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SELECTED WORK by ANA VICTORIA GARRO

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ANA VICTORIA GARRO VARGAS biography

 

Ana Victoria was born in 1949, at that time the country vibrates in patriotism after the victory of 1948, hence her middle name.

His father, a self-taught Craftsman, forged iron to bright red. As a little girl, Ana Victoria accompanied her father on his work trips by train to Limon.

Her mother, a cult woman, was educated with French nuns. She was religious, charitable and very strict.

The artist grew up among storytellers in her father's workshop and in her grandmother's house where between “zarzuelas” (Spanish musical) and improvised plays she developed the ability to communicate through this medium.

Ana Victoria is educated at the School of the Salesian nuns of Maria Auxiliadora, from the age of 6. She becomes a very sociable, friendly, imaginative girl with an inclination to religion, until one day at the church she saw God greeting her. Immediately she mentioned it to the School Principal, then she told her that a girl like her would never be greeted by God, that made her rebellious and spiritually free.

In High school she studied singing, and with The Schubert's Ave Maria she toured churches and stages along with Maestro Claudio Vargas. At this time, she is attracted by the drawings of these environments.

University: In Ana Victoria's house, Art was not a viable career for a woman. She started psychology, after a few years she changes to philology. During those years she paints alone, until she decides to enter Fine Arts when she had the freedom to get married.

Graduated summa cum laude, was greatly influenced by the sculptor Olger Villegas and the Watercolor Painter Cecilia Pastor; Ana Victoria was characterized by a need to communicate through:

  • Painting

  • Sculpture

  • Oral Narration

In painting: She began painting Oil Still Life with great success at the University.

She then paints Figurative Acrylic with Maestro Luis Dale, who defines her as an own style Artist. Ana Victoria works in his workshop, until he dies.

She continues with Figurative Art, she meets Doctor Luis Chacon, who encourages her to continue figurative painting for years. She takes her Figurative Art to Argentina and there Master Lopez Claro defines her as a painter who reflects Central American Art.

Ana Victoria suffers an injury to her neck; therefore, she’s not allowed the use the brush and build sculptures. Faced with the impossibility of painting and sculpting and influenced by Gaudi, she’s dedicated to designing her sculptures with the theme of storytellers in cement covered by ceramics.

 

After being incapacitated for several years, she suffers from depression. Spontaneously she buys some fabric, extends it on the floor and instinctively begins abstract art pouring the bucket of paint direct into the canvas, splattering, dripping, designing, and creating; evolving from acrylic to automotive painting, developing the technique initiated by Pollock and Ana Victoria complements it by creating human form in abstract.

In the 90s she meets an Al Maestro Moises Mendelevich and Armando Trejo both, disciples of Francisco Garzón; Cuban, creator of the Oral Scenic Narration. Ana Victoria travels to Spain where she trained as a narrator, where became part of the Itinerant Cathedral of the Scenic Oral Narrators directed by Maestro Garzón, who named her Costa Rica’s representative.

With these 3 simultaneous arts, Ana Victoria does an investigation in those areas related to the identity of the Central American, Latin American being, achieving to express her vision of the people who make her vibrate in those worlds through Art’s different manifestations.

Ana Victoria uses storytelling and painting to conduct a research on Costa Rican legends, leaving an artistic legacy and creating a Museum of Costa Rican Legends at the Hotel Sueño Azul. Her voice is heard in a Costa Rican legends CD, that was the first oral record about legends in the country.

Currently, she is part of the Costa Rican Storytellers of the Costa Rica University. Ana Victoria is preparing a retrospective for 2022, at the Rafael Angel Calderon Museum about her career of the last 30 years, writes and narrates stories in the 3 areas of art, has a written novel in process and continues to paint figurative and abstract, since these are 2 styles that she has been successful; contributing to the formation of Costa Rica, Central America and Latin American identity.

 

The themes of the painting of this humanist artist have always sought their origins and roots, pretending to recognize and improve the Latin world, related with identity, childhood, race and people’s social differences.

In abstract art she captures her soul, vision of the world and its humanity; as much as the planetary and ecological reflection of this century. Its contradictions, its tragedies in the middle of a pandemic.

ANA VICTORIA GARRO VARGAS Biografía

 

Ana Victoria nace en 1949, en esa época el país vibra en patriotismo tras la victoria de 1948, de ahí el nombre de ella.

Su padre Artesano, trabaja el hierro a rojo vivo, autodidacta. De niña Ana Victoria acompaño a su padre en sus viajes de trabajo en tren a limón.

Su madre mujer culta, se educó con monjas francesas, religiosa, caritativa y muy estricta.

La Artista creció entre narradores de cuentos en el taller de su padre y en la casa de su abuela donde entre zarzuelas y obras de teatro improvisadas desarrollo una facilidad para comunicarse a través de este medio.

Ana Victoria se educa con las monjas salesianas de Maria Auxiliadora en la Escuela a partir de los 6 años, se convierte en una niña muy sociable, amiguera, imaginativa y con una inclinación a la religión, hasta que un día en la iglesia vio a Dios saludándola; lo comento con la directora del Colegio y ella le dijo que a una niña como ella Dios nunca la saludaría, eso la hizo rebelde y libre espiritualmente.

En la secundaria estudia canto y con el Ave Maria de Schubert recorre iglesias y escenarios con el Maestro Claudio Vargas; al mismo tiempo se siente atraída por el dibujo de esos ambientes.

Universidad: En la casa de Ana Victoria el Arte no era una carrera viable para una mujer. Entra a estudiar psicología, después de unos años se pasa a filología, durante esos años ella pinta en solitario, hasta que decide entrar a Bellas Artes cuando obtuvo la libertar al casarse.

