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Maria Isabel Parra

Hong Kong

Last updated: March 20, 2017

ABOUT ME | PORTFOLIO

My artistic interests have revolved around the natural, social, economic and cultural relationship man has with his environment, none of these aspects separated from the others, or from the evolution of every individual in society. In this way, my artwork is an attempt to understand the society that I am part of.

BIOGRAPHY

Colombian-French, born in Medellin.
Living and working as a full-time artist in Hong Kong since 2002

My artistic interests have revolved around the natural, social, economic and cultural relationship man has with his environment, none of these aspects separated from the others, or from the evolution of every individual in society.
In this way, my artwork is an attempt to understand the society that I am part of.

Living in Hong Kong has been an experience which has signifcantly infuenced my artistic life and my artwork, I can confrm how interesting it is, precisely thanks to all those immense social-cultural and environmental contrasts and contradictions.

Hong Kong is a mixture of cultures, mistrustfully holding onto many aspects of its deepest culture, while at the same time integrating some aspects of western culture. However, neither the remains of Confucianism nor Taoist philosophies have been able to stop the growth of capitalism, overpopulation or pollution, which could look contradictory.

It is in this way that those abstractions of the city and the culture I represent are the symbol of the societies we build today, contradictory and related, beautiful and terrifying, vertical and fully packed. Societies with huge inequalities, where individuals affected by extreme poverty and the fragility of their daily lives, coexist with individuals who live in opulent wealth, and monopolise economic and political power. And if a big part of my artworks is inspired by this Chinese cosmopolitan city, it is precisely because of what it symbolises, allowing me to refect on it.

Like the city itself, iconography and religious rituals that inundate the daily life of this city, have captivated my curiosity. I try to understand a little about the infuence of Chinese philosophy throughout time, and the symbols I observe in daily life. I try to construct my own book of changes, questioning myself about contemporary values and necessities of today’s society through the comprehension of its dualities and contradictions.

ART EDUCATION

- Master degree in Chinese Culture and Society - Alcalá de Henares University, Madrid.
- Degree in Education majoring in art – Pontificia Bolivariana University, Medellin, Colombia
- Degree in fne Arts – Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, Medellin, Colombia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014: Under Construction - new itinerary – Puerta Roja Gallery - - solo exhibition / Le French May, Hong Kong
2008: Tragaluces y Visillos “Skylights & Voiles” - Chamber of Commerce- Medellin – Solo exhibition

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015: Women's art project – New Gallery On Old Bailey – Hong Kong
2013: Under Construction Project – Very Hong Kong Festival – Hong Kong
2012: Piso 11 – At the Charlee Hotel Gallery – Medellin
2009: International Exchange Exhibition of 10 Countries – Danwon Museum - Ansan, Korea
2009: Flores en el Asfalto – Cerro Nutibara Gallery – Medellin
2009: Summer Delights - Blue Lotus Gallery – Hong Kong
2009: Art Show Zurich – Puls 5 Exhibition Hall – Zurich Switzerland
2008: Fernando Botero Salon – Colombian Young Artist Foundation - Bogota
2008: Watchdog Art Show - 10 Chancery Lane Gallery – Hong Kong
2008: A close relationship with the space – Sala de Arte Comunidad, Medellín
2007: International Florence Contemporary Art Bienniale - Florence, Italy
2007: Colibrisur Artists Exhibition – El Tablado Theatre – Medellín
2007: Casa Tomada Exhibition – Plazarte Casa Patrimonial – Medellín
2007: Naturaleza Gestual – Sheraton Hotel – Medellín
2007: Colombian Colours – PROYECTO UNO - San Ignacio Cloister – Medellín
2007: Dicciones – Palace Of Culture – Medellín
2006: Talleres de Artes Plásticas y Visuales de Medellin - Nutibara Gallery - Medellin
2006: 6/12 - Pontifcia Bolivariana University - Medellin 

2006: Latin American Painting and Photo Exhibition – UNESCO Centre – Macau

2005: Mexico and Colombia in the same tree– State of the Arts Gallery – Hong Kong

2005: Colombian Colours – PROYECTO UNO – State of the Arts Gallery – Hong Kong
2005: Lantau Arts Exhibition - Discovery Bay Offce Centre – Hong Kong 2004: Under the same sun - Latin America Festival - Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Hong Kong
2000-2001: Various performances in different parts of the city and the forest –Medellin
2000: 6th Biennial of Graphic Art –Chamber of commerce – Medellin

AWARDS

2005: 4th place in the cultural promotion category in the III Call for cultural proposals – Secretariat for Civil Culture and the Mayor’s offce of Medellin – Medellin & Hong Kong. With the project Colombian Colours - PROYECTO UNO

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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