Ana Maria was born in Bogotá, Colombia. 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 at an early age to a diverse and intelectual 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 reflexion, conversation and change.
A representational painter whose paintings are characterized by their equal focus on both landscapes and figures, Ana is interested in melding art historical and personal references into painterly abstractions with distinctive compositions. Her landscapes are populated by drastically diverse situations united through line, color and form. By forming powerful and affecting snapshots of contemporary existence—such as intimate home settings, urban spaces and tropical scenes —Velasco’s works are both diaristic and universally relevant. Her narratives explore how line can transform a helicopter into a river, alchemize a quiet mountain top into a bullfight ring, or unify an intimate dinner with a spectacle at a loud soccer stadium. One element flows into another, effortlessly leaving behind a translucent trace of dreams and memories. The layered scenes often depict epic battlefields and sports arenas, yet the turmoil meets a paradoxical celebratory calm. Fiercely eclectic, her practice shares no central formula, and instead functions as part of a whole that provides insight into her personal history and political ethos. At times with humorous touch she captures the psychological tension of her subjects, revealing a glimpse into another realm, leading the viewers through fantastic tales that invite them to weave their own story into the images they see.
Ana received an MFA from School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University. She has participated in several group exhibitions including solo shows, Interdependencia at The Colombian Consulate in NYC and Ficciones Retinianas at the Museum of Modern Art La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia. Today, her works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art La Tertulia, Colombia, Bank of America, Boston and The Colombian Consulate in NYC among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC.