My work is the result of a practice rooted in more than one culture. I allow different languages to have a voice by creating series of images. I need the physical struggle with materials, the transformation that occurs beyond the initial plan. I use post consumer paper for my big formats because it is abundant and I feel free to take risks. I love the different tasks of cutting, painting and drawing. They make comments on each other.
Wood and paper are my preferred mediums. Wood is directly attached to earth. Paper is related to human history, economy and information. My collages are acts of interruption in the journey of paper from one purpose to the next. They are fragile and impermanent and their deterioration is part of the act.
From Colombia to France to Venezuela and the US, my work is a journal of unanswered questions.
Watch the video below, where I tell the story of my inspiration rooted in poetry, nature, and the art of women in Kuna Yala, Panama.
Solo and curated exhibitions
2019 "Interruption"Eclipse Mill Gallery, Paintings and prints. North Adams MA
2016 Teatro la Salamandra, Cali, Colombia.
2015 "Symbiose" Exhibition at Centre des Arts, Shawinigan, Quebec.
2015 "Lush Life", Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH, USA.
2010 "Signs of life" Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge MA, USA.
2008 "Towne Gallery" Wheelock College, Boston, MA, USA.
2006 Embassy of Venezuela, Washington DC. USA.
2001 Harvard Neighbors Gallery at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. USA
2000 Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA. USA.
1992 Mediatheque de Montrapon, Besançon, France.
1990 College Montciel, Arthotheque, Lons le Saulnier, France
1989 Village-Club Georges Moustaki, Les Moussieres, France
1987 Biblioteca del Centenario, Cali, Colombia.
1982 Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Bogota, Colombia.
2010 Flora Restaurant, Arlington, MA.
2006 Old Schwamb Mill, Arlington, MA.
2005-2014 Arlington Open Studios.
1998 Bologna Children's Book Fair, Illustration Exhibition, Bologna, Italy.
1997 Premier salon du Paysage Caribeen, Martinique, France.
1997 Noma Concours for Children books illustrations, Tokyo, Japan.
1997 Biennale of Illustrations, Bratislava, Slovakia.
1997 Biennal de Miniaturas Graficas, Centro Cultural Corp-Banca, Caracas, Venezuela.
1996 Galeria de Museo, Caracas, Venezuela.
1991 Salon du Livre, Dole, France
1991 Biennal des Arts, Saint Claude, France.
1989 Bibliotheque du Centre Culturel Aragon, Oyonnax, France.
1984 Maison des Ateliers, Paris, France.
1971-1978 Academia Martenot, Cali, Colombia
1978-1982 Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad Nacional, Bogota, Colombia.
1982-1984 Atelier 17, Paris, France.
1984-1985 Atelier Adac, Paris, France.
Children Books Publications
2003 El Zipitio, Groundwood Books, Toronto, Canada.
2001 Buzz Buzz, Groundwood Books, Toronto, Canada.
2001 The Great Canoe, Groundwood Books, Toronto, Canada.
1999 El Jardin del Pueblo, Hispanex, Scott Foresman-Adisson Wesley, USA
1999 El Soñador de Sueños, Ediciones Artemis, Caracas, Venezuela.
1999 El Mosquito Zumbador, Ediciones Ekare, Caracas, Venezuela.
1998 La Gran Canoa, Playco Editores, Caracas, Venezuela.
1996 Mambru se fue a la guerra, Ediciones Ekare, Caracas, Venezuela.
Awards and Honorable Mentions in Illustration
2001 Bulletin Blue Ribbon Winner, Canada, Illustration award.
2001 Parent's guide 2001 Children's Media illustration award. USA
2000 Honor List, International Board on Books for Young People. Basel, Switzerland.
1999 1st Prize, Children Book Illustration, Centro Nacional del Libro, Caracas, Venezuela.
1999 Children Book illustration of the year, Fundalibro, Caracas, Venezuela.
1998 Bologna International Book Fair, Selected for the 32nd Annual Illustrators Exhibition.
1998 Selected for the White Ravens Exhibit of The International Jungend Bibliothek, Munchen, Germany.
1997 Encouragement Prize, Noma Concours for Picture Books,
Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for Unesco, Tokyo, Japan.
1996 1st Prize, Children Books Illustrations, Fundalibro, Caracas, Venezuela.
Teaching and Education Management Experience
2001-2019 International School of Boston:
Extracurricular Activities Director for the Lower School
2009 Creation of a Mural painting for the International School of Boston:
"Life Story" an Illustration of the evolution of life.
1997-1998 College France, Caracas, Venezuela.
Instituto Andes, Caracas, Venezuela:
Workshops on book illustrations fro elementary and middle school children.
1998-1992 Atelier Patrimoine, Saint Claude, France
College Rosset, Saint Claude, France
College Montciel, Lons le Saulnier, France
College Ampere, Oyonnax
Elementary schools in Marchaux, Cleron, Foucherans, La Pesse, Thoiry, (Jura-Doubs-Ain) France.
Workshops for students on linoleum cuts, handcrafted books, papermaking, batik and fabric printing.