Portrait: Mauricio Gomez Amoretti, Miami, 2021

Ana Vanessa Urvina Was born in Caracas on August 15, 1982.

Education

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, School of the Arts, New York, USA – 2015

Advanced Intensive Painting Course: This course mentors a group of up to twelve students through individual and group critique, technical tutorials, exposure to the New York Gallery and museum worlds, and lectures and critiques by nationally known visiting artists.


UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA, School of Fine Arts, San José, Costa Rica – 2012

Theoretical and practical Diploma Course for the Creation of Artist’s Books


UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE VALENCIA, Spain, 2007 – 2008

Master of Fine Arts in Artistic Production, specialization in Visual Arts After winning an AlBan scholarship program sponsored by the European Union, intended for Latin American Graduates to study in Spain America Latina Becas de Alto Nivel, AlBan, for its initials in Spanish, European Union High Level Scholarships)


UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA, School of Fine Arts, Caracas, Venezuela – 2006

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Major in Visual Arts


Professional Experience

UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA, Caracas, Venezuela 2009 / 2015

The Central University of Venezuela (UCV for its initials in Spanish) was the first government university founded in Venezuela in 1721 under the name of “Royal University of Caracas.” Nowadays, it embraces 11 Faculties, 42 Schools, and 40 Research Institutes. In 2018 the UCV was ranked as the first best public and top university in Venezuela.


- PROFESSOR OF “LATIN AMERICAN AESTHETICS” IN THE SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS (2009 – 2015)

Updated and designed the syllabus and taught the core course “Latin American Aesthetics” (Ideas Estéticas Latinoamericanas) aimed at fifth-semester (out of ten semesters) students who want to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts. This core course provides a basis for the development of the concept of Aesthetics in Latin America drawing upon Literature, Plastic Arts, Architecture, History and Philosophy.


- PROFESSOR OF “FOUNDATIONS OF ART CRITICISM IN PLASTIC ARTS” (2011 – 2013)

Taught the course “Foundations of Art Criticism in Plastic Arts” (Principios Críticos de las Artes Plásticas) as part of a two-semester undergraduate diploma course in Art Criticism (of three courses per semester) aimed at people interested in the exercise of art criticism, journalists, undergraduate and graduate students of arts, literature, philosophy, social communication, history, anthropology, design, and other related programs.


UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA ANDRÉS BELLO, Caracas, Venezuela 2009 / 2011

The Catholic University Andrés Bello (UCAB for its initials in Spanish) is one of the largest private universities in Venezuela founded in Caracas in 1953. It has campuses in four states, including its main campus in Caracas. In 2018 the UCAB was ranked as the first best private university, and as the third top university in Venezuela.


- PROFESSOR IN THE SCHOOL OF LITERATURE, LINGUISTICS AND ARTS (ESCUELA DE LETRAS)

Designed the syllabus and taught an elective research seminar on “Painting and Literature in the Avant-garde of the 20th century” (Seminario de Investigación: Pintura y Literatura en las Vanguardias del siglo XX) aimed at undergraduate students who want to earn a Bachelor of Arts.


Publications

• Publication of the Catalogue “Fantastic Animal” (Animal Fantástico), Caracas, in 2014

• Publication of Master’s Thesis “ONE-TO-ONE CORRESPONDENCES OF ART AND LITERATURE: A PANORAMIC VIEW ACROSS THE 20TH CENTURY. DIALOGUES BETWEEN IMAGES AND WORDS” (Correspondencias Arte-Literatura: Una visión panorámica en el siglo XX. Diálogos entre imagen y palabra) by Editorial Académica Española, Spain, in 2012.

• Publication of the individual Catalogue “Home Portraits” (Retratos de Casa), Caracas, in 2011.


Conducted Workshops

“ARTIST’S BOOKS: CREATION PROCESS, LAYOUTS AND DESIGNS” was a theoretical and practical workshop for the creation of Artist’s Books held in “LUGAR COMÚN” BOOKSTORE, Caracas, Venezuela, in 2015.



Exhibitions


Solo Shows

2019 – “WALKING THROUGH THE GARDEN. METAPHORS OF THE TROPIC” (CAMINANDO A TRAVÉS DEL JARDÍN. METÁFORAS DEL TRÓPICO), CENTRO DE BELLAS ARTES ATENEO DE MARACAIBO, VENEZUELA.

2018 – SOLO SHOW “TROPICAL CALLIGRAPHY” (CALIGRAFÍAS VEGETALES), AND DISCUSSION ABOUT THE EXHIBITION, BOD CULTURAL CENTER, CARACAS.

2017 – SOLO INSTALLATION “TROPICAL PARADISE FOR CHRISTMAS” (EDÉN TROPICAL NAVIDEÑO), “LUGAR COMÚN” BOOKSTORE, CARACAS.


Collective Shows

2021 – PARTICIPATION IN THE VIRTUAL FINE ARTS FESTIVAL AT PINECREST GARDENS.

2021 – PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENT “WOMEN WHO LUNCH”, ORGANIZED BY KATYA TARANT AT THE LPM RESTAURANT & BAR, MIAMI.

2021 – SELECTED FOR THE SHORT LIST OF THE CONTEST “BRISAS DEL ESTE” ART IN PUBLIC SPACES WITH MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS.

2021 – PARTICIPATION IN THE “VENEZUELA ART FAIR” AT ONE SPACE GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY.

2020 – CONGRUENCE”. CURATED BY BRIDGETTE MAYER GALLERY AND I LIKE YOUR WORK PODCAST.

