"Nexos", etchings by Dora Garraffo
The different cultures that arrived with boatloads of illusions and ancestral seeds of indigenous peoples, merge into “Nexos”, this series of etchings that establish visible and invisible bonds between the magical and the concrete. Ancient wood carvings that used to be figureheads of steamships take on a new life and meaning in her works Navegar con Estrellas, El Fantasma de Eolo, Las Madres and Talla de Navegantes. Images of women, men and children, surrounded by nature, reveal colors and textures of a reality that identifies us. In Nexos and Familia con Grillos we perceive veins of leaves in a soft-ground technique, while in Carnaval y Músicos, she includes classical pre-Columbian instruments, dances, and celebrations of the inhabitants of the Andes, as well as symbols alluding to the Pachamama (Mother Earth).
About the artist
Born in Buenos Aires, Dora Garraffo teaches Visual Arts. She graduated from the Manuel Belgrano National Fine Arts School, where she attended courses by Aida Carballo in printmaking. She also attended other institutions, including the Mutualidad de Estudiantes y Egresados de Bellas Artes (MEEBA), Sociedad Estímulo Bellas Artes, the Art Student League in Nueva York, Escuela de Arte de Avellaneda, and Universidad Nacional de las Artes, among others. She has exhibited in galleries, cultural centers and museums in Buenos Aires, Misiones and New York. Since 1995, she works with engravings. She has received awards and prizes in painting and drawing from well known institutions in Argentina, such as the Manuel Belgrano School, the Avellaneda Fine Arts Salon, and the Society of Sculptors; and abroad, from the Manhattan Art International magazine. She won the first prize in drawing at the Autumn Salon, organized by the Society of Artists of Argentina. Her works are part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of Engraving in Buenos Aires, and of galleries and private collections.
September 14 – October 18
Wednesday, September 14
From 6 to 7:30 PM
On view Monday-Friday 3-4:45 PM
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