Ana Cabrera Grohs
About Ana Cabrera Grohs
BIOGRAPHY I was born in Argentina in 1951 and performed my first paintings in 1994, painting with a figurative style that reflected human shape, until I was requested to perform an abstract painting, which produced a change, an inner revolution in me, and dealing with said challenge I started considering the painting work with a different vision because I was able to strip myself off the concrete object and started to express my feelings in a deeper and more liberated manner, today the great majority of my artworks reflect said abstraction style. I paint what I feel and think, and not what I can strictly see My artwork can be defined as contemporary art and it involves from figurative to abstract paintings. By means of my artwork, I wish to achieve an increased inner peace and creativity throughout time. In general, I use canvas to perform them, although some of them have been painted on paper or wood and protected with varnished. In order to reach varied color shades and textures I use acrylic painting and a mixed technique. Subjects that inspire me arise from my desire to paint nature, taking from Argentine landscapes its mountains, sea sides, beaches, flowers and subjects that speak about the inner life and about the celebration of love.
What do my paintings represent?
My abstract paintings represent my world and my personal circumstances, internal life experiences, life situations I have to face, moments that I wish to capture in the memory, thoughts that I want to transmit to other people. All the above reflected by means of my painting techniques in colors that express my emotions and state of soul.
Subjects approached in my artworks
Subjects arise from everything that touches me. A color that makes my sensitivity vibrate, enchanted landscapes, suns and moons, a flower, a gesture, a smile, joy and pain.
I started from figurative painting and at present I am fully satisfied with abstraction, where I feel I can express myself with more freedom.
Why do I paint?
I perform works of art because through them, I am able to express the passion and the desire that conveyed onto the canvas allow me to establish a deep connection with my feelings and the sensation of being able to catch- in an instant - something that will for ever remain captured on the canvas through a color, a shape or a stain.
What subjects do I choose?
Subjects just come to me, either from the exterior or interior reality, as a starting point for creation. All this, considered from my spirituality, in my way, with the vision and emotion of my feelings and thoughts.
As an abstract artist, the art practice is a healing process for me, since I find by means of the painting techniques the possibility of creating and recreating -in a tireless manner -those circumstances influencing my sensitivity giving way to new things, images, colors, landscapes. My art philosophy is a challenge, in which I dare to discover what there is inside me, to subsequently offer it to the others with love.
I wish to communicate a message that touches people, a message that affects them, a message that takes them away from routine and worries, so that they are able to enjoy a pleasant moment, and get connected with their inner beings, and make them feel that the beauty present in art is accessible to all art lovers no matter if they are professional painters or beginners. My wish is that people take a moment and find in their interior what the art work is telling them. And if in addition to the above the artwork arises any feeling in the audience, if it opens a path to imagination or introduces the audience into the art world - that makes me happy.
I try to convey an optimistic message through my art and reflect the love for life and nature that I feel.
I have performed theoretical and practical studies on acrylic abstract painting with Master Jrme Tisserand at the Moulin de Perrot Institute in France. I started studying at Master Lus Debairosmoura's studio, and then continued my studies with Master Carlos Caas at the Decorative Arts Museum.
SELECTED ARTWORKS :
Colleccion Ana cabrera Castillo dOro Wine label design: (Joint proyect by Ana Cabrera Grohs (art) & Norbert Lambriex (design) for Voss & Partner Wijnkopers). The artworks "Cave" and "Imagination" have been chosen by Lila Design Associates B.V. Branding & Designing Aviation for the design of the "Colleccion Ana Cabrera", "Castillo d'Oro" wine labels carried out by the winery Vos & Partners Wijnkopers B.V from The Netherlands. liladesign.eu/portfolio/portfolio/wines.html Cover design for the book Handbook of Feminist Family Studies: Candice Harman (design), Ana Cabrera Grohs (art). The international publisher Sage Publications, Inc. with offices in California-USA, London-UK, New Delhi-India and Singapore, has selected the image of the artwork "The Window" to be used as the cover for its book "Handbook of Feminist Family Studies", 7x10", Hardcover, 408 pages. Editors: Sally A. Lloyd, Miami University, Ohio - April Few, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Katherine R. Allen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Cover Design: Candice Harman, Senior Graphic Designer. Paris-France-The Publishing Company Encyclopaedia Universalis has selected the image of the artwork called Initiation to be included in its scientific year book, "La Science au prsent", 17x24 cm, hardcover, 320 pages. Cover design for the book 27 poemas al Amor : The artwork "Follow your Dreams was selected for the cover of the book 27 Poemas al Amor [27 Love Poems] by Irma Amalia Molina Bernal, poet, professor and researcher at Sergio Arboleda University. Launched at Bogot Colombias Book Fair. 12 x 17 cm, hardcover, 68 pages.
