Maria Veronica Leon V artist from Ecuador in Paris

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MARIA VERONICA SOLO EXHIBITION AT MACRO ROME/MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN ROME
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Art, Science and Technology in
 Gold Water: " Apocalyptic Black Mirrors II"
by Maria Veronica Leon

 

Exhibition curated by David Rosenberg and the first of the project "From La Biennale di Venezia to MACRO. International Perspectives", curated by Paolo De Grandis andClaudio Crescentini-,attracted many visitors in April 2016. Thanks to this thrilling exhibition and interactive workshops, Maria Veronica Leon, -through art, science and technology-,with "Apocalyptic Black Mirrors II" brought strong reflexions to the public about the urgent care that humankind needs to provide to water and Earth'sresources, in order topreserve life in the World. Spaces full of visitors, great press articles and extensive comments talk about the success of this exhibition at MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Artin Rome (see images bellow).
"We are grateful to the thousands of people and journalists who gave great attention to my work and the exhibition, helping to elevate our conscience about Nature to the highest level, to create a pacific manifestation against the violations of Earth, and becoming a "Volunteer of Life", says Maria Veronica.
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The Quantum link

À propos “Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors II”, an exhibition of Maria Veronica Leon V. at Macro Museum, Roma.
A major shift in global conscience: that's how we can describe the event that occurred when Ecuador became the first country to officially acknowledge and recognize the imprescriptible right of Nature and its ecosystems to exist and flourish, and consequently the right for the Nature to be cured or restored in case of aggression. It's an unprecedented legal, political and spiritual event, which took place in 2008 when the new constitution was adopted and Nature was defined as a subject of right. This « vision » or conception of the world unifies two trends of thought, one related to late development of environmentalism, incarnated bymilitants like Hugo Echeverría, a famous lawyer working in Ecuador; the other is related to the natives of Ecuador who firmly believe in the concept of « Pacha Mama » or Mother Earth.
Maria Veronica Leon V, a famous native Ecuadorian artist who currently lives and works in Dubai, perpetuating and transcending in her very own way this rich heritage. Through her life, her commitment and her art, she invites us to renew, reinvent and rebuild the core relation we have with Nature, with ourselves and with the essence of the reality.Why are we here? What are we supposed to do? What is the nature of our dreams and visions? Why are we embodied in a visceral habitat that binds us to a cosmic dimension?It is indeed a deep questioning, but following Maria Veronica on her path of creation, we feel that the answers are all bound to our innate creativity.
Regarding the personal level, we can say that Maria Veronica has also merged and revisited the spiritual legacy of her parents. Her mother was a painter and her father a politician, an intellectual and a humanist figure in Ecuador. Herself, as a young child started to express herself vividly, first through drawings and paintings, and later on while studying art, expanding her research to various medium, like videos or performances that she practiced in New York, Cuba, Paris and Venice among many other places before living in Dubai.Social and spiritual conscience, travels, boarders crossing (and/or limits), various cultures and traditions blending, the mixing of verbal and non verbal approaches (like dance or guttural singing)... These are some of the different aspects of her art and life today.
In that sense, the artistic and philosophical approach of Maria Veronica Leon V — visceral and technological, intuitive and conceptual —, is unique in its essence. Following the great success of the Ecuadorian pavillon that held during the last Biennale di Venezia, the artist reactivates and reformulates, for the Macro Museum in Rome, the art-environment that she had previously conceived in Venice. As a woman and as an artist, she felt a great sense of responsibility when she was officially commissioned to conceive the national pavillon. Fully aware of the syndrome of « artistic provincialism », Maria Veronica still wanted to be able to talk about Ecuador as a whole (id est, speaking-outloud for Quito and La Sierra but also for The Coast region), but she also felt the urge and the need to carry auniversal topic; in that case: Gold and Water.
After several conversations with the artist, I understood how bright and pertinent was her choice. It's not about the « lieux communs » or « clichés » concerning human greed,the capitalistic system or environmental problems — even though it's a substantial part of what Maria Veronica is dealing with. First, it binds us to the long story of the South-American continent and her ancestors, the great Incas and the pre-Colombian societies. And as the artist progresses in her work, she transforms herself physically, slow turning into an extra- terrestrial or mythical figure: secret and sacred rituals, masks, screams and dreams... It is as we are travelling in time, going back to a mysterious past, which is also the key to our future. 
As her native country, the « Pacha Mama » (Mother Earth) and her ancestors are all intrinsic and constitutive part of herself, so is the water. And that simple truth resonates in many fields like quantum physics, cosmology, biology and psychology. Among many texts, here is what Maria Veronica writes about it: « We feel the churning power of the oceans and seas, interconnected in an energetic therapy, building barriers to resist industry’s atrocities;generating a second dimension of existence, where universal cosmic energy gives birth to a centric universal nucleus, from where an explosion of new fountains irrigates old affected waters and a new cosmic galaxy emerge. Waters’ new energy isstronger than industry ».
White light, blue water, dark stars, green dollars, gold and oven are like various aspects of our body-mind-spirit connection and therefore part of an « œuvre d'art total », mixing video, etching, photography and performance, producing what the artists define as « techno-theater », or « techno-opera », blending new philosophical and sociological approach with esoteric and hermetic tradition. That's how Maria Veronica embarks us on a physical and spiritual journey,a quest formeaning and self-reflection exploring a metaphoric Eldorado where Gold and Water reveal themselves as our ultimate fate, the alpha & omega of our human destiny.
The exhibition unfolds and spreads in various parts of the museum, inviting the visitors to discover in a progressive manner the various works exhibited. Definingher own territory, the artist uses the existing exhibition structures but she also creates new ones by bringing an industrial container into the space of the museum. It's like a womb, amine settlement or an athanor (the oven of the alchemist). Visually, the various works displayed at Macro Museum oscillate between kaleidoscopic and hypnotic geometry and oversized expressive self-portraits.
Primary matters, Nature and the body of the artist turn into vectors of artistic expression: it's an integrative process where concepts, thoughts and emotions blend and resonate in various ways, reaching a point of incandescence where a new state of mind is created, reborn and purified.

