/ Collage / Digital Art / Installation /Site-specific Art / Mixed-Media / Printmaking
Art TrainingSelf Taught / Southwest school of Arts, San Antonio TXGlassell School of Art, Houston TX
Houston Arts Alliance, MFAH, Printmatters, Wivla, VAA, Diverse works
What impact do you want to have with your art?
My work is abstract, geometric, visually engaging through color and shape, providing portals and connecting the viewer with the interaction of planes, providing a sense of harmony, calm, and meditation
I am a Houston-based visual artist who draws inspiration from my own eclectic sources of interest and experience. Having left my native Venezuela to live in the U.S., I find that these two worlds, and a diverse blend of cultures, have shaped who I am, and have enriched my understanding of what constitutes home.
A vague sense of displacement, and, at times, an underlying yearning to belong, leads me to create imaginary spaces that appear to straddle multiple worlds, perspectives and forms. I was widely exposed to contemporary non-figurative art in Venezuela. This aesthetic loosely informed my professional practice as an architect, and, continues to influence my practice as a visual artist.
I have a desire to seek beauty and restore a personal sense of order and harmony.
I am interested in experimenting with a variety of materials, tools and processes, and actively avoid holding on to preconceived notions about what constitutes art or anything else that might inhibit the possibilities that might arise through the process or the medium. I am as interested in deconstructing the work as I am in its construction, and I am drawn to consider endless juxtapositions.
Born in Venezuela, Luisa Duarte is a visual artist with extensive ties to Latin America. As an artist with formal training in architecture, Duarte found early inspiration in the geometric abstraction movement, all of which is loosely referenced in her work. Line and color provide important structural bases for an exploration of themes related to fragility– understanding fragility as a range of experiences and events that trigger meaningful change and growth. She engages with these themes through a variety of techniques and mediums, including acrylic, watercolor, ink, paper and plaster. Her work is available in original form, limited edition prints, monotypes, collage and as art objects.
Luisa Duarte lives in Houston, where she shares a home with her husband and two dogs, and welcomes visitors to her studio by appointment