Artist Statement

For me art is an expression of my past: of being taken from country to country as a child, being bicultural and bilingual, and adjusting to different environments.  But it is also an expression of the present as I now live between Peru and the States. I convey this experience through paintings, installation boxes and assemblages.  Although the message is often serious, I want the work to be playful.

My painting style is expressive, and my subjects are figures and silhouettes, and occasionally landscapes.  In the figure paintings there are often three travelers moving through space or a contemplative individual. These works are in acrylic paint or collage and acrylic combined.  Recently my painting has begun with a dynamic use of brushstrokes.  Color harmony is an important element, as is composition.

Assemblages are made mostly from found objects and hardware such as locks and hinges.  I enjoy putting these things together and the juxtaposition of the rough and smooth textures.

My work is strongly influencedby fiction, newspapers, poetry or the art of others.  So many of today's issues, immigration and the role of women in both societies are strong influences on many of my pieces.

The challenge of being creative is putting things together in a different way.

—Rosa Vera