SABOR A VENEZUELA - SEPT. 25TH 2019 7:00PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2019
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION CON SABOR A VENEZUELA
Color & Identities
Maria Elena Ferrer
Art Exhibition at Talento Bilingüe de Houston
Sep – Oct 2019
“Identity” is how we perceive, regard and express ourselves, an enduring and continuous sense of who we are. We use the plural “identities” to emphasize that our identity is fluid and shifts throughout our lives, including how we aspire to be. For those of us living far from our places of origin, creating colorful expressions of art helps preserve our personal and cultural identities, while maintaining a bond to the lives we knew. Color lets us explore, decide, declare, express, experience and question ideas about our identities over time.
Maria Elena Ferrer’s Bio
“My paintings and sculptures are part of my larger desire to help people become aware of themselves and their environment as fully as possible.”
— Maria Elena Ferrer
Maria Elena is the chair of the Athena Network New York, a psychosocial support network in the area of social services, health, and specifically in mental health, for immigrants in
New York experiencing psychological challenges related to the migratory process; executive director of Humanamente, a diversity and inclusion consulting organization; and vice
chair of the Ulster County (N.Y.) Human Rights Commission, charged with enforcing state and local human rights laws to ensure that every individual in Ulster County has an equal opportunity to participate fully in the county’s economic, cultural and intellectual life. But she is also an artist — a sculptor, visual artist and clay animator. Maria Elena started designing and crafting wooden puzzle sculptures in the 1990s as a “meditative respite” from the pressures of managing her award-winning international animation and special effects production studio. Her sculptures have been exhibited in Caracas, Venezuela, her city of origin; Valencia, Spain, where she later lived; Chicago; and Kingston, N.Y., where she now lives. Her Kingston exhibitions have included regional juried art shows. Maria Elena’s drawings and paintings were recently exhibited at the Muroff–Kotler Visual Arts Gallery at the State University of New York at Ulster, near Kingston, awarding her the opportunity to show her artwork at highly regarded Plaza Gallery of the State University of New York in Albany.
Originally studying architecture at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, a public university with a pre-eminent architecture school, Maria Elena later earned a certificate of distinction in leadership and empowerment from Polytechnic University of Valencia and a diploma in gender leadership through the EQUAL transnational cooperation community initiative of the European Social Fund. She also earned a University Expert Diploma in “Mental Health, Cultural Processes, and Psychological Interventions with Immigrants, Minorities, and the Socially Excluded” from the University of Barcelona. Maria Elena is currently studying the masters of Spanish Baroque Art under the tutelage of Pablo Shine, a New York-based artist known for his expressive paintings that draw inspiration from his native Puerto Rico and beyond.