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Nela Garzón

Nela Garzón

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14814 Wind Free Drive,
Houston, Texas

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Medium

/ Digital Art / Fiber Art / Illustration / Mixed-Media / Painting / Sculpture / Acrylic on Canvas

Art Training
Art School / Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia,

What impact do you want to have with your art?

I want to create awareness about the importance of traditional cultures and crafts on the contrary to the appalling outcome of consumerism an mass production. I want to promote cultural pride in minorities and acceptance from everyone. I wish I can help treasure through my work, those cultures that might disappear soon.

Artists Statement

My art explores the importance of identity and the transgression of transculturation, it encompasses topics such as: acculturation, racism, social injustice, immigration, the American dream and human behavior to mention some. We live in a constant bombardment of mass media, trends and consumerism, that are killing at fast pace the unique cultures that remain. I observe critically through my work the hybrid cultures that have formed, and how traditions have been buried by modern societies.åÊAs individuals, we are recognized through the eyes of everyone else with their opinions about us and the labels they give us. Misconceptions, generalized judgements and ignorance are the essence of social interactions between strangers. Our individuality is blurred by subjective opinions of where we come from, how we look and where we work. Additionally, it is transformed permanently by new cultures that impose upon us. We are us, but we are also what others want to see.

Folk art, handcrafts, believes and traditions from around the globe have always been my subject of research and admiration. Therefore, I appropriate and sometimes modify them in my work to send a message about the side effects of globalization and capitalism. I constantly use foreign media which sometimes I have to self taught in order to accomplish a piece. I want to create awareness about the importance of traditional cultures and crafts and promote cultural pride in minorities. Modern societies brag about diversity in academic scenarios, but are non-inclusive in social life. Masses of people are constantly being displaced by wars and natural disasters and in order to be accepted and adapt to new cultures a lot of them willingly choose to forget their traditions and origins. The outcome is an irreversible cultural loss.

Artists Biography

I am a multidisciplinary visual artist mostly working in painting but with a profound interest in exploring other media inspired by traditional crafts and cultures from all over the world. I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, where I obtained a Bachelor‰ of Visual Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana on 2004. In Colombia I worked as a freelance artist and took part of prestigious national exhibitions such as the 12 Salon Regional de Artistas, 41 Salon Nacional de Artistas and the 4to Salon de Arte Bidimensional. I have worked in different fields of the arts for more than 10 years; working in art direction, photography, illustration, graphic design and teaching. I moved to the U.S in 2010 after marrying and American and on 2012 we got established in Houston.

Besides Houston, my work has been shown in Kansas City, New York, Atlanta and Savannah. In 2019 I received the 1st award at the Assistance League of Houston – Texas Art Show, curated by Jennie Goldstein assistance curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art.