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Painting: Oil on Canvas.
"Athena is exploring the true faces of South America and how ingenious culture and global diversity has influenced present day people.
Through interviews and portraits of many nationalities, along her journey, Athena culminates her own captivating visual interpretation, uniting contemporary people with their native indigenous history. Expect contemporary faces in traditional realism contrasted with bursting modern colours of native print using thick impasto paint and weave. Enter a world where the past meets the present, and we see how South American history has been sewn."
Jennifer Andrea Rodríguez Henao
Father: From farmers in Northern Columbia with Spanish Roots
Born and raised in Bogota, Columbia
“I know from some uncles of my mother that they had some indigenous background.
Here in Bogotá "Los muiscas" was our native tribe. Some people say that I have the classic characteristics of their skin, also my nose, my dark hair and dark eyes makes me really similar to the pictures in the museums ;)
But somehow I feel a little bit the history behind me of the Spanish and the roots of the indigenous and from that mix somewhere, tons of years later my generation is there.
My father has blue eyes and dark skin my mom has brown eyes and white skin.
I'm just a Mestiza (A mix)"
“Muiscas means " mucha gente " a lot of people . They were people of sharing and really calm.
In Bogotá we have the advantage of being surrounded by mountains. For them those mountains were sacred. To me the most relaxing place I can go is the mountains...I also love to share with others, so I guess their culture is subconscious in me."
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection
Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in London