What is your background?
I was born in an ultra-conservative family, the idea of making a living as an artist was not welcomed. But I’ve always loved painting. I painted in my free time and gave them away to family and friends. Seven years ago, I realized that I don’t want to do anything else but art and decided to pursue what I really like. Because, I could literally paint all day, every day.
I grew up in South America. I did a couple murals around my city and assisted in beautification of schools in poor neighborhoods, I love doing community art projects. Now in the U.S I’ve done a couple of exhibitions, the last one was about 2 years ago at the Lincoln Public Library in Massachusetts.
This year I’m back in the art scene, and already have quite a few events lined up for the rest of 2018 and beginning of 2019 in Massachusetts, as well as internationally. My artworks will be displayed at the Wayland Public Library for the month of August; Millis Public Library for the month of October. Also, between October and December some of my pieces will be displayed in exhibitions in Paris, and in Rio de Janeiro. For the month of November my works will be at the Quincy Public Library, and February 2019 at the Wellesley Free Library.
What does your work aim to say?
My artwork is all my emotions, feelings, dreams, put in a tangible form. Every piece I make gives you a little glimpse of how I see and feel the world. My process is completely intuitive – I let my mood dictate the colors I’ll use; the content and development of the piece emerge as I go. I work in solitude. It’s personal, it’s therapeutic. Art is the actual process of making it, and the resulting piece of work is the reward.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
We’ve come a long way. Throughout centuries us women have been involved in making art and we continue to be an integral piece, despite facing challenges due to gender biases in this male driven society. Women have been systematically excluded from the records of art history, many were kept from pursuing general education, let alone training in arts. Thank God it all started changing in the 60s when equal rights and feminist movements started rising, redefining the art scenery and paving the way for many women artists like myself practicing today.
Nowadays, breaking into the art world seems a lot more laid back for us girls – nobody can say anymore that art is a field dominated by men; although we still have to push against things like gender pay gap. But I’m pleased to see the efforts that Boston is making to eradicate this issue by training women in salary negotiation and passing a pay equality law. It’s a work in progress.
Massachusetts - New England - USA