ITAS Podcast Season 5, Ep.7

Marianela de la Hoz is expressing her thoughts through her highly detailed egg tempera paintings in a way that you can’t help but stop and “read” all she wants to say. Her work is surrealistic and bold and at the same time so realistic and dark!

Listen to my conversation with Marianela in this episode on our art podcast 🙂

Marianela de al Hoz

About Marianela de la Hoz

Marianela de la Hoz paints using the ancient technique known as Egg Tempera, with a contemporary look into current images. The works are extremely detailed, delicate, and precise. She seeks to offer insights into the hidden character of her subjects through visual codes and exaggerated features using black humor and fantasy to depict the darker side of humanity. 

Like a researcher, she puts a drop of the blood of each theme under the microscope. Each painting is analyzed without moral judgments. It takes considerable skill and a great deal of time to observe these subjects and compose this art so well, hence the small formats. The viewer peers into a miniature world, unlocks a key, and enters armed with a magnifying glass, expecting to come close enough to hear a whisper, to feel a pinch, to discover a hidden secret, and perhaps to crack a smile.

The contents, the formats, the technique, the texts (written thoughts), all conform to a unique work of art and invite the viewer to approach, to get closer and closer. The small size perhaps makes an audience feel safe, but like a spider draws a fly into its web, de la Hoz seeks to entrap the viewer rationally as well as viscerally.

Marianela’s artwork has been exhibited in prestigious galleries as well as in several museums, universities, and cultural institutes in her native Mexico, in the USA where she resides since 2001, in Canada, Arab Emirates, Japan, and Germany.

Artworks by Marianela de la Hoz

Links and references

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