My name is Gloria Velando Mango and live in Zaandam, the Netherlands. I was born and raised in Zaandam. I am 42 years old. My mother is Dutch and my father comes from Uruguay. I live with my husband and my two children in Zaandam.
I work parttime for an insurance company and in my spare time, I try to paint.
I started to paint in 2019. It actually happened when I visited a lady who read hand palms. She Told me That I was a very Creative person and Said that I have/need to try a Creative hobby. And I try to paint ever since.
At first, I was very insecure about this because my style is quite abstract and I thought that people around me would criticize my works. First, the people around me found it odd and Some people still Do but in my later works I received some compliments and it felt good.
I am still learning today.
I started to work with acrylic paint on paper and later Some canvas. Because of space, I decided to work with multimedia paper. That is because it’s more convenient to work with. Paper is a nice material to work with and acrylic paint is also Nice to work with, it dries up fast and Colours come out Nice. Later I start making Bigger works. At the moment my works are A2 size on multimedia paper.
For now, the works I have Made was always in my spare time. I hope That I can do more creative work in the future.
The work is giving me a lot of energy. I never knew That I would enjoy this so much. I am always feeling excited when I am busy or when I did all my chores to get busy. I have so many ideas and so little time.
You have an interesting story on how you started painting. Tell us a bit more about that. And what did you want to become as a child?
Gloria: I was very happy, adventures, and a stubborn girl. I was never interested in art in particular. I like to draw during my school classes but never seriously. I did was needed at school as an average person does. I was a person that likes to travel, watch movies and have some fun with friends.I started to work in tourism. I was never determined on what I really wanted as a profession. I never went to an art school or do any classes in particular. I traveled a lot in my younger years.
My personality is quiet outgoing I have my ups and downs. During my life, I have noticed that I sometimes feel very insecure and to the extreme feelings that really put me down. And when I got mad I really get mad and when i am happy I show that in my expressions so in my life, I had to find a way to give my feelings a place and try to get over it. It is very difficult sometimes because today I can feel very bad and the next day everything is fine. Sometimes I think I am a hypersensitive person. The way that I am working with art gives me satisfaction in who I am.
What is the most challenging part of working with acrylics? And what is the best part about working with acrylics?
Gloria: Well I work with acrylics and also heard that it’s better for your health than oil paint. But i find it a very nice material to work with. I think I am still discovering stuff to improve my style by trying. I have no borders because I like to do what I want to express
Work me (Work with the face silhouette and the black background) I had an old picture of mine when I did my first commercial as a model for a day cream and this picture I made my own thing through the work as a great result.
Two faces were a message full of love, two people have to make it happen and that’s why there is a distance between them.
I love American natives to paint, the pink one has no face but looks quite powerful and strong. The other American native is a sad one. Thinking of losing his country, relatives no recognition no hope for the future.
And in my other works like the Coronavirus works are things that happen in our lives.
What is the message you are trying to give with your art?
Gloria: My message in art is to be yourself no matter what. I feel free and liberated and why I don’t know. I do get the feeling to drink more wine and smoke some cigarettes because I feel a lot of adrenaline in my body during an idea or in the process of making it. Haha I know that is not good but I feel very excited. I like the reactions through my social media these people don’t know me and will not judge you for who you are and what you want to express. They just give you a compliment with no strings attached and give you the like because they want to.
What does a typical day look like for you? Do you have a specific routine or process? How much planning do you do before you jump into creating an artwork?
Gloria: When I have no duties then I am starting to draw my idea and later on I going to paint. I work in my Livingroom. My drawings are A2 size on multimedia paper so I work on my table and do the cooking in between haha. I have a lot of ideas, sometimes I don’t and then I just make something. I think in colors and forms. Sometimes I have a theme like a Coronavirus or all lives matter! It works spontaneously. Some work I do in a day and some longer.
Your art is very interesting, and I’m glad that the lady read your hand palm. Is there a message you are trying to give with your art?
Gloria: When I became 41 years old I gave myself a present and that was hand palm reading by an experienced lady. She said that I was very creative so that is when I start to paint. The message contains “Believe in yourself” Everyone can paint and it set you free and not only in expression but also in your mind.
What are you currently working on?
Gloria: I am currently not working on specifics but I try to paint one or two pieces per week and have little time to do more. Hoping in the nearby future will change this🙏🙏 I started to sell my works through my webshop www.artbyvelandomango.myshopify.com.This also takes time to set it up.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Gloria: Memorable responses is all the positive reactions from strangers through social media. Some of my family relatives and friends like my works.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Gloria: For now there are no exhibitions going on maybe next year.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Gloria: I would like to develop myself further in my artwork. I am already very grateful that I found something that gives me joy and pleasure. I am working on my webshop and since I have made more than 200 pieces I am trying to sell my works through the shop. I hope one day to fully style a nice hotel or something, having a nice project to work on.