I am short on words to express the great honor that it means to receive the Arts Advocacy Award from the WIFTS. It was such an unexpected surprise to receive this recognition that I still can hardly believe it.
I would have loved to be sharing this afternoon with you, but due to the elections in my country, Venezuela, which are being held tomorrow , I feel the need and obligation to myself to vote and try to change our country´s political direction. That is why I asked Eliz Semerjian-Gazarian, who has been my friend since we were five years old, to be there in my behalf.
I consider myself a mix between a warrior and an entrepreneur, always fighting and working hard to achieve my dreams and projects. Having this award gives me the strength to keep on working, giving other people´s lives a little bit of happiness through my work, helping them forget their problems and negative emotions, by submerging into my sculptures and being absorbed by them. I know it has been a long journey to be where I am, and I have done a lot of things with the gift of my creativity, always exploring my artistic side, but I have the will to keep on working hard, showing the world the force we women have.
I want to thank God for always being there and opening new doors in my path, my family and friends for the continuous support and specially my husband for always being besides me unconditionally, helping me with my projects and ideas.
I have always liked to help children, and now that I am able to participate in different charity auctions with my sculptures I feel so lucky to be able to give back so much of what I have received. I believe the secret to success is the dedication and constancy, and always following your principles to achieve your dreams. I will close by saying thank you so much for giving me this award and allowing me to show other women from different countries, my tiny contribution to the art world as a woman.
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DEC 5th 2015 WEST HOLLYWOOD
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
María Angélica Viso - Venezuela
The Arts Advocacy Award
María Angélica Viso Artist & Environment Sculptor
María Angélica Viso is the recipient of TheWIFTS Foundation Arts Advocacy Award for her exceptional artistic skill at blending architecture and the environment with her sculptures, creating the perfect blend of a relationship between the elements of nature and her creations.
María Angélica Viso was born and raised in Venezuela, and her interest in art started at a very early age. At seven her mother enrolled her into a painting studio under the direction of the artist Ofelia de Leon, an artist whose paintings she liked and who had graduated from one of Caracas's best art schools. Under de Leon's tutorage, María Angélica studied theoretical and practical courses developing specialist skills drawing in charcoal, pastel, acrylic and oil. After graduating from high school, María Angélica's parents wanted her to pursue a solid career, so she got her degree in Business Administration.
After marrying and being a dedicated mom with three great children (ages 18, 17 and 15), María Angélica needed to continue to express herself through her painting. Having been an artist who painted on canvas, she learnt how to paint in wood, a totally different skill, making wood furniture and accessories decorated with kids' motifs.
Viso's segue into wood turned her on to wanting to search for another way of communicating through art. A sculpture course set her on the path of making wood sculptures, painting and expressing herself through this art form. Working on these wood sculptures, the only material she was familiar with, she started searching for movement and the development of a relationship between color and wood.
After many years with wood and color, something was still missing in expressing herself as an artist; it was then she discovered and fell deeply in love with metals. She learnt how to work, bend, cut, weld, and paint – and found a completely new world to be submerged in, and to submerge her creativity within.
Viso's workshop is in her home, the perfect place where she forgets about the world, a time when she opens her soul and start creating. María Angélica spends many hours a day in her studio, with an eye to be always available for her children.
As with every artist, her work has developed through the years, and is now in a phase of evolution where mixing movement with illusion is the main concept of her work.
Viso is in a continuous search for movement, color and perfectionism in the sculptures, intertwining ways to make the onlooker's eyes and brain become trapped in an imaginary journey through the sculpture which comes from her own inspiration.
These sculptures are mainly in aluminum and carbon steel, and have finishes that provide a smooth look when the intensity of light catches the pieces at the right angle to enhance the colors.
Viso's great skill is blending the architecture and the environment with the sculptures, which is why she always goes to the place where the sculpture is going to be placed and develops the perfect blending of relationship between the elements of nature and her creation.
In the country of Venezuela there are few female artists who are sculptors. Even fewer work with their hands, making sketches and passing them on to men to do the heavy work. In Venezuela, and perhaps the world, María Angélica Viso is a rarity. She buys her materials, cuts them, bends them, and paints them - is immersed and involved in the whole process. Sculpting with metal is a man's world, but being the only female (as far as we have researched) who does all the work by herself, Viso is a true exception.
María Angélica Viso says: "Working in metal is like finding the right person to spend the rest of your life with… I want the person who stands in front of my work to get absorbed by it, and travel the imaginary journey I create with a metal band to make the sculpture."