For Kitchener-based Maca Suazo, painting is an act of discovery. Born in Chile, her work is influenced by the magic realism of Latin American literature, and she also melds elements from her time as a performer in a theatre company. (Above: Because My Heart Battles, acrylic, 39″x39″ / Below: Summer Day, oil & graphite, 48″x42)
“Taken from my background in theatre, I let small characters come to the paintings. They become blurred as elements of colour and form . . . and subsequently intertwine with memories and emotions, bringing figurative impressions to the surface.” –Artist Statement (Above: Cheer Up 3, mixed media on panel, 6″x6″ / Below: New Bedroom, oil on panel, 4″x4″)
Above: Travellers #1, mixed media on panel, 10″x10″ / Below: Vamos a Andar, mixed media on panel, 8″x10″
Maca Suazo was born in Vina del Mar, Chile. She did a Bachelor of Education at UPLA, Valparaiso, while painting in abstracted explorations and performing in a theater company. After finishing her B.ED., she was accepted at La Mancha International Theater School in Santiago, graduating in 1997. The following year, she immigrated to Canada. She continued performing for several years but found her way back to painting. She has a recent Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo. See more on her website, here. She is represented by Canvas Gallery, Toronto.