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Sol Villanueva

Sol Villanueva

Argentina

A la Playa (To the Beach) by Sol Villanueva
A la Playa (To the Beach)

Acrilic on canvas
47 x 31.5 in (120 x 80 cm)
2022

$3200
Hotel Perla II, Cuba by Sol Villanueva
Hotel Perla II, Cuba

Oil on canvas
39 x 31.5 in (100 x 80cm)
2021

$3425
Inle Lake I by Sol Villanueva
Inle Lake I

Oil on canvas
39 x 31.5 in (100 x 80cm)
2021

$3425
Inle Lake II by Sol Villanueva
Inle Lake II

Oil on canvas
24 x 35.5 in (60 x 90cm)
2021

$3425

“I believe what is important in these works is to highlight both the cultural identity and the cross-cultural influence. The manifestations of folk art, such as Kogin embroidery (Japanese) or the traditional Mapuche loom (Argentine / Chilean), are collective creations that transmit their iconography as a representation of the community to which they belong. In the eagerness to represent a popular culture, this type of art always tends to anonymity, relegating the individual factors linked to the search for originality or personal recognition.

Since I can remember, I have been seeing and internalizing as my own, certain symbols of Mapuche iconography, such as the Andean Cross (stepped rhombus) essential for the worldview of this people. Despite not being part of the Mapuche community, when I see their symbols I feel a deep connection, a sense of belonging for the simple fact of being Argentine. This is how a few years ago I felt the call to learn the Mapuche loom, then I got into Japanese embroidery, and later on, I combined both artistic manifestations. Having soaked myself in these strikingly similar universes, I felt the creative urge to cross them. This is how I use the Japanese Kogin embroidery technique to create designs inspired by the Mapuche loom. Through the syncretism between both ethnic groups, I reinvent ancestral techniques. This is my humble tribute to all the anonymous artisans who build our universe culture”.

 

Sol Villanueva

EDUCATION

2022-2023 Master’s degree in Cultural Management, University of San Andres, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2019-2021 Tech. in Business Administration, orientation in PyMEs (Acronym in Spanish for Small and Medium Enterprise), University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013-2018 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Painting specialty, University of Argentine Social Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

COURSES, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

2021 Corpus delicti: theories and histories of corporeality in art, professor Georgina G. Gluzman, University of San Andres, Buenos Aires, Argentina

NFT Mastery, course in crypto art with the digital artist Richard Silvera, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2020 My own imagination: embroidery as a creative process, seminar with the artist and embroiderer Mariana Guagliano

Sashiko, Japanese embroidery workshop with Sofia Alba

2019 Reality effect, writing workshop with the Argentine journalist Leila Guerriero, Torcuato Di Tella University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aug 6 – 22

System and Art Market, with the professor Daniela de la Rez and Gachi Prieto, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jun 4-27

2016 Contemporary painting, ceramics and engraving workshop. Accademia di arte Firenze, Italy

Iron engraving.  Seminar with Pere-Pons. Atelier L’armadillo Florence, Italy

Four-month exchange, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain

2015 Painting on porcelain with the artist Susana Alonso

Mapuche loom: Aboriginal course, with Martina Maidana, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cutting and Dressmaking, Tania Steverlyn, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013 History of art, with Astrid Maulhardt, Adjunct Professor of the Chair of Art History and Contemporary Tourism Trends at the National University of San Martín

Modernity and Vanguard in Buenos Aires, Lic. Lia Munilla, Cultural Extension University of San Andres, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2010-2015 Painting, Sculpture and Drawing workshop, Lic. Susana Barlocco, Buenos Aires, Argentina

AWARDS

2019 First Place Artistic Creation in Painting, 27th Edition, University of Belgrano Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nov 2-15

Selected to participate in the Molina Campos Provincial Hall of Visual Arts, organized by the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts “Emilio Petorutti”, Senate of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nov 15-27

 

EXHIBITIONS

2022 Narratives in Latin American Art. Collective exhibition. ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale, FL. USA.  Oct 13- Dec 30

Linking Strands. Collective exhibition. Pompano Beach Cultural Center, FL, USA. Jan 14-Mar 30

2017 Solvilandia: Self-portraits. Solo exhibition. Teather El Vitral, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

 

ART FAIRS

2022 Aqua Art Miami, stand 119 Latin American Art Pavilion (LAAP), Miami Beach, FL, USA. Nov 30 – Dec 4

2021 Red Dot Miami, stand Agora Gallery, Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA. Dec 1-5 

BADA 2021, 9th edition of Buenos Aires Direct from Artist, La Rural, Fairground of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Oct 14-17.

2019 SUMA: arte + joyas, Berni Pavilion of the Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Oct 2-6

BADA 2019, 8th edition of Buenos Aires Direct from Artist, La Rural, Fairground of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aug 29 – Sep 1