01 January 2023 •



is a Colombian-Canadian painter. She works primarily with acrylics, mixed media, collage, encaustic and oils, focusing her abstracts on colour and texture. Adriana has studied in Colombia under the tutelage of Yalile Fadul and in Canada at the Toronto School of Arts and the Montreal Centre of Visual Arts. She has participated in group shows with the Guelph Arts Council, the Latin Canadian Arts and Cultural Association, the Montreal Visual Arts Centre, the Hispanic Canadian Arts and Cultural Association and the Toronto School of Art. 20 YEARS TODAY was Adriana's first solo exhibition.

Each painting has been created after an extensive exercise in remembrance, journaling and experimentation of form and technique. The body of work attempts to capture the many emotions associated with the continuous process of migration. Using abstraction, colour and texture to represent embodied emotions related to anticipation, adaptation, grief, struggle, commitment, realization, joy, fulfillment and nostalgia enabled me to externalize fragments from two decades of my life which have seen not only an ongoing process of migration, but also a process of growth

Each of the 20 paintings represents a year in this process and evokes feelings and emotions associated with that particular time. Some are completely abstract whereas others incorporate symbolic and representational elements. I have chosen to work on 20x20 wood boards to give continuity to the 20-year theme and to create the pieces in encaustic as a medium that provides fantastic possibilities for texture and colour, but also poses interesting challenges and unexpected outcomes to the creation process. Much like the process of migration itself, the process of creation has come with many surprises and has asked me to adapt to constantly changing circumstances.