I learned all I needed to about creating art as a young girl in my grandmother's garden - where I sat doing what as an adult I call meditating. That quiet spot became my temple. Many years passed before I began to birth the creations conceived in my early daydreams. I started to write fiction and poetry, and then my mind exploded into a galaxy of colors, shapes, and movement as I started to paint on a variety of surfaces, digitally, and then added photography and digital visual art to my artistic spectrum. My art is representative of the twists and turns we take during our daily lives, and of the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds us. My work is my gift to the world, and to everyone who falls in love with it. I was born in Cuba, and have lived in Spain, New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. I now reside in Miami, Florida, where I work and play at Collazo Art Studio with my artist husband Miguel, four dogs, and cats in the yard.
I take photographs - sometimes of all the obvious things that we all see, and others of things we tend to overlook - like items tossed roadside, a section of what I initially see in the frame... - then, I digitally mix and match the images to create the finished work. When I paint, I allow colors, shapes, and movement to guide me to express the language that floats inside my brain.
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS 2018
3/7 to 3/20- The Four Faces of Eve, iae, International Art Events, London, England
3/14 to 3/18- Art Boca Raton, Irazoqui Gallery, Boca Raton Florida
1/11 to 3/4 - "Artful Musings," Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
PAST EXHIBITIONS 2018 1/17 to 1/21- Art Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary, Irazoqui Gallery, West Palm Beach Florida
2017 5/19 to 5/20- "Miami Chocolate and Art Show," Wynwood, Florida Wynwood Warehouse Project 3/9 to 4/30- "Making New Impressions" Juried Group Exhibition Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 1/18 to 1/22- Art Palm Beach Art Fair 2017, Digital Photography Special Project: "One Mind/Alternate Realities"2016
2016 11/30 to 12/4- Art Concept Fair, "waterfront fair in the round," Miami, Florida, Contemporary Art Projects USA Booth 11/27 to 12/4- Curated Mini Fridge Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida, The Betsy Hotel 7/77 to 7/10- Art Santa Fe 2016, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Contemporary Art Projects USA 3/17 to 3/20 - Spectrum Indian Wells Art Fair, Indian Wells, California, Contemporary Art Projects USA 1/27- "Take Home a Nude Auction," West Palm Beach, Florida, The Armory Center
2015 12/2 to 12/6- Spectrum Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida, Contemporary Art Projects USA 10/9 to 10/2- Art Fusion of Dade and Palm Beach Counties Small Format/Affordable Art Group Exhibition, West Palm Beach Florida, Paul Fisher Gallery 2/24- Gala Purim Ball 20/20 Vision Ball Auction, Miami Beach, Florida 1/6 to 1/18- Art Deco Weekend White Law Hotel Solo Exhibition, Miami Beach, Florida
2014 12/5- Art Basel Miami Week Guest Artist, Miami, Florida, Historic Miami River Hotel 12/3 to 12/7- Spectrum Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida, Life Is Art Project 11/13 to 12/20- Miami Dade College Doral Pre-Art Basel Week Cosmic Connections Juried Exhibition, Doral, Florida, Miami Dade College Gallery 8/7/20-. Universe Miami's Industry Night Performers Platform on-stage poetry reading/projection digital paintings, Miami, Florida, Will Call Miami 7/25- The Busk Stop Underground Performance Movement Event Live Painting, Miami, Florida
Artistic Ambassador for the City of Miami
Board Member for Life Is Art
Philanthropist through Collazo Art Studio's Love of Philanthropy Chapter
Public Art Grant Recipient of the 2014 Historic Little Havana Arts District Beautification Project sponsored by the Miami Foundation for a Greater Miami and the Health Foundations of South Florida
Public Art Participant in the 2015 Historic Little Havana Arts District Beautification Project
Public Art Participant in the Miami-Dade County Transit Loves Art Public Transportation Beautification Project
Winner of the 2013 Art Slant 7th & 8th Showdown worldwide competitions
Winner of the 2013 Public Space Challenge, "Make Your Place," Little Havana's Historic Art District
Abstractions: Color, shape, and movement simultaneously dance in unison and compete with one another as reality falls captive to my imagination.
Alternate Landscapes: The search for other worlds is an integral component of the human condition. How can we be the only ones floating alone in such a vast universe? As I careen through space miraculously attached to our tiny planet by an unseen force, I look up at the sky and wonder. "Alternate Landscapes" are interpretations of my other worlds daydreams.
Blue Ghosts: The idea of ghosts fascinates me; as does the illusive veil of blue sky above us. "Blue Ghosts" is my attempt to capture the elusive veil of our daily lives, and all the things that surround us that are here one day and gone the next; some beautiful, some old, but all amazing by the very fact that they exist at all.
Flower Ghosts: A daydreamer from an early age, I often disappeared into my grandmother's garden to get away from everyone bent on derailing me from my musings. Flowers became silent, beautiful companions that each day captivated me more with their delicate beauty. Short-lived and wilting too soon as others took their place, their ghosts following me through the years and becoming the catalyst for my artistic career.
Fusion: Life is a fusion of events, emotions, memories, and expectations that meld together to make us who we are. "Fusions" is my interpretation of how such diverse subjects can blend and appear to have always been one.
Human Woman: The Female Identity: The struggle to adequately characterize the female identity has been long and hard, and no nearer to a resolution today than two centuries ago when women began demanding their right to be "equally viable" members of a male-dominated society. A lot has changed since then; our sex has risen to a level of power and recognition that exponentially exceeds the expectations of our equal-rights pioneering warriors. But a sexual/cognitive component of the stigma - one that seems almost impossible to overcome - still holds us hostage to too many of the old labels. Restrictions that we, ourselves, seem bent on perpetuating; incomprehensively, at the same time we fight to gain full control of our rightful place in society.
Light Tunnels: Open the curtains and let the sunlight shine on the floor, the furniture; watch the water glitter as the full moon beams burst through night shadows; turn on the light and watch everything come to life. Light is one of the most magical components of our world. " Light Tunnels" captures that magic as I manipulate nature, water, objects using this elusive element as my starting point.
Nature's Symphony: In the process of creating, I sometimes like to deconstruct and integrate a broad range of elements into one work, and the power of technology gives me the ability to do so. I focus with intent, well aware of the steps I am taking, but the piece ends up forging its own identity, and I tend to forget the source from where it originated. That is magic, and that is one of the reasons I am so enamored with being a creating.
Perfect Chaos: The Universe is the best example of "perfect chaos;" always in turmoil, yet the master of meticulously orchestrated details that create and destroy with the precision a surgeon's scalpel. My "Perfect Chaos" collection attempts to capture the essence of its mystery, tireless activity, and breathtaking wondrous beauty.
Portraits: Living things travel through dark passages into the unknown; portraits freeze moments that forge memory lanes that serve as valuable points of reference.
Re-invented Objects: We are earthbound, but there are other fantastic worlds we sometimes visit but never inhabit. And, even though there is magic all around us, we deem the ocean (inner space), and the cosmos (outer space) far more mesmerizing than our realm. These works are my attempt to replicate the magic found there, and the invented things we dream about.
Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight: When I took the first few photographs of the garden cuttings and miscellaneous items people place on the curb for the garbage collectors to remove, I was amazed; but soon after I became mesmerized by the fantastic images that I can create from the variety of items found there. Add to that a few drops of rainwater, a returning sun glittering on them, a piece of plastic folded in some strange way, and I have a fascinating subject that I now seek out with excited anticipation. I learn more every day that beauty truly can be found in just about any place if one looks hard enough and pushes the boundaries of the imagination.
Water Play: I find water mesmerizing; how it glitters in the sun, takes on the colors of the rainbow, and makes the sounds that can soothe or terrify us. When frozen in time by way of photography, the most amazing things can happen; when I play with it digitally and introduce new elements, there is no limit to the alluring beauty created.