My canvases are based on landscapes painted in an unconventional way. These works can be related to feelings and emotions and are shown through an intense color palette, in places that the spectator recognizes but have been transformed during the process of creation in which the paint finds its own shapes and layers, which ripple, pool and melt across the canvas.
The use of acrylics, mediums and inks produce unusual and interesting effects in the canvas, combined with traditional ways of painting, create mountains, plains and valleys, sometimes of familiar locations, travels or from my childhood in Venezuela.
I use photography to document the places I visit. I gather material from a variety of sources, books, old and new photographs, etc. But often is the memory of an environment that forms the initial idea behind the work.
My work is influenced by other landscape painters like David Hockney, because of his use of colour, April Gornik, for the depth in the meaning of her painting and Laura Owens , because of the contrast between reality and fiction in her landscapes. Also the psychedelic imagery samples of 1970s and Japanese landscape have had an impact in my painting.
As an artist, even if my paintings refer to constructed landscapes and they are not specific to a particular event, exists inside me a discontent with climate changes and political conflicts which affect directly our environment. Even my paintings can express beauty; they also show the fragility of nature.
Glasgow School of Art
Bachelor of Arts, 1993
Manchester Metropolitan University
Master of Arts, 1994