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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ana Vanessa Urvina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Vanessa Urvina.

Hi Ana, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a Venezuelan visual artist living in Miami for the past two years. To remember my first encounter with the arts, I need to go back to a story that I heard from my mom. She always recalls when I was five years old, my favorite game was to paint and then show others my small paintings, something like an art exhibition. I was in painting classes from the age of eight until I was sixteen years old. So, yes, I always had a natural love for the arts.

I first studied Arts at the Central University of Venezuela (2006) and then, after winning an AlBan scholarship, I did an MFA in Artistic Production at The Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain (2007-2008). Afterwards, for seven years, I was a university professor in amazing places like the Arts School of the Central University of Venezuela and the Letters School of the Catholic University Andrés Bello in Caracas.

Parallel to teaching and researching, I developed my work as a visual artist. I began participating in art shows, art fairs and expanded my practical knowledge with art courses such as a Creation of Artist’s Books Diploma in the Costa Rica University. However, I think that a decisive moment on my art journey was the Intensive Painting Course that I did at Columbia University back in 2015. This course helped me to discover a new visual language in painting. I had the privilege to listen to the teachings of incredible artists like Gregory Amenoff and Patricia Treib, which made me rethink the way I saw the world and express it through art. In this process, I discovered the nature of the tropics as a capital theme in my work and took my production to new levels of experimentation in the form of art installations and wall sculptures. With these new topics, I had solo exhibitions in cultural centers in Caracas and Maracaibo in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, my family and I moved to Miami, where I currently have my studio, live and work.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think the biggest challenge for a visual artist, at least in my case, is to find your own artistic language that expresses the intellectual and creative process of the artwork. This means a lot of work, constancy, and experimentation. The other big challenge is to find the paths and windows to spread the artwork and build your own audience.

When you are and immigrant, I think it is really important to focus on the opportunities offered by the place where you live. You need to open your mind, keep faith, and always work with focus and decision, even in the bad days. Right now, I think it is an incredible moment for visual arts because there are many platforms to show, sell and generate interest in your artwork.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My artistic practice reviews the tropical landscape, specifically the Caribbean tropics. For this, I use different techniques such as paintings, wall sculptures, acrylic boxes, and installations that seek to create fun and playful experiences about nature. I also use many different supports like wood, paper, acrylic and canvas.

I am also interested in the rhythms of plants, their infinite shapes and lines; roots, trees, leaves, waterfalls, rivers, stones, skies that are like the sea and seas that are sometimes skies. The light and the color of the tropics and how they transform everything in their path is one of the great motives of my work. In light of contemporary art, I am deeply inspired by the struggle of women to find spaces in the establishment; their hardships for generating interest in art from the feminine point of view.

I would love people to remember my work for the mixture between figurative and abstraction. Also, for the art installations and for the big scale paintings. I want to be able to immerse the viewer in my own garden-tropical visions and leave an important memory in the viewer. With this in mind, I will be participating in an art installation in the first Venezuelan Contemporary Art Festival to be held in New York City, June 24th to 26th at One Art Space Gallery. I want to invite all the readers of VoyageMIA to take a look at all the amazing artists that will be participating. Please go to their IG account: @venezuelaartfair

Alright, so before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I invite all to learn more about my artwork, visiting my IG account. You can send me a message to acquire or buy some of my art pieces. I also work with an art commission system. Finally, if you want to see all my work, we can make an appointment for an art studio visit.

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Image Credits
Perfil photo Mauricio Gómez Amoretti Paintings photos Walter Otto

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