2020 – “COLOR”. CURATED BY CULTURAL DIGITAL PLATFORM PENSAPALOBS.

2019 – PARTICIPATION IN THE XIV NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF YOUNG ARTISTS, “MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF ZULIA STATE” (MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO DEL ZULIA), MARACAIBO, VENEZUELA.

2018 – PARTICIPATION IN THE “SKETCHBOOK PROJECT” WITH AN ARTIST’S BOOK, BROOKLYN ART LIBRARY, NEW YORK CITY.

2018 – PERMANENT EXHIBITION IN THE “PIXELES PROJECT”, GBG ARTS GALLERY, CARACAS.

2018 – PARTICIPATION IN THE COLLECTIVE SHOW OF “INTERVENTION IN SKETCHBOOKS”, LUGAR COMÚN BOOKSTORE, CARACAS.

2018 – SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EXHIBITION “WOMEN” (MUJERES) IN THE “CENTER OF FINE ARTS OF MARACAIBO” (CENTRO DE BELLAS ARTES DE MARACAIBO), VENEZUELA.

2017 – PARTICIPATION IN THE “SPRING ART” COLLECTIVE SHOW, ART NOU MIL.LENNI GALLERY, BARCELONA, SPAIN.

2017 – PARTICIPATION IN THE “ART BEIJING 2017” COLLECTIVE SHOW, ART NOU MIL.LENNI GALLERY, BEIJING, CHINA.

2017 – PARTICIPATION IN THE “ALL ART POLLINATION” COLLECTIVE SUMMER SHOW, AND IN THE “OCTOBER ALL ART” COLLECTIVE SHOW, VAN DER PLAS GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY.

2017 – PARTICIPATION IN THE EUROPEAN CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, ART NOU MIL.LENNI GALLERY, STRASBOURG, FRANCE.

2017 – SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE III EXHIBITION OF ARTIST’S BOOKS (III SALÓN DEL LIBRO DE ARTISTA) OF VILLA DE MÓSTOLES, MADRID.

2016 – PARTICIPATION IN A COLLECTIVE SHOW IN MARTA TORRES GALLERY, IBIZA, SPAIN.

2016 – PARTICIPATION IN THE COLLECTIVE SHOW AND SALE OF “ARTIST’S BOOKS AND CATALOGUES” (VENTA DE CATÁLOGOS Y LIBROS DE ARTISTA) AS PART OF THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF MENDOZA CULTURAL FOUNDATION CENTER (FUNDACIÓN CULTURAL SALA MENDOZA), METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY, CARACAS.

2015 – PARTICIPATION IN A COLLECTIVE SHOW TO BE PART OF THE ART PROJECT “WINDOWS OF EL HATILLO” (VENTANAS DEL HATILLO) IN EL HATILLO ART CENTER GALLERY (GALERÍA DEL CENTRO DE ARTE DEL HATILLO), EL HATILLO, CARACAS.

2015 – PARTICIPATION IN THE COLLECTIVE SHOW “IN THE OPEN SEA” (A MAR ABIERTO) IN EL HATILLO ART CENTER GALLERY.

2015 – PARTICIPATION IN A COLLECTIVE SHOW IN LEROY NEIMAN GALLERY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK.

2014 – PARTICIPATION IN THE COLLECTIVE SHOW “FOUND OBJECT” (ARTE ENCONTRADO) TOGETHER WITH JOSÉ DUQUE IN THE DON ANTONIO ENRIQUE ERASO SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CENTER, EL HATILLO, CARACAS.

2013 – PARTICIPATION IN THE COLLECTIVE SHOW “THE BOOK WORKSHOP” (EL TALLER DEL LIBRO) HELD IN THE RÓMULO GALLEGOS CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, CELARG (FOR ITS INITIALS IN SPANISH), ALTAMIRA, CARACAS.

2012 – “MOVEABLE NATURE” (NATURALEZA MÓVIL) HELD IN “COME A CASA” RESTAURANT, LOS PALOS GRANDES, CARACAS.

2011 – PARTICIPATION IN THE COLLECTIVE SHOW “QUAVERS AND EMOTIONS” (CORCHEAS Y EMOCIONES), HATILLARTE ART FESTIVAL.

2011 – PARTICIPATION IN THE COLLECTIVE SHOW “UNDULATIONS” (ONDULACIONES), GALLERY OF INNOVATIVE ART AND VENEZUELAN TREASURES, EL HATILLO, CARACAS.

2009-2011 – PARTICIPATION IN THE COLLECTIVE SHOW “ART GALLERIES AT NIGHT” (NOCHE DE GALERÍAS), HATILLARTE ART FESTIVAL.

2009 – AN HONOURABLE MENTION RECEIVED FOR THE PARTICIPATION IN THE COLLECTIVE SHOW “CARACAS THROUGH SPACE AND TIME” (CIUDAD, ESPACIO Y TIEMPO) AS PART OF THE VII EXHIBITION OF VISUAL ARTS WORK DYCVENSA HELD IN THE RÓMULO GALLEGOS CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, CELARG (FOR ITS INITIALS IN SPANISH), CARACAS.


References

- Kelly Martinez, escritora y crítico de arte, (+1) 321-5250222, e-mail: kelly.m.grandal@gmail.com

- Anaira Vásquez, Profesora del Departamento Estudios Estéticos de la Escuela de Artes, Universidad Central de Venezuela, (+33) 618047332, email: anairavazquez@gmail.com