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Vania DeFelice

Vania Leporowski

Vania DeFelice

Silver Street
2000 Edwards St. Studio 216

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Art Training
Self Taught

Artists Statement

Born and raised in Guatemala.

Vania Leporowski began painting when she was a teenager. She grew up in the atmosphere of Guatemala’s rich history in the visual arts that dates back to pre-Columbian times, with the painting of exquisite murals and the carving of stelae by the Mayans.

Early on she was influenced by the works of Carlos Mérida, Ramirez Amaya, Roberto González Goyri, and others of the “Generación del 40.”

After marriage, her husband encouraged and supported her art studies. In Barcelona, she studied at the Institucion Artistica de at Enseñanza Escuela (IADE). During her time in Barcelona, her artistic expression led to several shows. Private collectors began to take notice and purchase her paintings.

Upon returning to Guatemala, she continued her art studies under the guidance of the well-known muralist, Marie AndreeBartlett. She had several private shows, but more importantly, she reached out to collaborate with the Fundación Margarita Tejada Para Sindrom Down to help children with Down syndrome by using her art skills.

In 1982, Vania and her husband moved to the USA where she developed more techniques, including encaustic, to continue her self-expression through colors, textures and shapes.

Vania has followed her own voice that is deeply rooted in Guatemalan culture using textiles, oils, acrylics, papier-mâché, resin, spray paint and of course, encaustic.