Born in Venezuela, Yelitza Diaz’s life has been wrapped in the arts since childhood. She founded a gallery with her husband, who is also an artist, and was successful for many years until the crime and corruption in the local government became unbearable. They now live in South Carolina, where she makes art that explores human existentialism and the political and social developments of her native country. Her sculptures are made with ceramic techniques using a minimalist contemporary style. Fun fact: Yelitza designed the town seal for her native Municipio Falcón in Venezuela.
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About The Artist
Ever since she was a child, she has been wrapped up in a life of the arts. She graduated from the arts school Arturo Michelena of Valencia-Venezuela (1991-1995). She attended countless art workshops and participated in important competitions at national and international levels, garnering awards and recognitions for her work. She has also worked as an instructor of art, professor of art education and art history. Her works are in important collections in Venezuela, where she forged her way as an artist and sculptor.
Passionate about the human figure, she makes her sculptures with ceramic techniques in a minimalist-contemporary style. Her work has a clear inclination for human existentialism, generally based on political and social developments in her native Venezuela.
Her work reflects on hope and despair, deep thoughts or the lack of them, movement, stillness and nothingness. She has said, "The human figure is just an excuse to try to visualize the invisible...Some artists learn to be artists over the time, but I was born an artist. I am artist and I could never cease to be. I can only grow and let others know me. I see myself in the future as a universal artist, recognized and happy to contribute to the world with all the best of myself."
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2005
University of CaraboboAssociate of Arts, 2009