International Art events producer JUSTKIDS continue their mission to bring high quality Contemporary Art to the world and chose Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital San Juan to produce the highly anticipated solo exhibition of Puerto Rican and US based visual artist Ana Maria.
The renowned artist has been traveling and painting all over the world these last 4 years. England, Mexico, Hawaii, Ukraine, Sweden, Italy and the US to name a few, have witnessed and cherished her talent. She comes back to her native island with a brand new body of work entitled “Amorfo”.
With her usual cynicism and sincerity the artist explores the delicate subject of love and it’s devastating complications through a collection of stories and romances performed by her iconoclastic subjects, both innocent and obscure, hopeful and disturbing. Amorfo is quite possibly the representation of our own monstrous humanity and lurking animality that is always creeping within our dark desires and fantasies, that Ana Maria, like a master in her craft, presents while revealing herself within her work.
The exhibition, curated by Charlotte Dutoit and produced by JUSTKIDS, is on view from December 15th through December 30th. The opening reception with the artist in attendance will be held on Thursday December 15th at 7pm at the JUSTKIDS pop-up gallery, 201 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan.
Open to the public from December 16th to 30th – Monday to Sunday 11a.m. Preview list available at firstname.lastname@example.org
In “Amorfo” (Spanish for Amorphous), Ana explores themes of love as a body and soul disfiguring agent, a peak moment that reconfigures our “before” and exposes us to an “after”. Amorfo becomes a collection of stories and romances where each of the characters conjured by the artist physically emotes the effect of a weight, a passion, a loss, a delight or a confusion, and a firm stance towards the future. Understanding love as a universally-recognized fact yet profoundly individual experience, Ana presents us with a world populated by multiplicities and, because of that, exposed to different artistic mediums where a thematic line is enhanced and overcomes the experience. The body, that vehicle of life, mutates, changes and is transformed once the mysteries of love and all of its vicissitudes capture it. This glorified torment doesn’t just leave its mark on the body, it passes through it, and what is history if not precisely that which leaves a mark? Even so, incomplete and counterfeit, we keep on loving in a brutal progression of change until we cease to be. “Amor/fo” can be read as a play on words that exposes a lingering critique of the devastating effects of love, which leaves us incomplete and undefined. All the while, paying tribute to that formlessness.
Hailing from Puerto Rico and currently living in Arkansas, Ana Maria Ortiz (Ana Marietta) started painting on old wood pieces with tempera paint as a little girl in her dad’s wood shop in Barranquitas. Getting into the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, she studied art and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Known by the local art scene for her humanoid creatures, Ana paints and draws animals with exaggerated anthropomorphic features, creating sympathy for her iconoclastic subjects in a society of stereotypes with sensibility and dark humor. These noble beasts, that seem to look at us in silence, represent more than a design but a language that each must adapt to their own understanding. Ana’s skills to create large scale murals have been recognized in multiple cities for the subtle brush strokes and shading of hybrid creatures that bear her signature beaks and human-like eyes. Her street pieces reside around the world in London, Miami, Turin, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Kiev among many others. She has been exhibited in Mexico, London and at the prestigious Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston. She has also participated in many renowned Art events such as Life is Beautiful Las Vegas, Pow Wow Hawaii, Unexpected in Arkansas, Wynwood Miami, Artscape in Sweden, SXSW in Austin, etc.