David Rosenberg Paris, mars 2016
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VIDEO EXHIBITION AND OPENING 
Press Release

"Dark Blue Visions"
  1. Extended Press Release _Ecuador Pavilion
  2. "The Gold Rush"
  3.  Spanish Press
  4. PDF Catalogue Apocalyptic Black Mirrors
  5. Biennale Catalogue Page, 56EIA.Vol2P_Ecuador_
  6. Words Ambassador form Ecuador in Italy
  7.  Kunstforum International
  8. L'oro Blu dell'Ecuador: Intervista a Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla, June 2015
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-Pavilion of Ecuador at Google Cultural Institute
-Google Cultural Institute




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Different extracts of BLACK HOLES DEVOURING INDUSTRIAL NET 
 Click Catalogue: "GOLD WATER: APOCALYPTIC BLACK MIRRORS"
Click Video PAVILION OF ECUADOR/MARIA VERONICA WORK 

 


L'Or Blu

 

 MV Artworks for The Pavilion of Ecuador in La Biennale di Venezia 

 

Universe in Universes
La Biennale di Venezia/National Participations















 

" D A R K     B L U E    V I S I O N S "
by Maria Veronica Leon V 
The human right to water is fundamental and indispensable, inalienable, indefeasible and essential for life. Water is a common ultimate good. Its sources and channels that once seemed so limitless are drying up. Historically, no notion of protecting water or bottling it for human consumption existed, but rules change and international water conferences as well as communities worldwide have studied water systems and redefined their rational use. Ecuador became the first country in the world to codify the Rights of Nature, a pioneer in the global environmental sector. Ecuadorian Constitution recognize the inalienable rights of ecosystems to exist and flourish, giving people the authority to petition on the behalf of ecosystems, and requiring the government to remedy violations of these rights; so that rivers and forests maintain their own right to exist and are not just a property. Under these laws, for example, a citizen can file a lawsuit on behalf of an injured channel, recognizing that the health of the water source is crucial for the common good. 
The vibrant protagonist for the exhibition is video art. Overlapping time sequences of water emerge from a distant past catapulting it into an abstract location in the future where the world apocalyptic reality of contamination and obscurity disappear. I choose video as the ideal technique, since its movements allow me to show by series the similar phases of black apocalypses that different cultures live in parallel times. Video takes me to the representation and abstraction of the high-tech industry irruption in the soul of human beings.  The sound of machines hammering our psyches are the hammering actions of capitalism excesses, that day to day demands to be prostrated at its feet. Steal barriers, metallic cuts, black holes where Earth loses its identity, steal stains, heavy and deafening structures, obliging men to give up their territory.  The totalitarian excesses of the Industry have irrupted nature,damaged itshealth, and affected the ecosystem. Money is “the saint” and the punisher, the one that creates nature’s darkness, and it causes a duel reflected into the future, in successive mirrors of apocalyptic reflections that will destroy the Humanity. We need flowing water in order to live, love and have light. "Waterof Light, Water of Life." 
The internal vision needs to be intricate to the external one, so that what is inside is reflected in the outside world. Water is suffering, drying up and dying, being infected by man’s brutality; water begins to exist with “artificial breathing” on an man-made life support system. In the videos the light bluetubes allow oxygen to enter, a treatment to cleanse and reanimate water intravenously.  We feel the churning power of the oceans and seas, interconnected through an energetic therapy, building barriers to resist industry’s atrocities; generating a second dimension of existence, where universal cosmic energy gives birth to a centric universal nucleus, from where an explosion of new fountains irrigates old affected waters erupts and a new cosmic galaxy emerge. 
Waters’ new energy is stronger than industry. Video offers a perfect choreographic interplay between these present and future realities, and generates a singular visual reading that symbolizes new codes of freedom in the face of capitalistic disaster and destruction. Surrealistic and symbolic visions illustrate water, present and future, spring from an imagined sense of a collective elevated consciousness, with greater respect for water and to what it means to Humanity.  
The shadow of darkness passes from a futuristic perspective; darkness vanishes, the industrial machine as well, the round table of the Illuminati is devoured by the black holes, only the shadow is left, dark mafias disappeared; the dimension of the dollar gets lost and enters the plane of memory, the metallic stars lose their force and an enlightened human being arises that represents the new collective consciousness that sustains the world in a contemporary awakening. Tomorrow the currency will be water, air, health and survivorship and new codes.   

 

Maria Veronica Leon V



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 PAVILION OF ECUADOR AT GOOGLE CULTURAL INSTITUTE 
 MARIA VERONICA
GOOGLE CULTURAL INSTITUTE

 

Maria Veronica
Visual Artist
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Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla represented her original country, Ecuador, at the 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. It is also thanks to the efforts of this artist that Ecuador introduced for the first time in History its own pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, a milestone in the history of Ecuador. Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla, a relevant artist for Ecuadorian Art History and one of today most dynamic artists from Latin America, developed successfully Ecuador’s offcial contribution to the 56th International Art Exhibition with the exhibition “Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors” supported by the Culture and Heritage Ministry of Ecuador, the Embassy of Ecuador in Rome and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador. Her life and avant-garde work make her a leading figure in the international contemporary art scene Her life and avant-garde work make her a leading figure in the international contemporary art scene
Maria Veronica is a pluri-disciplinary artist born in 1971 in Guayaquil, Ecuador; she lives and works in Dubai, where she is the first Latin American artist to make a solo show in U.A.E. and to be represented by a gallery in Dubai, U.A.E. From 1998 to 2013 Maria Veronica lived and worked in Paris, where she became the first contemporary woman artist from Ecuador to exhibit in a French museum, Petit Palais/Museum of Fine Arts of Paris (2008). She was invited to make a solo exhibition at the Galliera Museum, Paris (2006) and selected by the Cultural Affairs Department of Paris for “La Nuit Blanche” (2004). Maria Veronica has also taken part in a number of other international exhibitions most importantly Art Brussels (2012); Chapiteau de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo (2012); Cipriani New York (2011); Plaza Athenee Paris (2011); Spazio Thetis (2010), Venice; Guangzhou Art Fair (2008); the 52nd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia (Latin-American Pavilion IILA, 2007); Theatre de la Ville, Paris (2000); Sylvie Rielle, Paris; Galerie de Nesle, Paris; Bill Tornade, Paris (1999); La Havana Biennial (1997); Quebec International Snow Sculpture Festival (1995); Beijing Latin American Art Festival (1994). In Ecuador: Metropolitan Museum, Quito (2013); MAAC: Contemporary Art Museum, Guayaquil (2005); Crystal Palace, Guayaquil (2004), Municipal Museum, Guayaquil (2000), La Galeria (1998/1995), Madeleine Hollander Gallery Guayaquil (1998/1995), Art Forum Quito (1996), British Council Quito (1995), between others.
As a multidisciplinary artist Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla has been working with a variety of techniques: drawing, painting, printmaking, video art, video installation, video-poetry, digital books, performance and photography. From her early years the artist has shown her extraordinary talent also in portraiture and self-portraiture. She made portraits of prominent gures like Bjork, Isabelle Adjani, Pina Bausch, Dominique Mercy, Julie Stanzak, Helena Pikon, Placido Domingo, Bill Clinton and diverse Ecuadorian, Latin American and European personalities. In Ecuador María Verónica worked with “La Galeria” in Quito (95/98) and Madeleine Hollaender in Guayaquil (95/98). In 1996 Guayasamin invited her to colaborate with him in murals paintings for “La Capilla del Hombre” in Quito. María Verónica attended the School of Fine Arts, Central University in Quito, Painting and Printing specialization , where she was also Dean Assistant of Printing Department.
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VIDEO PAVILION OF ECUADOR/MARIA VERONICA WORK 

Maria Veronica Leon, Lucia Vallarino and Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia





Se abren las puertas del Primer Pabellon del Ecuador en la Bienal de Venecia


Maria Veronica Leon and Juan Fernando Holguin, Ambassador of Ecuador in Italy

Lucia Vallarino, Maria Veronica Leon and Juan Fernando Holguin Ambassador of Ecuador in Italy


 

"Para el Ecuador es un orgullo participar primera vez con su propio Pabellón Nacional en la 56° Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Biennale di Venezia, el evento artístico más importante del mundo. 
Estamos seguros que este primer Pabellón Nacional del Ecuador está dignamente representado en tres figuras: el oro, el agua y la más importante de todas ellas, la obra artística de María Verónica León. 
Solo el espíritu artístico de María Verónica es capaz de encontrar y extraer la belleza a un elemento más alejado del universo estético como lo es una planta embotelladora de agua, a través de las imágenes replicantes y los sonidos metálicos que crean un universo paralelo, el de “Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors” / “Oro y Agua: Espejos Negros Apocalípticos”. 
Asimismo, la artista visual redimensiona uno de los hermosos e importantes recursos naturales del Ecuador, el oro, para otorgarle una interpretación vanguardista que redirige la perspectiva de las culturas precolombinas ecuatorianas sobre este elemento. 
Agradezco el esfuerzo de María Verónica León y Lucía Vallarino Peet para la concreción de este importante proyecto de arte contemporáneo nacional. Para el Gobierno de la República del Ecuador la presencia de su propio Pabellón Nacional en la Biennale di Venezia, representa un privilegio que esperamos que se repita en próximas ediciones. 
Invitamos a todos a admirar el universo artístico de María Verónica, lleno de fuerza femenina, espíritu innovador y pasión artística".

 

Juan Fernando Holguín
Embajador del Ecuador en Italia

Mayo de 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kunstforum International

 

Presenza

 

Click Catalogue "Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors"

 “Gold & Water: Metallic Constellations”

For the first time in the history of the Venice Biennale, Ecuador opens its own independent pavilion thanks to the initiative of a young multidisciplinary artist, relevant to the Art History of Ecuador, Maria Veronica Leon, currently living in Dubai (Cube Arts Gallery), who has been distinguishing herself in Paris since 1998 for her works (drawing, painting, printing, video art, video poetry, performance, digital books, and digital photography). Gold intensity and water translucency has always been one of her favorite subjects. 
For the 56th International Art Exhibition, she explores gold and water through a new proposal: “Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors”, a true manifesto in favor of life and art.  This committed artist deplores the excesses, exaggeration, intoxication and drifts of industry, which penetrates to the very heart of nature (1) and alters ‘water vibration energy’ and the ‘symbolic, historical and cultural significance of gold.’ ‘Water, as governed by regulations that meet the needs of our western industrial civilisations, encompasses the most ancient representations that, still today, bear their influence on our opinions. Water mythology and symbolism engraved in our subconscious contribute to our perception of water’. 
For the French semeiologist Jules Gritti  ‘Our technical and industrial civilisation, owing to its inherent shortages and pollutions, may exacerbate need, anguish and appetite in talking signs.’ Starting from this perspective, the Ecuadorian artist explores the mnemonic traces of our relationship with water and gold. Her project is built around a strong symbol: the fireplace, which is cube-shaped as a leading-edge kitchen, though with a new identity. The relevance of this realistic structure lays in its universality, thus enabling the artist to create an original work that metaphorically evokes  humanity in the process of forgetting itself. 
A wall of a series of micro- waves recessed into rails shows the images of a lost paradise recalling the walls of Plato's Cave. Several videos show the images of a water bottling plant: shuffled rhythms on a metal background give rise to stars that open and transform like new galaxies. Another video shows virtual and incandescent gold in an everlasting fight against water and evokes chaos. Gold as an economic index will turn into a promise of beauty. 
1. ‘Ecuador, country of solar forces, is a piece of incomparable nature. Its coasts licked by the Pacific, its flank crossed by the Andes mountain range. The Galapagos Islands inspired ‘The Origin of Species’ by Charles Darwin’. 

