Misia Violencia was what my grandfather would call my grandmother when she was upset. It means Mrs. Violence. She was a strong, intelligent, determined woman who only showed me love, kindness and passion. As I became an adult, I learned about her flaws, only to make me more eager about my past and committed to make reparations.
Misia Violencia has been a source of inspiration for a long time now, and she has become a symbol of struggle, power, love and beauty. My work inherently has traces of these qualities, and it has helped me document and shape an identity I still struggle to comprehend.
I was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and had no choice but to migrate to the US when I was 15. I yearn to learn about the places I come from and the history behind their people. I believe acknowledging our roots and learning about them is essential to improve as a society. Keeping our past close enriches our culture as this helps us empathize, make amends and reconcile the past with the present in hopes of building a better future. Over all, I would like my work to be about gender, sexuality, migration, race, ethnicity, and identity decolonization.
I use a wide variety of mediums and forms such as photography, painting and mixed-media drawing. Change motivates me. Diversity gives strength to my artistic practice as I believe each subject matter calls for a specific medium and treatment. My artwork greatly relies on research and the contemplation of the artistic process. I strive to explore, reflect on and redefine my human experience in order to create.
I would like to invite you to be part of my journey as I discover what my work and heritage are really about. I hope you enjoy what you witness.
- University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain — Master of Fine Arts – 2019
- New England School of Photography, Boston, MA, U.S. — Certificate in Professional Photography – 2011
- Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami, FL, U.S. — Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude – 2009
Solo Alt Exhibitions
- Vislumbres Infantiles, La Tetería Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain — 2019
- Pícará Picaflor, ITACATE, Barcelona, Spain — 2018
- Concurso Solidario de Pintura, Asociación de Artistas Alicantinos, Alicante, ES – 2020
- Residencies FiC-ProdArt’19, Centre d’Art Contemporari de Barcelona, ES – 2019
- From The Ground Up: Dwelling on Naturalness, The Middle Gray, Brookine, MA — 2016
- Self Portrait, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT –– 2013
- Alumni Tear Sheet Exhibition, New England School of Photography, Boston, MA — 2012
- Iphoneography: Updated Visual Dialogs, The Lunch Box Gallery, Miami, FL — 2012
- Identity Factory, Espacio Rojo, Córdoba, Spain — 2009
- Visual Revolution, Blank 45 Fine Art Gallery, Miami, FL — 2009
- Go Figure, Demet Koc Gallery, Miami, FL — 2009
- Terminal Crew, Miami Spaces Warehouse, Miami, FL — 2009
- Horse Play, Atrium Gallery, Miami, FL — 2008
- Jungle Fever, Flamingo Lake Gallery, Miami, FL — 2008
- Garden Party, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Beach, FL — 2007
- 85@85, Mi Arte Gallery, Miami, FL — 2007
- Juried Annual Student Show, Atrium Gallery, Miami, FL — 2007
- Percha Mag, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014.
- Revista Indigo, Bogotá, Colombia, 2013. http://issuu.com/revistaindigo/docs/indigo__6/7?e=6410108/2152913
- Percha Mag, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.
- Self Portrait, Blurb Book, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, 2013.
Features & Contests
- Image Feature, Feature Shoot’s Instagram, 2016
- The Print Swap, Contest Winner, Feature Shoot, 2016
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