Honour Mention, Vienna-Austria; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Art Award 2008 ACT Center of Contemporary Art. EXHIBITIONS
California - USA: Jan 10th to February 2nd 2008, Exhibition at Lamoa Museum.
Arizona-USA, March 2008, Interviewed performed by art critic David Phillips, published in the Fine Art Registry.
Buenos Aires-Argentina, Jakim Gallery Exhibition, 26 February - 06 March 2008.
Barcelona -Spain: March 3rd -30th 2008, Exhibition at Barcelonas Asociacion Internacional de Arte y Cultura Contempornea, First International Small Size AIBACC Contest.
Miami-USA, March 14th - April 5th, 2008, Women in the Art Exhibition 2008 organized by the Museum of the Americas.
Cordoba-Espaa, March 2008: Publication of the artwork Moon in Love II [Luna Enamorada II] in the exhibition section of ConectArte magazine.
Phoenix-USA, March 2008, recognition as the artist of the month by the Fine Art Registry FAR.
Buenos Aires Argentina, March 2008. Participation in the book "Sailing from Buenos Aires to the Middle East" in order to be incorporated in the 23rd Journey of the Fragata Libertad Training Vessel that is going to be tied up in 17 countries from Africa, Asia, Oceania and America.
Buenos Aires-Argentina, March 17th April 4th, Arte Libertad 2008 Exhibition at the Stock Exchange Premises
Buenos Aires-Argentina, Braque Gallery Autumn Contest.
Buenos Aires-Argentina, Braque Gallery Winter Contest.
Artwork: Feeling in permanent exhibition at Fine Art Registry Museum located in Phoenix, USA.
Smata Art Contest, "In the South" has been selected as finalist artwork.
December 2007, Collective Exhibition FAR Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Buenos Aires Commodity Exchange, Freedom Art 2007 Fragata Libertad. Argentinean Northwest / Noroeste Argentino, Winner of the Contest for the selection of an artwork for an Itinerant Exhibition around the world.
Exhibitions in the following 23 cities:
1-Buenos Aires-Argentina, 07 - 08 April 2007
2-Salvador Baha- Brazil, 18 - 22 April 2007
3-La Guaira-Venezuela, 06- 09 May 2007
4-San Juan-Puerto Rico, 12 - 16 May 2007
5-Baltimore-USA, 23 - 28 May 2007
6-Halifax-Canada, 31 May - 03 June 2007
7-Galway-Ireland, 16 - 26 June 2007
8-Amsterdam-Holland, 30 June - 04 July 2007
9-Cadiz-Spain, 11 - 16 July 2007
10-Toulon-France, 20 24 July 2007
11-Genova-Italy, 28 de July - 04 de August- 2007
12-Boulogne-France, 16 - 21 August- 2007
13-Oslo-Norway, 24 - 29 August- 2007
14-Copenhague-Denmark, 31 August- - 04 September 2007
15-Amberes-Belgium, 08 - 12 September 2007
16-Boston-USA, 29 September - 03 October 2007
17-Norfolk-USA, 06 - 10 October 2007
18-Cartagena-Colombia, 19 - 22 October 2007
19-El Callao-Peru, 01 - 04 November 2007
20-Valparaiso-Chile, 12 - 16 November 2007
21-Ushuaia-Argentina, 24 - 27 November 2007
22-Montevideo-Uruguay, 04 - 06 December 2007
23-La Plata-Argentina, 06 - 08 December 2007
Future Shows: EXHIBITIONS:
Carrousel du Louvre, Paris-Francia, Art Shopping Contemporary Art Sales Exhibition, October 23th-25 2009.
Florencia-Italia, Fyr Galleria Exhibition, September 4th-30th 2009.
Barcelona-Spain, Crisolart Galleries, Barcelona Award Exhibition, December 23th-January 14th 2009.
New Mexico-USA, July 21st - 26th 2009 participation with six artworks in the CD distributed in the occasion of the Art Santa Fe 2009, International Art Tradeshow.
Malmo-Sweden, June 6th-27th, Svenska Konsgalleriet Gallery, exhibition.
Artexpo New York 2009-USA, New York Convention Center, Exhibition, 26 February - 2 March 2009.