Maritza Dávila is a Puerto Rican artist who developed her professional and non professional career in the United States, where she currently resides.
Professor of graphics at the university level and connoisseur of graphic techniques, this time she investigated in the ´ace workshop about waterless photolithography in combination with Moku hanga (Japanese engraving technique).
During her residency, Maritza produced an artist’s book in which the schematics of relationships are visually analyzed. She edited a series of large-scale prints based on the concept of the spiritual and the profane with schematics as part of the organics and the structures.
The thread that runs through my work is the ancestral influence, that collection of inseparable qualities that through blood and culture and beyond my ability to control, contribute to who I am. And although I have no control over those influences from the past that define me, I do exercise the possibility of deciding the essence of my person.
In this conceptual search I am investigating several areas. How do culture and verbal and visual language affect the mental process of the bilingual experience? Will there be another visual language that needs exploration in my work? How can schematic visions have other metaphorical possibilities with multiple interpretations in terms of ideas?
My work reflects these experiences, framed in vignettes. Exteriors merge with interiors, geometric shapes contrast with the organic, revealing nuances of the feminine, family relationships, surroundings and roots. Color and texture create an atmosphere of emotional and spiritual evolution.
In this speech I translate those ancient and personal memories, which are interwoven and interpreted using symbols that define the passage of time. These emblematic symbols include: doors, arches, windows and gates that serve as an entrance or transition to elements of family, culture, spiritual, as well as social, racial and gender aspects; in a word Identity. These aspects grow and become more visually complex as my life goes on.
Santurce, Puerto Rico.
1982 | Founded and directed Atabeira Press, a workshop on graphics. Memphis. Tennessee, USA.
Professor of Engraving and Drawing. Memphis College of Art. Tennessee, USA.
1974 | Bachelor of Arts. University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico.
1977 | Master of Fine Arts. Pratt Institute of New York. New York, USA.
2011 | Hyde Gallery, Memphis, USA.
2010 | University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. Arkansas, USA.
2009 | Arkansas State University Gallery. USA.
2008 | Gallery of the University School of Lausanne, USA.
2003 | Joysmith Gallery. Memphis, USA.
Collective exhibitions: USA, Europe, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Japan and India.
Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico, Southern Graphics Council, USA. Mid America Print Council, USA.
Italy, Spain, Scotland and Canada.
2004, 2003, 2000, 1998, 1996 | Faculty Enrichment Award. Memphis College of Art. USA.
1997 | Jury Special Mention. Pressed and Pulled VI, Georgia College & State University. Georgia, USA.
1996 | Drawing and Engraving Award. Salon International du Val d’Or at the Salle des Fetes d’Orva. France.
1993 | Screen Printing Association International Mentor Award.