An exhibition, curated by Charlotte Dutoit and produced by JUSTKIDS. They present this 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.
About Ana Maria
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.
JUSTKIDS pop-up gallery,
201 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan.Puerto Rico
Open to the public from December 16th to 30th – Monday to Sunday 11a.m. to 6p.m everyday