 

Ileana Cornea, art critic and curator 
Paris, January 2015 



 

 

MARIA VERONICA INTERVIEW, VENICE JUNE 2015 

 

Press Release

  1. "Dark Blue Visions"
  2. Extended Press Release _ECUADOR PAVILION
  3. "Gold Metallic Constellations", Introduction Curator Text in English
  4. "The Gold Rush"
  5. Spanish Press
  6. PDF Catalogue Apocalyptic Black Mirrors
  7. Biennale Catalogue Page, 56EIA.Vol2P_Ecuador_
  8. Kunstforum International
  1. Kunstforum International
  2. Universes in Universe
  3. La Bienal de Venecia/Participaciones Nacionales
  4. El Desembarco Latinoamericano en la Bienal de Venecia
  5. Cultura
  6. Arte: Gold Water Apocalyptic Black Mirrors
  7. Catalogue: "Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors"
  8. Se abren las puertas del Primer Pabellon del Ecuador en la Bienal de Venecia
  9. Embajador del Ecuador inagura exhibition de Maria Veronica Leon V
  10. Presenza
  11. Maria Veronica Artworks /Pavilion of Ecuador
  12. El Universo
  13. Expreso Ecuador
  14. Embajada del Ecuador en Italia
  15. TextezuKunst
  16. Orsi Italiani
  17. L'Oro Blu
  18. La Bienal por Paises
  19. Il Giornale dell Arte
  20. Les Curieux des Arts
  21. Istituto Santa Maria della Pieta
  22. Biennale di Venezia
  23.  La HoraExhibition
  24. Pacha Mama, Terra Madre. Ecuador ‘manifesta’ impegno per la vita e per l’arte
  25. Expreso
  26. Si la Envidia fuera Tina/El Mercurio Cuenca, Ecuador
  27. El Comercio
  28. TV Bienal de Venecia, Dubai, Mujer del Ano
  29. El Comercio entrevista Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla/Bienal de Venecia/Mujer del Ano
  30. El Universo /La artista que se inspira en lo que ve y siente
  31. El Comercio
  32. TV Bienal de Venecia, Dubai, Mujer del Ano
  33. El Comercio entrevista Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla/Bienal de Venecia/Mujer del Ano
  34. El Universo /La artista que se inspira en lo que ve y siente

      

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    Click Maria Veronica' Artworks  for La Biennale di Venezia   
"Maria Veronica. The gold rush"
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Contemporary art is rediscovering gold, this exceptional material, fascinating in its lustre and splendour, which brought glory to Ravenna and was restored to use in art by Gustave Klimt.
In the 21st century, Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor, James Lee Bayars and many other artists boldly revive the tradition of the time of the pharaohs, an imperturbably enduring tradition: “gold is immortality” is the Brahmins’ constant refrain.
“Gold has no part to play in the mythologies of Homo faber.” The historian of religion, Mircea Eliade, spent his lifetime studying this question: “Gold is a creation of Homo Religiosus.” It was the first metal used by man, even though he could not use it to make tools or weapons. “Throughout History and technological innovations, from the use of stone to working bronze, then iron, and finally steel, gold has never played a part.”
Alchemists wanted to turn other metals into gold in order to cure their imperfections. Through this noble material, art touches on the sacred: “The essential symbolic value of gold has never been tainted despite the progressive desacralisation of Nature and human existence.There is red, black and lots of gold in Maria Veronica Léon’s work, the enigmas of her symbolic world exploding from their fiery fusion.Yellows, greens and blue fuse in a variety of shapes, including squares, circles, trapeziums and pentagons; they splutter into triangles and even more elastic geometric shapes. Her line unfurls such an extraordinary tangle, what can you say?
Maria Veronica Leon’s work is disconcerting in its originality.
A willing secessionist, she eludes the golden nets she inherits from the Austrian painter who could easily have been her ancestor, but there are others before him, anonymous pre-Colombian artists from whom she gains this inheritance that binds her to the sun.Her lyricism, freedom and courage make her different; a female artist whose attitude reminiscent of the mythical Penelope weaves her intrigues in the name of civilisation and peace. Like the Homeric woman, she diverts her craft and directs it towards her own vital experience, thus transforming reality into legend and legend into a wonderful dream.
From the portraiture she has practised for years, she is moving towards her phantasmatic memory and from the likeness of the model to the probability of her adventure.
Like Munch, she emphasises the voluptuous language of lines, like Beardsley she loves luxury. Her lines meet, forming her abstract geometric shapes, and this is how she conceives cities, articulating their volumes by organised agglomerations of shapes. Civilisation has a horror of the void, but the black hole is lying in wait for it. If souls petrify in a world of stars, and numbers rule the world, humanity would have to start from zero.
When her palette darkens in a dramatic movement, incandescent colors evokes the Dante-esque movement of the lava, deep, dark blue tries to calm the catastrophe, a draped silhouette stands out like a pyramid, and instead of the face, a star.
Ileana Cornea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK HOLES DEVOURING INDUSTRIAL NET
    L'oro Blu dell'Ecuador: Intervista a Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla, June 2015


