The sinuous lines in Liliana Iturriaga’s work
Posted on July - 20 - 2016
It is a common occurrence that migration from one’s original place of birth takes place and makes such an important part of the integral formation of a person. The history and influences received in a new location can shape and even redirect a person’s preference. Such is the case with the artist Liliana Iturriaga, who was born in Chile in 1965 but moved soon after to Venezuela, where she would develop her career as an artist and much more.
Her academic training is first as a graphic designer, graduating from BRIVIL School of Design in Caracas. She then later furthered her artistic techniques at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas Cristóbal Rojas and several other art schools and workshops.
The influence of kinetic art is apparent in her preference for abstraction and for blending shapes and colors into visually engaging compositions. Let’s remember that Venezuela was one of the greatest exports of kinetic artists, counting among its prestigious list renowned artist such as Jesús Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Alejandro Otero.
Iturriaga’s art works are a series of abstract pieces, where geometric shapes, such as lines play a dominant part in the overall composition. The repetition of these curved forms creates sensuous patterns that bestow movement to the chromatic arrangements that juxtapose contrasting colors. The optical sensation of dynamism caused by the combination of these elements of designs, alludes to corporeal and organic motion, thus communicating the artist’s own experimentation with a geometric language.
Iturriaga is a clear heir to the tradition of geometric abstraction. Due to her talent and meticulous attention to detail, her work is both aesthetically pleasing as intellectually relevant.
By: Gabriela Martínez
Photo Courtesy: Liliana Iturriaga