Luisa Duarte

Luisa Duarte (Venezuelan-born) is an architect/artist which I think is obvious when you see this work. Although there is demonstrated proficiency in collage, watercolor, digital drawing AND mono print media, there is one “visual voice” present. This is something a lot of artists struggle with – finding their voice. Duarte has excelled in this point and it’s very satisfying to see!

What I like about Duarte’s work is the use of sharp, angled elements and orientations which guide my eye througout the compositions. This is similar to the great Bauhaus instructors László Moholy-Nagy and Wassily Kandinsky which Duarte recognizes and embraces. She also introduced me to the work of Mercedes Pardo which she loves and which also influences her work. This is another refreshing element to see in an artist – the ability to discuss influences.

She has been accepted to several juried exhibits. The piece “You’re Not Stronger Than Me” was in 2014’s The Big Show while “What Did You Say” was accepted into VAA’s 32nd Juried Membership Exhibition.  With these pieces being “validated” by a professional juror, their value may be perceived as higher.

You can visit Duarte during the monthly Second Saturday open studios at Silver Street Studios (2000 Edwards Street, Houston, 77007) from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. You can also email her at luisaduarte.art@gmail.com. You will receive a 10% discount if you mention this blog post on HALT713.

Lastly, if you appreciate geometric work like this, check out the post I did on Carlos Pozo, too. He is another architect/artist that uses a similar visual vocabulary.

(All photos by Matt Adams.)

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