LUZ CASTANEDA

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Photo by Heloisa Oliveira

ARTIST STATEMENT

Visual Artist

Ph.D. in Genetics and Evolution

Mother

Medium of a Spiritual Afro-Brazilian Tradition

Painter, self-taught artist, biologist, Ph.D. in Genetics, mother, and spiritual medium of an Afro-Brazilian tradition. My research and artwork are a combination of my artistic soul and scientific mind with my free spirit intertwining the two. The enchantment of nature, whether through science or through spiritual traditions based on nature, has been the source of inspiration for my creations. I am committed to my diversity, my moods, my feelings, and all of this show up in my creations!

I often use photography to capture the uniqueness of a moment, to keep my feelings and the mood alive!  The photograph is only the first step toward the final piece. Collaging, consisting of different materials, such as old money, paper, trash, natural objects, and/or fabrics, is often the next step.

Since I am committed to my freedom and the beauty to be myself, I use any medium and materials in my art. 

My personal philosophy is simple: Be your own master and tell your own story. Be the painter of your life!

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Life Experience

1992 PhD Genetics and Evolution - State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) - Brazil

1986 Graduate Biological Science - State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

art education

2015

Art Since 1970: Passages through time and Space, Prof Annie Dell’Aria (10,5 hours), The Art Student League of New York.

Collage and the City, Prof Erik Hibit (30 hours), The Cooper Union, New York, US

2014

History of Modern Art (80 hours) Prof Luciano Migliaccio, Campinas, Brazil.

The City Transformed: Part I (12 hours) Prof Barry Lews, The Cooper Union, New York, US

 Collage - Prof Erik Hibit (30 hours), The Cooper Union, New York, US

2013

Workshop São Luiz do Paraetinga to Paraty - 5 days - Final Portfolio - Prof. Isabela Senatore

Modern art I (80 hours)Prof. Vera Ferro - Campinas, Brazil

Modern art II  (80 hours) Prof. Vera Ferro - Campinas, Brazil

Curator of Contemporary Art in São Paulo (12 hours) Prof. Martin Grossman, Casa do Saber, São Paulo, Brazil

Art Curator (6 hours) Prof. Valéria Piccolo, Casa do Saber, São Paulo, Brazil

2012

Contemporary Art I (80 hours)Prof. Vera Ferro

Contemporary Art II (80 hours) Prof. Vera Ferro

Visions - basic photography - total 25 hours - Prof. Isabela Senatore - Campinas, SP, Brazil

Divine and Visions - portfolio review - total 25 hours Prof. Isabela Senatore

Collage (18 hours) Prof. Nino Cais, Tomie Otake Institute, São Paulo, Brazil.

Watercolor Workshop, Prof. Kristina Jurick, during the IV International Meeting of Watercolor Painters in Paraty, Brazil

 

2011

Contemporary Art III(80 hours) Prof. Vera Ferro - Campinas, Brazil

Guide tour to Art Museums in Paris Prof. Vera Ferro- Campinas, Brazil

Contemporary Art IV(80 hours) Prof. Vera Ferro - Campinas, Brazil

2010

Collage - (80 hours) Prof. Vera Ferro -Campinas, Brazil

Contemporary Art V (80 hours) Prof. Vera Ferro - Campinas, Brazil
 

2007

Watercolor- workshops (30 hours) Prof. Vera Ferro - Campinas, Brazil

2007 - Open-air watercolor in Tiradentes, Brazil

2006-2013 -Individual guidance in art projects(240 hours) Prof. Vera Ferro

2004

Quantum Process In Creativity  (20 hours) Prof. Lais Wollner, Espaço Wollner - eW - São Paulo, Brazil