  1. Kunstforum International
  2. Universes in Universe
  3. La Bienal de Venecia/Participaciones Nacionales
  4. El Desembarco Latinoamericano en la Bienal de Venecia
  5. Cultura
  6. Arte: Gold Water Apocalyptic Black Mirrors
  7. Catalogue: "Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors"
  8. Se abren las puertas del Primer Pabellon del Ecuador en la Bienal de Venecia
  9. Embajador del Ecuador inagura exhibition de Maria Veronica Leon V
  10. Presenza
  11. Maria Veronica Artworks /Pavilion of Ecuador
  12. El Universo
  13. Expreso Ecuador
  14. Embajada del Ecuador en Italia
  15. TextezuKunst
  16. Orsi Italiani
  17. L'Oro Blu
  18. La Bienal por Paises
  19. Il Giornale dell Arte
  20. Les Curieux des Arts
  21. Istituto Santa Maria della Pieta
  22. Biennale di Venezia
  23.  La HoraExhibition
  24. Pacha Mama, Terra Madre. Ecuador ‘manifesta’ impegno per la vita e per l’arte
  25. Expreso
  26. Si la Envidia fuera Tina/El Mercurio Cuenca, Ecuador
  27. El Comercio
  28. TV Bienal de Venecia, Dubai, Mujer del Ano
  29. El Comercio entrevista Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla/Bienal de Venecia/Mujer del Ano
  30. El Universo /La artista que se inspira en lo que ve y siente

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Veronica
Maria Veronica

 

 

Maria Veronica

CLICK CATALOGUE "GOLD WATER: APOCALYPTIC BLACK MIRRORS"


 

Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla 
“Una Forza de la Natura”

 

Ho conosciuto Maria Veronica nel 2007, durante l’organizzazione del Padiglione “America Latina” alla 52^ Biennale Internazionale d’Arte di Venezia. Di questa giovane e talentuosa artista ecuadoriana, mi colpì subito l’energia unita alla gentilezza, l’allegria contagiosa e la disponibilità ad aiutarci durante i lavori di allestimento di uno spazio prestigioso ma difficile, come quello del Collegio Armeno.Il critico d’arte Marc Debergh, in un suo catalogo, la presentava così: “……ecco la conferma di un nuovo talento che si colloca su basi classiche con intense proiezioni creative. Maria Veronica, una delle grandi artiste del nostro tempo,donna di spirito ultrailluminato che compone un simbolico triangolo lirico ed espressionista tra le visioni europea e amerindia e la nuova arte di amare il mondo per rigenerarlo ed andare oltre……
A distanza di otto anni, Maria Veronica Leon, superando le più ottimistiche aspettative, grazie al suo impegno e al suo lavoro titanico, è stata di nuovo invitata alla Biennale di Venezia a rappresentare il suo amato Ecuador, che è presente a Venezia con un suo Padiglione, per la prima volta, nella storia della Biennale.
Nei grandi spazi del Padiglione dell’Ecuador, Maria Veronica ha allestito la sua opera spettacolare :“Oro y Agua: Espejos Negros Apocalipticos”.
L’intensità dell’Oro e la traslucidità dell’Acqua sono sempre stati soggetti preferiti da Maria Veronica che, in questa edizione della biennale, vengono riproposti in un incredibile e affascinante panorama multimediale. Installazioni audio-visive con disegni, video, foto e oggetti di varia natura: un “Tecno- Teatro” dove acqua e oro,- due delle fonti naturali primarie di ricchezza dell’Ecuador e del mondo- sono estrapolati dal loro contesto originale e riesaminati criticamente attraverso la storia, la società,l’economia e la cultura. L’oro e l’acqua, questi due elementi così preziosi, una volta ritenuti inesauribili, sono ora, grazie all’opera dell’uomo, considerati a rischio . In una realtà quasi “apocalittica” Maria Veronica rappresenta , con immagini e suoni , “l’irruzione dell’industria high-tech nell’animo degli esseri umani. Guardando le sue opere si immaginano realtà presenti e future, con l’umanità che risorge dai disastri creati nei tanti secoli di distruzione della natura. Uno spiraglio di speranza per il nostro futuro.
Maria Veronica Leon è una giovane donna affascinate e colta . Ha viaggiato moltissimo. Ha vissuto molti anni a Parigi e attualmente vive a Dubai. Un’artista che nel suo aspetto racchiude molte caratteristiche del suo paese natale.L’Ecuador infatti è un paese con grandi bellezze naturali, montagne innevate, boschi, fiumi impetuosi, laghi cristallini , mare smeraldino vallate fertili, montagne che non raggiungono altezze esagerate dove i vulcani sono divinità tutelari anche se minacciose.
“Acqua d’Oro: Neri Specchi Apocalittici” è una bella mostra che vi invito a visitare. Il Padiglione dell’Ecuador, come tutta la Biennale di Venezia rimarrà aperto fino al 22 di novembre . Prossimamente, sarò in grado di presentarvi in rete un prezioso video che con il Team di MultiOlistica abbiamo realizzato a Venezia su Maria Veronica e la sua opera.

