Acrylic on canvas
Karina Matheus is Venezuelan-American, London based artist and writer. She has exhibited in special shows in the context 57th, 58th and 59th Venice Biennale (Italy) and Luciano Benetton Collection. Her paintings have been exhibited in International Art Fairs such as Scope NYC, Parallax AF London, Pinta Miami, Art Boca Raton, Art Concept Miami Art Week, Art Palm Beach International, Red Dot Art Fair, among others. She has exhibited in galleries and curatorial spaces in London, Bristol, New York, Madrid, Panamá, Costa Rica, Caracas, Miami, and Wynwood, renowned Art District in South Florida. She attended the Cristobal Rojas School of Arts and School of Arts of Central University of Venezuela. She studied music, photography, literature and dance, disciplines that developed even more her artistic vision. She also earned a BA in Mass Communications with a Film and Video Production Specialization from Andres Bello Catholic University and a Marketing Specialization from Metropolitan University, both in her hometown. As a writer, her stories have been published in compilations with Spanish editorials in United States and digital literature magazines. She studied a Master in Creative Writing with Escuela de Escritores de Madrid, Spain. ARTIST’S STATEMENT "Abstractionism has allowed me to explore alternate worlds with very personal meanings. As an artist, creating gestural dimensions with color not only gives me the breath of life but allows me to investigate the concept of the soul and its connection with the physical nature of being a human. I start from the affirmation about the existence of the soul, which is why my search focuses on understanding it and exploring the apparent disassociations with the flesh and emotionality. Even when I am far from a rational process, I am the subject and at the same time the object of study because I seek to decode my own soul through those worlds that compose it and that start from images, feelings and movements that are materialized with brush strokes and textures. With this process, I intend to detach myself from the figurative shapes that makes us succumb to distraction and takes us away from the essence. I encourage viewers of my paintings and installations to discover themselves and explore communication between the subconscious and consciousness, between the inner world of souls and the outer world of human beings."