Oil Paintings 

My most recent work focused on creating narratives, which explored the turbulent times in which we live, both through the personal, social and political with particular interest in the destruction of the environment and changes in socio- political structures in a modern capitalist society. My aim is to engage in depth with social and world affairs while questioning my work within a contemporary art practice.

 

Having lived in six countries and across three different continents, it has helped me to question my cultural identity and my role as a painter whilst also educated me in ways I can contribute towards change. Witnessing atrocities and people fighting for justice against fascist regimes enhanced my wonderment for the human spirit. I was born during the dirty war in Argentina, as a teen I protested against the Pinochet regime while living in Chile and was chased by water cannons and police mounted on horseback. The following year while finishing high school, I witnessed the end of Apartheid and Mandela rising to power in South Africa. This has all shaped the way I think, react to and synthesize the world through and in my art works. I am a great believer that art and education can help change and shape the world we live in. I have been living in London since 1999.

My practice is figurative and amongst my interests is the idea of misinterpretation, I like to play with suggesting and conveying difference. In my previous work I explored my fascination with the idea of subverting traditional portraiture heritage, by choosing unconventional subjects I explored the interplay of how my subjects seemed and who they were, which did not match. 

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