 

Alessandra Bonnani


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Veronica
Visual Artist
Guayaquil-Paris-Dubai
Maria Veronica
Maria Veronica
Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla represented her original country, Ecuador, at the 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. It is also thanks to the efforts of this artist that Ecuador introduced for the first time in History its own pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, a milestone in the history of Ecuador. Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla, a relevant artist for Ecuadorian Art History and one of today most dynamic artists from Latin America, developed successfully Ecuador’s offcial contribution to the 56th International Art Exhibition with the exhibition “Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors” supported by the Culture and Heritage Ministry of Ecuador, the Embassy of Ecuador in Rome and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of EcuadHer life and avant-garde work make her a leading figure in the international contemporary art scene Her life and avant-garde work make her a leading figure in the international contemporary art scene
Maria Veronica is a pluri-disciplinary artist born in 1971 in Guayaquil, Ecuador; she lives and works in Dubai, where she is the first Latin American artist to make a solo show in U.A.E. and to be represented by a gallery in Dubai, U.A.E. From 1998 to 2013 Maria Veronica lived and worked in Paris, where she became the first contemporary woman artist from Ecuador to exhibit in a French museum, Petit Palais/Museum of Fine Arts of Paris (2008). She was invited to make a solo exhibition at the Galliera Museum, Paris (2006) and selected by the Cultural Affairs Department of Paris for “La Nuit Blanche” (2004). Maria Veronica has also taken part in a number of other international exhibitions most importantly Art Brussels (2012); Chapiteau de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo (2012); Cipriani New York (2011); Plaza Athenee Paris (2011); Spazio Thetis (2010), Venice; Guangzhou Art Fair (2008); the 52nd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia (Latin-American Pavilion IILA, 2007); Theatre de la Ville, Paris (2000); Sylvie Rielle, Paris; Galerie de Nesle, Paris; Bill Tornade, Paris (1999); La Havana Biennial (1997); Quebec International Snow Sculpture Festival (1995); Beijing Latin American Art Festival (1994). In Ecuador: Metropolitan Museum, Quito (2013); MAAC: Contemporary Art Museum, Guayaquil (2005); Crystal Palace, Guayaquil (2004), Municipal Museum, Guayaquil (2000), La Galeria (1998/1995), Madeleine Hollander Gallery Guayaquil (1998/1995), Art Forum Quito (1996), British Council Quito (1995), between others.
As a multidisciplinary artist Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla has been working with a variety of techniques: drawing, painting, printmaking, video art, video installation, video-poetry, digital books, performance and photography. From her early years the artist has shown her extraordinary talent also in portraiture and self-portraiture. She made portraits of prominent gures like Bjork, Isabelle Adjani, Pina Bausch, Dominique Mercy, Julie Stanzak, Helena Pikon, Placido Domingo, Bill Clinton and diverse Ecuadorian, Latin American and European personalities. In Ecuador María Verónica worked with “La Galeria” in Quito (95/98) and Madeleine Hollaender in Guayaquil (95/98). In 1996 Guayasamin invited her to colaborate with him in murals paintings for “La Capilla del Hombre” in Quito. María Verónica attended the School of Fine Arts, Central University in Quito, Painting and Printing specialization , where she was also Dean Assistant of Printing Department.
Her life and avant-garde work make her a leading figure in the international contemporary art scene.
www.mariaveronicaworld.com
lanoveaunee@hotmail.com

 

MARIA VERONICA 

MARIA VERONICA

 

2014:

She sets up in Dubai, UAE, where she has been represented by Cube Gallery Arts, DIFC (Dubai International Financial Center).1998-2013:

MARIA VERONICA 

1998-2013:

Lived and worked in Paris.
Portraits of personalities like Bjork, Isabelle Adjani, Pina Bausch, Dominique Mercy, Julie Stanzak, Helena Pikon, Placido Domingo, Bill Clinton and diverse Ecuadorian, Latin American and European figures.

MARIA VERONICA 

1997:
She worked with “La Galeria” in Quito and Madeleine Hollaender, Guayaquil, Ecuador.

 MARIA VERONICA

1996-1997:
Worked with Guayasamin in murals paintings for “La Capilla del Hombre”. Quito, Ecuador

MARIA VERONICA

1995-1996:
Dean Assistant of Printing Department at School of Fine Arts, Central University in Quito, Ecuador.

 MARIA VERONICA

1991-1995:
School of Fine Arts, Central University in Quito, Ecuador, specialization Painting and Printing.

