be able to draw on a variety of cultural traditions in terms of artistic expression. Having been born in Cali, a city famed for blending Andean and Afro-Caribbean cross-cultural traditions, I have always tried to couple this cultural and intellectual heritage to my more structured European education. I have been immensely inspired by travelling. Morocco and India have been a great influence on some of my artwork, whether by colour palette or subject matter.

I am a realist painter, working primarily from photographic references. I find inspiration in many subjects, whether it is figure, portrait, landscape or still life. My paintings and drawings are representational reflections of people, objects, or scenes that have caught my eye. Sometimes the attraction is purely aesthetic; the way light touches someone's skin or the dynamic energy of a crowd. Other times the subject has thematic or narrative significance that references personal experience.

For the last 3 years I have been working on a series of paintings dedicated to animals, mainly horses. I want to show the power and beauty of these animals.

Castellano:

Declaración del Artista

Como colombiana que ha vivido la mayor parte de su vida en Europa, tengo la suerte de poder recurrir a gran variedad de tradiciones culturales en términos de expresión artística.

Soy una artista realista, trabajando principalmente de referencias fotográficas. Mis pinturas y dibujos son reflexiones representativas de personas, objetos o escenas que me han llamado la atención. A veces la atracción es puramente estética; la forma en que la luz incide en la piel de una persona o la energía dinámica de una multitud. Otras veces la temática hace referencia a mi experiencia personal.

Durante mi tiempo en Tuixent, he estado trabajando en una serie de cuadros en gran escala dedicados a animales, enfocándome en caballos. He querido mostrar el poder y la belleza de estas criaturas.


Education

Restoration of Paintings course, September 2016
Institute of Art and Restoration, Palazzo Spinelli, Florence, Italy

Life drawing classes, November 2010 - March 2011
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

Bachelor of Arts, Painting and Drawing, May 2008
Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA

Painting and Drawing course, August 2003
Institute of Art and Restoration, Palazzo Spinelli, Florence, Italy

Collections

Private collections in Spain, France, England, Italy, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, USA, Canada, Colombia, India, Russia, Lebanon and Singapore

Associations

Member of the International Guild of Realism (IGOR), 2018 - 2019

Solo Exhibitions

Cal Gabriel Restaurant, February 2018 - present
Tuixent, Spain

Portraits of Tuixent, October 2019 - January 2020
Museu de les Trementinaires, Tuixent, Spain

Inspirations in Watercolour, September - October 2018
Museu de les Trementinaires, Tuixent, Spain

Aux Petits Joueurs Restaurant, July 2011
Paris, France

Selected Exhibitions

School of Visual Arts Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, February 2008
Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA

Group Exhibitions

Current Collection, 2017- 2018
Galeria Misrachi, Mexico City, Mexico

Afterwork & Arte Exhibition, June 2017
Restaurante la Embajada, Madrid, Spain

Luna Llena de Arte Exhibition, August 2015
Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza, Spain

Wimbledon Open Studios Art Show, May 2010
Wimbledon Art Studios, London, UK

Competitions

Pre-selected for the Pastel Society Exhibition, 2017
Mall Galleries, London, UK

Shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 2010
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Press

Interviewed by "Ara Lleida Tour", February 9th 2019
Lleida Tv, Spain

Featured artist, Nov/Dec 2018
Albadia Magazine, Dubai, UAE

Featured artist, May 2011
Gawker.com

Related Employment

Art Teacher, November 2018 - Present
Private children's art classes, Tuixent, Spain

Art Teacher, March 2019 - April 2019
Private watercolour portrait classes, Tuixent, Spain

Artist Assistant, January 2011 to April 2011
Sergio Ostroverhy, Paris, France

Gallery Intern, September 2008 to June 2009
Opera Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Gallery Intern & Assistant, June 2008 to June 2009
Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York, NY, USA