Eliana’s artworks talk about the internal and external circumstances of the human being and how they impact it, represented in an abstract but also expressionist way.
Nowadays Eliana is working on the internal emotions lived with nature from within: the electricity of the storm, the loneliness of the drought, the middle of the climbing plant, the lightness of the butterfly, the fragility of the branches, or the resistance of the tree. The visceral of our nature and our struggle to dominate it.
1st. & 2nd. year at Nacional Institute of Fine Arts, University of the Republic, Uruguay.
Museo Torres García’s Painting Workshop. Teacher Rodrigo Fló (3 years).
Carlos Musso’s Painting Workshop (oil & ink investigation, months).
Selected to exhibit my paintings in the collective exhibition for Colonia International Festival, Jury: Barbara Duval, Nelson Di Maggio, Enrique Graf. Curator: Cliffton Peacock. Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, 2018.
Selected to exhibit my paintings in FUCAC Cultural Center. March 2019. Montevideo, Uruguay.
Selected by the team of curators of the international magazine 1340 Art Magazine. N. 7, Jan. 2018, p. 22.
Selected by the team of curators of the international magazine OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters. 25th. Sept. 2018.
Selected by the team of curators of the international magazine CreativPaper. V. 1, n. 12, Dec. 2018, p. 36 – 39.
Selected by the team of curators of the international magazine CreativPaper n. 13, Mar. 2019, p. 28 – 29.
7/27/2022 – 7/31/2022: Upcoming collective exhibition. Artifact Gallery. New York, USA.
3/12/2019 – 4/5/2019: CREATURES. Solo show. FUCAC Cultural Center Montevideo, Uruguay. Selected by art contest.
1/3/2019 – 1/12/2019: COLLECTIVE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION. Ovo Art. Enjoy Conrad Resort & Casino. Punta del Este, Uruguay.
11/8/2018 – 11/17/2018: Colonia International Festival Bastión del Carmen Cultural Center, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Selection by art contest. Collective exhibition.
9/13/2016 – 10/27/2016: SPLIT. Solo show. Foyer of Auditorio Vaz Ferreira – National Library. Montevideo, Uruguay. https://twitter.com/bnuruguay/status/773191672628912128
11/14/2014 – 12/4/2014: Exhibition of the “Painting Workshop”. Torres García Museum. Montevideo, Uruguay.
When did you begin painting and how did you get started?
Eliana : Since I was a little girl I’ve always painted. Nevertheless, I started the Fine Arts career because of my interest in pottery. Then I studied pottery for about 11 years.
However, in 2013 I experienced the loss of my mother and that was the beginning of a series of difficult and abrupt changes in my life that shocked me so much that I started painting compulsively. From then on a strong link was born between painting and me and I never stopped since then. But I realized that I needed to study the painting technique in order to better express everything I felt so I started attending painting classes at the Workshop of Rodrigo Fló in Torres García Museum. He gave me a lot of tools that give you the freedom to paint. And then I went learning for a few months with Carlos Musso. After that, I started doing it on my own in my studio.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Eliana : I work in thematic series: the first one was about to split, the second one was about creatures and nowadays is about nature within and I represent all those subjects in an abstract but also an expressionist way.
I choose acrylic because it gives me the freedom to work and that’s the basis for each painting, and then I can add ink, spray paint, thread, vinyl glue, paper, gauze, fabric, tulle, photographic transferring, oxides, oil, depending on what the painting needs and also on what I want to express. And I can paint on canvas or wood.
Besides, I use several tools like spatula, brushes, fountain pen, sponge and many other things including my fingers sometimes.
What is the message you are trying to give with your art?
Eliana : My paintings talk about the impact of the internal and external circumstances of the human being, for better or worse, the visceral of his nature, his inside creatures and his struggle to dominate them. I think it’s always about how fragile and strong we can be at the same time, in some way.
Could you walk us through your process? How much planning do you do before you jump into a painting? If you do, what are you trying to solve at each stage of it?
