(Image: Clara Varas, Downspout, 2011, mixed media on paper, 77" x 48"; © Clara Varas)
Clara Varas (b. 1972, Havana, Cuba)
Born in Havana, Cuba, Clara Varas is a mixed media artist who migrated to the United States at the age of seven. Her work deals with issues of exile, migration, separation and identity. Drawing upon fragmented memories of early childhood, as well as her experiences living in an urban, coastal city like Miami, Clara has pieced together her history with unconventional materials like fishing lines, hooks, paper boats, yarn and plastic. Images of mangrove islands, piers and other structures invade her worlds creating tension between the natural and manmade, the past and present, forming links between her homeland and Miami. Clara has developed a unique visual vocabulary, taking us on a journey that is personal, playful, and spontaneous, using cut paper collage and assemblage, fruits, vegetables and found objects as a way to blur the lines between painting, drawing, and installation. Clara Varas earned her Bachelor of fine arts in 1995 from the School Of Visual Arts in New York City where she had the pleasure of having renowned contemporary artist, Marilyn Minter as one of her professors. Clara’s work is a part of private collections and has been exhibited nationally in New York and Miami where she currently lives and works.
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, School Of Visual Arts, New York City, 1995.
Clara Varas was chosen as a Winner in Round #2 of the 2012 Showcase Series.
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