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An Enormous Life Lesson
Maru Vázquez

Opening - Mujeres en el Arte, Saturday, August 13

Talking about these 46 years brings back endless memories and many different emotions.

So many things have happened, so much desire, so many attempts, so many trips, so many experiments, so many forums... so much so that I wouldn't know where to start.

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Maybe because of my first crayon and my first coloring book, or because of the first secret, the one that led me to create, to express myself in this way inventing a language of my own, so intimate.

I could start with the first oils, brushes and spatulas that came into my hands, with which I muddied the painting by combining the colors trying to overturn my emotions, pretending that they would be trapped in a canvas; so it was.

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Trying to get what I felt to stay there and come out of my body, out of my being.

Talking about everything that has happened to me with and through art would lead me to a whole book, every stroke, every moment, every color and every story.

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What I can say is that these years have been an enormous life lesson, of ups and downs, of great tests and immense benefits. Endless personal challenges to solve my insecurities and fears, as well as enormous satisfactions resulting from hard work and constant dedication.

They have been wonderful experiences in which through colors, textures and shapes, I have been able to give way to my wildest dreams and my deepest concerns.

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There have been different trips to other parts of the world and to other places where I discover myself every day.

There have been so many different people that I have met and who have supported, spoken, criticized, written, valued, enjoyed and shared my art.

They have been years in which I have discovered that this is the greatest force that inhabits me.

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They have been a long chain of moments that has made me grow, see, observe, embrace, share, understand and appreciate all in life.

They have been the best teachers, the harshest critics, the most vast experiences, the clearest mirrors, the most loving arms, the greatest gifts, the most precious challenges, my most desired achievements.

In conclusion, these 46 years have been the best of my existence because they have been given to my greatest passion... ART.

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"Maru is a very strong abstract artist. I love how she expresses herself through texture, color and light. It is as if she just opens herself up and allows whatever is inside at the moment to emerge and imprint the canvas. It is a dance of color and shades.

It is not always a happy dance. It can be a dark, intense, painful as well as joyful and playful. She is a very versatile artist. She, in my opinion, would not be afraid of going in the deepest depths of self to bring out a sharp color and a texture that represent her there and then.

Her art seems private and intriguing and rather universal at the same time. I can relate to her work as her own expression and as a mirror of myself.

As a curator, Maru works with intense understanding and intuition when curating an exhibition. We did work together once. She was just in constant dialogue with the work of others, there was no ego, no self, no personality, there was just a curator talking to the work of art that was to be exhibited.

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It was as if Maru was, again dancing, moving, talking, chatting with the art and the space that was to be transformed by the exhibition. I witnessed this with intense fascination for most of the night, mounting and moving and talking and creating an amazing space where all made sense. She achieved an amazing balance and the exhibition was beautifully and lovingly curated by her.

It sems to me that Maru loves her canvas as an artist and also loves to curate the space, thereby creating another work of art, that is, an exhibition.

It is a pleasure to work with her."

Josefa González B.
Mexican Ambassador for the United Kindom

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Saturday, August 13, 5-7pm
Gallery Calderoni, Fabrica la Aurora

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