 MARIA VERONICA 

E X H I B I T I O N S 

2016: MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome

2015: 56 International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, Venice-Italy

2014: Cube Arts Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.

2013: Museo Metropolitano de Quito, Quito

2012: Art Brussels, Belgium

Chapiteau de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo

Cipriani, New York

2011: Plaza Athennee, Paris

Espace Beaujon, Paris

2010: Espazio Thetis, Venice

2008: Petit Palais Museum, Paris

Guanzhou International Art Fair, Guanzhou

2007: 52nd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice-Italy

2006: Galliera Museum, Paris

2004: 1000 Und Eine Art AGZ Gallery, Wuppertal

Nuit Blanche, Paris

2003: Thuiller Gallery, Paris

2002: Theatre de la Ville, Paris

1999: Sylvie Rielle, Paris Bill Tornade, Paris Nesle Gallery, Paris

1998: "La Galeria", Quito

1997: Havana Biennal, Havana

Art Forum Gallery, Quito

Madeleine Hollander Gallery, Guayaquil Bruised Apple Gallery, New York

1995: "La Galeria", Quito

Madeleine Hollander Gallery, Guayaquil British Council, Quito

Quebec International Snow Sculpture Festival Beijing Latin American Art Festival, Quebec.

 

Artworks in the collection of :
Bill Clinton, Pina Bausch, Isabelle Adjani, Bjork, Julie Stanzak, Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr, Gilles Fuchs, Ondine Langford, Marquis of Alzola, Placido Domingo, Fidel Castro, Omar Bin-Laden, Bosch, Aicard, Tone,  de Sablet d'Estieres,  Chetrit, Paccard,  Riggs, Di Luigi, Guayasamin, Noboa, Ortega, Febres-Cordero, Wright, Nussbaum, Quirola, Hollihan, Icaza, Laniado, Goldbaum, Isaias, Catwright, Bejar, Pesantes, Anton, Doumet, Kronfle, Plaza, Garcia, Ortiz, Delfini, del Hierro, Ayala Lasso, Penaherrera Padilla, De Pratti, Marcet, Viteri, Gonzalez, Freund, Harat, Montiel, Rausch, Degli, Faccini, Moya, Polit, Bedogni, Fogghini, Nussbaum Sasha, Hidalgo, Noboa, Adum, Nebot, Venegas, Veintemilla, Peet, Parra, Leon-Veintemilla, Vallarino-Peet, Silva-Santisteban, Al Hamed, Al-habsi, between others.

School of Fine Arts in Quito-Ecuador, specialization Painting and Printing.

1995-1996: assistant of the printing departement in the school of Fine Arts, Ecuador' Central University, Quito.

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From 1996 to 1997 Maria Veronica works with Guayasamin in mural paintings of "La Capilla del Hombre". Quito-Ecuador.

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In 1998 she moved to Paris, where she worked as a multidiciplinary artist in different medias: ART VIDEO, VIDEO POETRY, VIDEO INSTALLATION, DRAWING, PAINTING, PORTRAIT, PERFORMANCE and DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

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At the end of 2013 she moved to Dubai, where she worked as a multidiciplinary artist in different medias

 

MARIA VERONICA

MARIA VERONICA

 

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 DUBAI MAY-JUNE 2014 CUBE ARTS GALLERY
Drawing and Painting 

 

 

 

 

''Locality & Aesthetics''

Solo Exhibition by Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla

Cube Arts Gallery, Gate Village 08, DIFC

May–June, 2014



NEWS about ''Locality & Aesthetics'' and Maria Veronica:


1."GULF TODAY" NEWS, DUBAI, UAE. DIFFERENT SPACES, SAME HOME BY MUHAMMAD YUSUF, 5 JUNE 2014


2. "EL CORREO DEL GOLFO", JUNIO 2014


3. "EL UNIVERSO, MAY 2014


4. "EL TELEGRAFO", MAY 2014


5. "EXPRESO" 2014


G U L F      T O D A Y,      D I F F E R E N T      S P A C E S,      S A M E      H O M E      B Y      M U H A M M A D      Y U S U F,      5      J U N E  2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M A R I A      V E R O N I C A      I S      B A S E D      I N      U N I T E D      A R A B     E M I R A T E S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

''Identity Cristalization''
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
100x150cm
Dubai 2014

 

 

 

"Times of Splendor"
Acrylic and oil on Canvas
100x150cm
Dubai 2014

SUPERSUPERSUPERSUPER
SUPERSUPERSUPERSUPER
"Dubai,the Jewel"
Oil on Canvas
150x122cm
Dubai 2014
   



 

 

 

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