My goal is to highlight Latino/a or Hispanic Artists and their work. This month we have the pleasure of speaking with Ivette Urena.
Ivette is a Dominican Contemporary Artist with acrylic being her medium of preference. She resides in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NYC.
Her art has been exhibited in the Macy’s Family and Friends Art Exhibit at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, The Fearless Artist Popup Exhibit in Miami Art Basel in 2017 and in 2016 and she is a member of the Fantasy in Color Art Collective @fantasyincolornyc and the Con Artist Collective @conartistnyc.
Here are some of the questions, Ivette was gracious enough to answer;
1. What message, if any do you convey in your artwork?
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, then rape in adulthood some of my earlier artworks convey the message that art is healing, break your silence and put all of your trauma on to a canvas, you are not alone, there is life after abuse.
2. How do you feel Latina artists are represented in the art scene?
I don’t feel there are enough talented Latina artists being given the recognition they deserve in the art scene today nor are they being represented by established galleries. In a world of the Me Too Movement, Equal Pay and Women Rights we should see more opportunities being given to women to speak up about their rights through their art and I am not seeing that. We need a Latina Pow Art Collective, that is a dream of mine I just realized and I am the founder.
3. What are your goals for 2019 as far as your work goes?
My 2019 goals are to finally have a Solo Art Exhibition, redesign my art website, keep growing my artistic talent, get my artwork into peoples homes, keep connecting with others through my art who may believe what I believe in that Sexual Assault of any kind is not okay and must be prevented, Our culture and nationality is important and being Latin is powerful, Let’s band together to fight to support the causes we believe in and finally let’s be our True Selves always.<
4. If you were to have a tazita de cafe with a famous artist from the past or present, who would it be and why?
Ooh I would love to go back in time to sit down in the Casa Azul with Frida Kahlo and have a tazita de cafe, because I want to tell her that she inspires everyday to paint my own reality just she so powerfully did. I paint about my pains, my passions and my experiences because her and her art showed me it’s okay to do so no matter what anyone thinks.
Thank you Ivette for taking the time to answer some of my questions AND for contributing one of your precious printed notebooks to be a part of our Valentine Giveaway!
You can find Ivette and her work at- http://www.ivetteurena.com/
And don’t forget to follow her on Instagram @lovelyive_art