Library Staff Art Show
Central Library, May 2014
Martin Aguilar was born in Nicaragua; he studied Art & Literature in Managua. He is a self-taught musician, poet and a painter. He likes experimenting with bright colors and his works are rich in textures and mixed media. He has had one personal exhibition, at ART CENTRAL in June 2013.
Heart and the Guitar
I have struggled with the reasons as to why I paint what I paint. I paint the glass that I'm drinking out of, I paint my flowers in the spring, and I paint the mountain views an hour from my house. I paint my daughter, myself, and sometimes fleeting glimpses of light reflected on the walls.
There is something about the experience of painting what I'm seeing — something that I can't capture in a photograph. There is something about taking these things out of the everyday and elevating them above the monotony of life. It's how I cope and it's how I connect with people; this is where I find beauty.
May 1st Facing South, acrylic on masonite
As a primarily self-taught independent artist, I rely on the desire for beauty and tranquility in my still life paintings, choosing acrylics as my medium of choice coupled with a natural style for detail, form and colour. My art allows me to strive for a more realistic effect, which represents the way in which I visually see my subjects in my world.
White Magnolia, acrylic on canvas
Barbara Oliveira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and studied Visual Design at University of Calgary. She loves using bright colors to represent the life style, the people and memories of growing up in Brazil. The word Favela means Slum in Portuguese.
A prolific painter of flowers, portraits and nature, Inna Taikova discovered her talent just a few years ago. She brings her art into every area of her life — her clothes and costume making, her volunteer work, her acting, her costume making and her family. In her flower art and her portraits she tries to express a feeling that comes from her soul. Not only does she want to make a world a beautiful place, but she tries to enrich an entire community through art.