Being born and raised in Venezuela had always had its challenges. Lovelia Vera (mom) was always attracted to art. She would stay up late at night after studying for university and putting my sisters to bed to study the old masters and practice different techniques. Her first paintings, which are still in Venezuela at grandmas house show ballerinas and abstract concepts.
Growing up I could see that art was an escape for her. No matter whether times were good or bad, at the end of a long day, many years after she no longer had to put any of us to sleep, she would spend long hours at night creating. Every morning we’d wake up to see something change on an easel or three.
Having lived a very international life, it is only now with the advent of social media where there is the ability to share her art and success with the world, no matter where she is. It’s been incredible to see her confidence in herself and her art grow, with her paintings hanging in homes across the globe. Now that Calgary is what we call home, seeing her gain some local recognition really brings everything full circle. We could not be prouder!
– Written by her daughter Andrea Medina Vera
Which ‘hood are you in?
I have been living in South West Calgary for the last 12 years, Our home backs into Griffith Woods Park. Every morning when I get up I see the beautiful view, hear the birds sing, and sometimes get a glimpse of wildlife like deer or owls on my walks by the Elbow.
What do you do?
I am a visual artist studied, though I have studied architectural drawing, photography, and sculpting, I paint most of the time. My favourite medium is oil because I feel the versatility when mixing them. I am versatile and paint different styles: abstract, cubism, hyperrealism, surrealism, and others.
I am also a part of the RBC Emerging Visual Artist Program, it is a unique learning experience with Professional Development and mentorship opportunities.
I am always looking to expand my knowledge and grow as an artist and as a person, I believe that success is in the enrichment of the practice. I am now studying and excited to venture into digital art and graphic design as a complement to my daily practice. I continue the search for ways to better express my art and put it out into the world. There is so much beauty and joy in the world to appreciate now that we are slowly emerging out of the pandemic.
What are you currently working on?
I have just finished a large format artwork that will be exhibited in the Arts Commons at The Window Galleries D16, July 17 until September 26, 2021.
I am part of a group of 6 artists who as a team are creating a public art sculpture in the City of Calgary, which will be installed this summer 2021, at the International Avenue in Unity Park, south side of 17 Avenue S.E between 30 Street S.E and 31 Street S.E.
I am also working on 3 other paintings, each at a different stage. One is an abstract, the second a portrait, and the third a cubist expression.
Where can we find your work?
Arts Commons, Window Galleries D16, 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 0K9.
July 17 – Sep 26, 2021