Color Latino, an exhibit by Colombian artist Monica Chavarria, will open Nov. 1 at the Teaneck Public Library, the library announced.
A reception with the artist will be held Nov. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Teaneck Library, at 840 Teaneck Road.
Full details from the library’s press release are below:
Monica Amparo Chavarria Piedrahita was born in Medellin-Antioquia. She is graduated from Antioquia University with a Masters Degree in Management and Cultural Promotion; a Bachelor in Art Education and Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, Antioquia University (Medellin-Colombia).
She has developed cultural and artistic projects for the community in her hometown of Medellin and in Hackensack. The events included music, photography, design, theater, dance, art history and arts exhibitions. Monica’s artistic sensibility goes beyond her professional experience; she is committed to education, research and public awareness to the importance of the arts in all aspects of human life.
ARTISTIC STYLE : The color in her work is well known; she shows a love for life and nature that comes from Colombia’s rich cultural. She is a figurative artist, but with great expressionist-surrealist influence.
In this exhibition some of her paintings show a festival of trees in which human feelings are reflected through their branches that touch and caress each other. The imagination and the philosophy of love are reflected in the faces and bodies, creating a fantasy space, dramatic, spiritual dance of love between soul mates. “Soul Mate Trees” are represented through how essential it is to love each other.
Also you will see others paintings where the artist has developed themes that express the presence of Colombia’s indigenous culture. Masks, flowers, popular houses, and landscapes from the artist’s imagination and childhood fill her canvases.
Her paintings represent a carnival of color, which invites the public to see beyond and reflect on something we should never forget, “Latin Color,” “Color Latino.”
She has participated for over 20 years in several exhibitions and cultural events and she has been awarded for her artistic contribution to the community. Solos and group exhibitions, especially in Colombia and New Jersey, USA. Also, she created the mural titled "When nature is in love”, located in 31 McBride Ave. Paterson, NJ. June 2011.
Monica was recognized as one of the best painters at Highland Park’s art show of September 28th, and received another award at the “Art in the Park” from the County Bergen Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs on October 12th 2013.
“Art feeds the spirit and creative thinking and allows us to construct a better life”