I grew up in La Paz, Bolivia, a beautiful city in the Andes at 11,942 ft. above sea level. High mountains and indigenous cultures surrounded me during my childhood, and I grew fond of the bright colors and geometrical patterns in textiles called “Aguayos”. For many years my home country has inspired my Artwork. My first group exhibit was at “Alternativa Art Center” with two pieces sold on the opening day. I was then invited to a solo exhibit hosted by “The Art Café Le Comedie”. Private collectors in France and Peru became interested in my art as well and encouraged my participation at an event at the Peruvian Embassy in Bolivia in which a few contemporary artists were invited to donate a piece into the charity auction benefitting “Arte de Altura”. This was quite an honor for me as it allowed me to exhibit with Ricardo Perez Alcalá and Mamani Mamani, some of the most important representatives of the Bolivian art.
I’ve been creating art in various forms throughout my entire life, but took Art classes only as a child, so I was considered a self-taught artist. My experimentation has been my path for learning. Ricardo Perez Alcalá told me that this helped me to develop my own techniques, of which his favorite is the continuous color gradation with the use of bright colors and squares that later transfer into spheres, creating optical illusions.
In 2008, my continued curiosity for new cultures, languages and design led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of New Mexico. I moved to the city of Albuquerque and continued painting with my deepest appreciation in Pachamama (Mother Earth), but now also influenced by the New Mexican landscapes.
My abstract work keeps evolving. With the support of private collectors in USA, Bolivia, and Spain, I’ve been adding more exhibits to to my portfolio yearly, including not only oil paintings, but some watercolors, inks, pencils, screen printing, jewelry, and mixed- media. I’ve been promoting art education, using architecture and design concepts, teaching Spanish and creativity, yet I always find time to keep participating in yearly collectives like “Dia de los Muertos” at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM, the Valentine’s show exhibit at the Downtown Contemporary Art Center in Albuquerque, NM and regularly donate pieces for charity events.
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