Interview: Nhora Ortiz
Luca Curci talks with Nhora Ortiz during Venice International Art Fair 2020 at The ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Nhora Ortiz was born in Buga-Valle, Colombia, on July 25, 1968. When she was 9 years old, she moved with her family to Bolívar City, Venezuela. Here she studied the Elementary School at “La Periférica” School and at the “Doctor Columbo Silva Bolivar” School. In 1987, she attended “Dalla Costa” High School. On April 23, 1994, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from José María Vargas University in Caracas. Also, she graduated from Sancho Studies Institute with a Graphic Design Specialization. In March 2002, she has created “The Ornament Project” based on hieroglyphs and petroglyphs with indigenous legends over the road axis of the City of Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas State, Venezuela. She wanted to enhance the aboriginal history, to incite people to be part of that ancient world and renew the cultural heritage of the Amazonas State, in particular, Puerto Ayacucho City. It was one of the most memorable exhibitions she has done. She has exhibited her art “Touches of Freedom” in Miami: at the Emporium Gallery, at the Unique Gallery International Mall and at the Consulate General of Colombia in Miami. Also, her art was exposed at the San Miguel Art Gallery in La Paz, Bolivia. She was invited to participate in the projects: “A Tear for a Touch of Color” at Lincoln Marti Schools and Day Care and “Touches for the Heart” at the Jackson Health System Hospital; a way to help children through painting as a therapy. She also was part of an academic project made by a postgraduate student from the Millennia Atlantic University. Her mission is to nourish the viewers with her art, it is not related to please a form of a narcissistic desire, it is even more altruist her yearning. Through her artistic executory, she reaches to shake the fiber of the most skeptical audience and make them believe in the human complexity enclosed in forms and colors. Finally, the feeling of being possessed for the sublime act of embracing colorful touches and take the travel ticket to places full of emotions.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Nhora Ortiz – For me, art is an expression that any soul can express and it allows everybody to transmit a thought, a feeling, or something beyond that would make a person feel a beautiful feeling.
LC – What’s your background?
NO – My childhood was filled with good moments and others that were not, but thanks to all the bad moments in my life, I was capable of learning, and I always try to use them as fuel to make my art beautiful and enjoyable.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
NO – Throughout my work, I have been able to know people who have been in difficult moments during their lives and have been capable of inspiring them through my art. I feel that my mission every time I paint is to inspire somebody so that they know that there is more out there and that they can accomplish everything they have in mind.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
NO – The most challenging part of creating my artwork is not able to translate what I feel. Every time I sit down, and I am ready to paint, I have the dilemma of what I want to transmit in the piece of art, but once I am inspired, and I know what I want to express, I can create a story in the painting.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
NO – I have an open mind and I am always up for everything that can improve my work, but my work style has been the same, but it has been refined over the years. I paint with my fingers because I have the facility of portraying the liberty of my soul in my paintings.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
NO – From abstract art, the colorist, impressionist, mixing acrylic, oil, and watercolor. I have always been a big fan of art themes because of the creation that can take you to a different world. All these art themes have helped me better my work.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
NO – The message that I am pursuing is that everybody can make a piece of art from different materials where the colors mix and create a story that would inspire everyone. My artwork is a different painting that brings colors together where people can have mixed emotions because of its originality.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
NO – I am so happy that I participated in this festival because I enjoy art and love people when they enjoy art. I loved everything about this festival, and I encourage everyone to keep doing a great job.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
NO – The organization of this event has been impeccable with a group of professional people who have helped artists, such as me, show their work.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
NO – I would suggest a collaboration with all of you. The experience that I have been able to undergo was unforgettable. Your services were professional and ethical.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
NO – It is a great art gallery, that day by day it allows everybody to enjoy art. It does not matter the language you speak or where you are from, and you people always do the best.