Ana Maria Velasco’s latest body of work includes large landscape paintings and small works on paper made in relation to La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia. These paintings touch on the surface of histories revealed and imagined through recurring engagement with the site and the people that inhabit it. She is interested in creating an intimate relationship with this place, establishing a different kind of time that can only exist in paintings. Characters personifying different roles, elements, and situations appear on the borderlines of territorial spaces. It is a reflection on the interconnectivity between society, politics, and nature. With rivers that carve the landscape, snow peaks and waterfalls, the coca leaf is the protagonist. At once a sacred plant for the indigenous communities of Colombia and weapon of the proto-colonial present; Velasco cuts to the intrinsic violent contradictions that are present in our 21st-century society, not only in Colombia but as a metaphor for the world at large. At the same time, Velasco develops situations in which people can sense new ways to understand our interdependence--a mutual and equal dependence defined by respect, tolerance and understanding. 

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Ana lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, she moved between Nicaragua (her mother’s homeland) while it was undergoing the throes of dictatorship and revolution; Colombia while it was ravaged by narco-terrorism and Cambridge, MA where she was exposed to a diverse community. These inspiring and turbulent environments heightened Ana Maria’s sense of awareness and social conscience and solidified her motivation to use art as a way to spark reflection and conversation. 

She attended El Instituto Departmental de Bellas Artes and Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia. She earned an MFA from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University in Massachusetts. Her exhibitions include solo shows Interdependencia at The Colombian Consulate, NY, NY (2017) and Ficciones Retinianas at The Museum of Modern Art La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia (2001); Selected group exhibitions  include Rios Intermitentes The Havana Art Biennale, Matanzas, Cuba (2019); Oh Gallery Damyang, Korea (2019); Oh Gallery Seoul, Korea (2019); Kate Oh Gallery, NY, NY  (2018); The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY (2017, 2018); Tibet House US, NY, NY (2017, 2018); GOS @ 104 Green Street, Brooklyn, NY (2017); New Voices Active Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2014); Iona College, NY (2013); La Casa de Arte Contemporáneo, Cali, Colombia (2012); GASP Gallery, Boston, MA (2007, 2008); Bluetenwiss, Berlin (2006, 2007); Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia (2002); Garcon Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2000); Psychoanalytic Institute and Society, Boston, MA (2000); y The Gallery @ Green Street, Boston (2000). 

Her works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art La Tertulia in Colombia, Bank of America, Boston and The Colombian Consulate in New York.  .


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