Eliana : First of all I wait for the sun to set. Before I paint it’s absolutely necessary to play the music that connects me to my inner emotions. I choose it depending on my mood. Generally, I live my life accompanied by music so I couldn’t paint without it. It’s just part of me.
My painting is very spontaneous. Most of the time
I work directly on the painting and I let my feelings flow in an intuitive but also visceral way. I paint standing and I put all my body and energy in it. Then I reach a point where I have to think about the composition of the painting but I try not to be so rational because the artwork could lose spontaneity and sincerity.
Sometimes I know for certain which is the subject I need to express and there have been a few times that I also know how I want to express that subject. And even then I start developing the idea in the canvas directly because I’m too anxious to make sketches. But I don’t let the exact idea I had in mind limit my work. When I develop it I try to be flexible about the new ideas that come into my mind as well as the accidents that may happen during the process of painting. I allow myself to be completely free even when I had a previous idea.
How has your abstract work influenced your non-abstract work and vice versa?
Eliana : I always start painting an abstract work but sometimes a creature or an animal or a tree arise from the lines or from the colors. So I’m painting and I just see the shape and I let it be, I emphasize it. So let’s say the abstract work has influenced the figurative artworks and not vice versa.
What are you currently working on?
Eliana : Nowadays I’m working on the inner emotions lived with nature from within: the electricity of the storm, the loneliness of the drought, the middle of the climbing plant, the lightness of the butterfly, the fragility of the branches or the resistance of the tree. The visceral of our nature and our struggle to dominate it.
How has your art evolved over the years?
Eliana : I always worked with mixed media. I started painting small human figures in an abstract way. I worked a lot with a mixture of collage and acrylic on wood fiber and I left a lot of white background in each painting. There was a neutral thing about them. At that time, I lived near a place that sold spray paint for graffiti and I entered by chance. Besides, I like Basquiat a lot and I like the aesthetics of graffiti, so I began to incorporate metallic and bright colors but just for the right spots of the painting. This occurred to me during the transition from the human figure to the creatures and they began to grow until they covered the entire size of the painting. In some way, the creatures were more playful and they were like comic characters. But the essence is always the human being and the things that happen to him.
Then I started working in a bigger size of wood fiber and later I began painting on canvas. Today I hardly ever paint on wood fiber. During that process, until now I continued adding and experimenting with more mediums and tools, including the non-traditional ones.
Regarding the style, at first the painting was shocking and now is more soft and fluent not only because of the colors but also because I use the fountain pen and ink. This has a direct relation to the different stages of my life because my artwork is self-referential.
What artists influenced you the most and why?
Some musicians and cinema directors have a direct influence on my artwork. A lot of paintings were made by listening to Nick Cave’s songs and even two of them are about the subject of his songs. I also listen to Max Richter and Johann Sebastian Bach when I paint.
David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch’s movies are also influential to me. Two of my paintings are about a phrase on one of Jim Jarmusch’s movies.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Eliana : The most memorable and recent comment I had was: “I was especially touched by your painting, it made my hair stand on end”. I remember feeling very glad about that but also a bit frightened about reaching so much the emotions of another person. Nothing is more comforting for an artist than being able to reach the feelings of the others.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Eliana : I think that social networks, particularly Instagram, is the better way for people to know my artworks around the world. Thanks to Instagram many art curators approach to me asking for publishing my artworks in art magazines as well as galleries also ask me if I’m interested in selling or exhibiting my artworks. Many people also communicate with me by email or Instagram messages.
I think that art exhibitions are also very important for people to know my artwork. And of course, my webpage.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about (or canceled due to the Covid-19 situation)?
Eliana : I was going to exhibit my artworks from the 1st. to 5th. April in Artifact Gallery, New York but it was rescheduled for 27th. to 31st. July 2022 because of the Covid-19 situation. I’m not planning any other exhibition during this year for the same reason.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Eliana : I think there’s a philosophical sense throughout my painting subjects. They talk about human emotions and circumstances that are common to all of us. I hope people find themselves reflected and feel identified with my paintings and I hope they can think about their subjects as well. I think is good for ourselves to look inside us, to recognize our feelings and to know ourselves better.
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