Universidad de Los Andes, 2000, Architecture
My work explores the relationship between life, change and connection. Currently, I am showing two Series: 1) [I Am] Series: CURRENT: An Ongoing Collaborative Study of Portraits of Egos; 2) BotanINK Series: CLOSING: Botanical studies about the never-ending process of change and evolution in nature.
As an artist, one of my main goals is to create art that responds to the people that experience it: art that changes and adapts to its context and its people. One of my new series, titled “[I am]", is a work in progress that seeks to tackle philosophical questions about our human existence in an accessible, casual manner. It depicts portraits of egos keeping a personal perspective on how each of us form conceptual identities of ourselves. To help shape the series, I have reached out to the community around me (my friends, family, neighbors and clients) to share what identifies them.
Berkeley, CA-based and Venezuelan-born, Andreina earned her Bachelor's in Architecture from Universidad de Los Andes and her Master of Science in Design from Arizona State University. Her artwork deals with the relationship between life and movement as it relates to change and evolution in the broader sense. She has shown her work at OAK Airport (the Oakland Museum of California), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, The Compound Gallery, Slate Contemporary Gallery, City Art Gallery, among other venues, and has been listed in the Alameda County Arts Commission Registry and BayVan Artist Registry for the past two years.
Latin for “I”, Ego is the sense of self that is constantly attempting to define our personal identity so that we can distinguish ourselves from others. For the purpose of this study Ego is the set of labels or forms used by our individual minds to build our conceptual identity, but Ego is not who we are.
“I Am” explores the relation between our individual need for identity (our ego) and the transcendence of that conceptual connection over time. The series is not intended to portray specific people, but the temporary experience they are having creating their identity. It hints at the idea that when we (people) feel something so deeply, our perspective on reality narrows; when we concentrate on labeling our existence, we fail to look at the larger picture of our being and how we are connected with the rest of the world.
Through our Ego, we tend to equate having, thinking, doing, feeling with being, but defining ourselves through things, thoughts, roles, work, or temporary emotions is limiting. By embracing the plural and never-ending nature of our Ego, and isolating the forms and labels we use to make sense of reality I hope to de-clutter this entanglement of information creating room for personal and collective awareness.
The idea that our identification with form (food, place, body, ideas, etc.) is not who we are is a concept that is hard to grasp. After all, without identification with form it feels like we are boundless. Over time, I envision the series to contain enough portraits of Ego, hoping the collaboration will allow us to individually become self-aware of the labels we all use to identify ourselves (our never-ending plan to define our existence). That self-awareness of Ego could bring us closer together, and an understanding of others.
BotanINK is a series of botanical studies that aim to imprint the memory of a specific moment in the never-ending process of change and evolution. The pieces are an ode to the constant growth and transformations botanic organisms go through daily, as I wonder how their growth relates to our (human) way of living. BotanINK is a non-judgmental window into a form of life that is wild and steady, finding its way peacefully.
I am drawn to plants and their intrinsic ability to find their way, non-stop, quietly yet steadily, to being strong and fragile at the same time.
My creative process is organic and different every time. BotanINK pieces are not born from an intellectual revery, instead they are an intuitive response to materials. Texture and color play a fundamental role in the preparation of surfaces. Then, each piece has its unique process, coming to life once the ink finds its natural rhythm. As I paint and draw, the detail in the lines and dots, the sizes and widths, grow organically in the painting, representing nature itself.
I embrace the fact that a painting is only complete when somebody other than the painter is experiencing. The viewer’s perspective is key, this is why that is why I love altering a piece changing elements, like color, scale, size and details, it is ok, we are all different, we all adapt. I believe artworks could adapt to. I aim for that. Learn About BotanINK Prints
Alive and changing, my work is evolving, as so, life is a gradual process of change. With my work I intent to capture that organic process, as if, ironically, change could be frozen in time.
COLLECTIVES + GALLERIES + STUDIOS + REGISTRIES
- City Art Gallery. Cooperative Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
- The COMPOUND Gallery + Studios, Oakland, CA
- Alameda County Arts Commission’s Artist Registry, Alameda County, CA
- BayVan Registry, Bay Area, CA
RECENT JURIED EXHIBITIONS
- 2012 Spanning the Bay | OAK Airport + Oakland Museum of California, CA
- 2012 Art for Aids, The Metreon, San Francisco, CA
- 2011 In The Forest. Interactive Installation. Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA
- 2010 Bubble Wrap Room, MAMA @ 23HAM, Berkeley, CA
- 2013 Scouting Oakland. The Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA
- 2013 BotanINK Solo Show IronWorks Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
- 2013 Interpreted Landscapes. Slate Contemporary Gallery, Oakland, CA
- 2013 Various Shows. City Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- 2013 Compound Artist Gallery. The Compound Gallery, Oakland CA
- 2012 Compound Group Show. The Compound Gallery, Oakland CA
- 2012 Collector Gallery, Berkeley CA
- 2013 BotanINK Solo Show IronWorks Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
- 2012 TV Show of Tomorrow, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
- 2012 Various Shows, City Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- 2011 Various Shows. City Art Gallery. San Francisco, CA
- 2011 Live Mural, United Nations Summit. New York. NY
- 2011 Box Art Auction. ProArts. Oakland, CA
- 2011 Compound Group Show. The Compound Gallery. Oakland, CA
- 2011 East Bay Open Studios @ The Compound. ProArts. Oakland, CA
- 2010 Various Shows. City Art Gallery. San Francisco, CA
2010 Solo BotanINK Show Guerrila Art Cafe, Berkeley, CA
- 2010 Breger Critique Group Show, Hayward, CA
- 2010 Box Art Auction, ProArts, Oakland, CA
- 2010 East Bay Open Studios @ 23HAM. ProArts. Berkeley, CA
- 2010 The annual A³ Benefit Auction, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
- 2010 MAMA @ 23HAM. Meet Artist, Manifest Autonomy . Berkeley, CA
- 2010 RED Berkeley Art Center. Artist Member Showcase. Berkeley, CA
- 2009 Pre-Existing Condition Art Show, Whittier Diabetes Institute, La Jolla, CA
- 2009 Pre-Existing Condition Art Show, The Light Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
- 2009 Spring Art Show, Uncommon Cafe, Berkeley, CA 94710
- 2009 The annual A³ Benefit Auction, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
- 2008 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, MLA Productions, Palo Alto, CA
- 2008 Danville Fine Arts Faire, MLA Productions, Danville, CA
- 2008 Magnificent Minis, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
- 2008 Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora, FL
- 2007 First Thrusdays, Dandelion Communitea Cafe, Orlando, F
- 01-04 ASU, School of Design Innovation, Master of Science in Design. Tempe, AZ, US
- 94-00 Universidad de los Andes, Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Merida, Venezuela