Most of my paintings are in oil and acrylic although
sometimes I like to experiment with charcoal. My art is figurative art because
it is derived from real objects such as objects or people, but I am more
concerned with representing its essence and the feelings that something
produces in me, than its actual appearance. Most of the time I like to use very
bright and vivid colors and make strong brush strokes that show life, energy and
movement. I like to work on large canvases and sometimes I use my fingers as a
brush to put the color directly on the canvas. Through my art, I want to
communicate something, that each painting tells us about someone, about a
situation or about some reality.
This is a series of paintings in honor of the Wayuu
culture, which is part of the indigenous population of Colombia that lives in
La Guajira. This series of paintings is the result of photographs and
interviews made with the Wayuu. My love for Wayuu culture begins with my
grandmother who is a 93-year-old Wayuu woman (Casta Jusayu), very attached to
her customs and traditions, so wise and as magical as never wearing other
clothing than your blankets or never sleeping in something other than your
hammock. Wayuu culture is full of magic and colors, the ingenuity in its
beautiful handicrafts have been the support for its survival. Unfortunately,
its color is related to pain, the devaluation, corruption and abandonment by
the government which has brought the consequences of poverty, malnutrition and
death to this population. Through this series I not only want to show the art
that they have in their hands, which is literally an art to live, full of
vibrant colors and lots of light, I also want to leave a message of strength
and identity and to be the voice of those Wayuu children, who have to work from
childhood and suffer the consequences of abandonment.
Our children are the window through which we can see
the problems of our families. Since 2008 thousands of children have died from
malnutrition or pathology associated with family problems, especially children
under 5 years of age. Through my art, I want to sensitize not only Colombians
but also the international community. To this reality, then we can take the
first steps to change it.
Each painting of the children has their name and a
story to tell, and each painting shows us their art, such as that of the
backpacks and has a small review that indicates the origin of this manual art.
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