Se gradúa con suma cum laude, fue muy influenciada por el escultor Olger Villegas y la Pintora de Acuarela Cecilia Pastor; Ana Victoria se caracterizo por una necesidad de comunicarse a través de:

  • Pintura

  • Escultura

  • Narración Oral

En pintura: Comenzó pintando bodegones al oleo con mucho éxito en la Universidad.

Luego pinta acrílico figurativo con el Maestro Luis Dale, que la define como una Artista con estilo propio. Ana Victoria trabaja en el taller de él, hasta que el fallece.

Ella sigue con el Arte figurativo, conoce al Doctor Luis Chacon y el la anima a seguir pintando figurativo por años; lleva su Arte figurativo a Argentina y ahí el Maestro Lopez Claro la define como una pintora que refleja el Arte Centroamericano.

Sufre una lesión en las cervicales y le prohíben usar el pincel y realizar esculturas.  Ante esa imposibilidad de pintar o esculpir.  Influida por Gaudí se dedica a diseñar sus esculturas con el tema de las contadoras de cuentos en cemento recubierto por cerámica; al quedar invalidada por varios años sufre una depresión ante la imposibilidad de usar un pincel, espontáneamente compra tela, la extiende en el piso e instintivamente comienza el Arte abstracto con el tarro de pintura directo a la tela, pringando, chorreando, diseñando, creando, evolucionando del acrílico a la pintura automotriz, logrando desarrollar esa técnica iniciada por Pollock y Ana Victoria lo complementa creando forma humana en abstracto.

En los años 90s conoce a Al Maestro Moisés Mendelevich y Armando Trejo ambos discípulos de Francisco Garzón, cubano, creador de la narración Oral Escénica. Ana Victoria viaja a España donde se forma como narradora donde forma parte de la catedra Itinerante de narradores orales escénicos dirigida por El maestro Garzón, quien la nombra representante en Costa Rica.

Con estos 3 artes simultáneos, Ana Victoria hace una investigación en esas áreas relacionadas con la identidad del ser Centroamericano, latinoamericano, llegando a expresar su visión de la gente que la hace vibrar en esos mundos a través de las diferentes manifestaciones del Arte.

 

Utiliza la narración y la pintura para realizar una investigación sobre las leyendas costarricenses, dejando un legado Artístico y la creación de un Museo de las Leyendas Costarricenses en el Hotel Sueño Azul. Su voz se escucha en las leyendas costarricenses con un CD que fue el primer registro oral sobre leyendas que hubo en el país.

Actualmente, pertenece al grupo de las narradoras costarricenses de la Universidad de Costa Rica, está preparando una retrospectiva para el 2022 en el Museo Rafael Ángel Calderon de su trayectoria de los últimos 30 años, escribe y narra cuentos en las 3 áreas del arte, tiene una novela en proceso, sigue pintando figurativo y abstracto, ya que en las 2 áreas ha tenido éxito; contribuyendo a la formación de una identidad costarricense, Centroamericana y latinoamericana.

Las temáticas de la pintura de esta Artista humanista siempre han buscado sus orígenes y raíces, pretendiendo reconocer y mejorar el mundo latino, sobre la identidad, niñez, raza, diferencias sociales de las personas.

En el arte abstracto ella plasma su alma, su visión del mundo y la humanidad de este; tanto como el reflejo planetario y ecológico de este siglo. Sus contradicciones, sus tragedias en medio de una pandemia.

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SELECTED WORK by GREGORY S. WALSH

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GREGORY S. WALSH biography

 

Walsh began his pursuit of art at the age of five, with his first oil painting, a still life set in the dining room of his family's home in Eugene, Oregon.  Under the guidance of his mother, a Fine Arts and Interior Design Major at the University of Washington, Walsh was taught the basics of color and design at an early age. 

One of the benefits of an artist mother was that she exposed him to fine art exhibits and especially to touring abstract expressionist paintings from the New York School that were shown at the University of Oregon art museum.  Those early impressions of works by Pollock, de Kooning, Kline, Rauschenberg, Rothko, Motherwell, and the Northwest masters, Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves and Mark Tobey, were fused in Walsh's young brain and artistic sensibility. 

In many ways, his work is a reflection of the painters he admired from his youth. Walsh attended The Cornish College of Arts in the early 1970s, but later pursued education and a career as a filmmaker. At age 62 he returned to painting on a part-time/full time basis.  The works on this website date from 2015 through the present.  He has exhibited his work in solo shows or group shows in galleries throughout the Northwest since January 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

When I approach

a fresh swath of canvas,

I empty my mind

and allow an image to appear in my imagination.

It is a bit like the moment of deciding to leap out of an airplane at 10,000 feet.

You feel the harsh bite of rushing frigid air,

the vertigo of nothing between you

and a patchwork of earth far below.

You leap then realize you have no parachute.

That is what it is like for me to paint my abstract paintings.

Sheer guts to put marks to the surface

not knowing if the ultimate result will be a work of art,

or a messy splatter.

But it is that thrill of not knowing,

but trusting that imagination

will ultimately deliver me safely to the ground

that drives my passion for abstract expressionism.

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SELECTED WORK by SHARINE ALICE

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SHARINE ALICE biography

 

Sharine Alice is a self-taught Costa Rican contemporary artist who specializes in abstract art.

Sharine uses oils, acrylics, and resins in her work. She combines these materials with methods and concepts that challenge the standards traditionally used in Costa Rica. Sharine was influenced by her mother and brother who are both accomplished artists. 

She is the mother of two boys and has been a Veterinary Doctor for over fifteen years. Recently she decided to explore her creative heritage and is delighted by this opportunity to share her passion and bold designs.

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SELECTED WORK by RICARDO BOURDET

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