Aixa Oliveras

Blue, charcoal on tinted paper, 12″ x 9″, 2016

, charcoal on tinted paper, 12″ x 9″, 2017

Slow Burn
, charcoal on coffee-tinted paper, 12″ x 9″, 2016

The Night Within Creates Stars
, oil on round wood panel, 8″ tondo, 2016

Through Darkness Comes Light
, oil on round wood panel, 8″ tondo, 2016

Artist Statement

From a very young age I’ve had a passion for art. I started drawing when I was approximately nine years old, copying panels from comic books and photos of my family and sketching in my school notebooks. I soon realized that art came to me by instinct, and that it was something that gave me joy like nothing else in life. I am an artist to my core. I am also very interested in psychology and what makes us human. The ideas that I want to express evolve through that lens, giving me insights not only into how multidimensional we can be but also the extent to which our emotions are so integral and beautiful a part of human nature.

My early work focused on explorations of psychological narratives through use of interiors—the rooms and corridors of a home as a metaphor for a psychological state. More recently, it has shifted toward the psychology of the human form—how a gesture or a look can convey an abundance of meaning, all within the context of symbolic themes, such as the mystery of the subconscious self and psychological archetypes. I draw from my own personal experiences and transmute them in a symbolic narrative. Light also plays an important role in my work, becoming a character in its own right, uncovering hidden layers and bringing emotional notes to the surface.

With each piece I create, I strive to give the viewer an emotionally resonant visual experience, something akin to that moment of “flow” that I experience when I make art. Ultimately, my goal and philosophy as an artist are to explore the rich landscape of what it means to be human.

About the Artist

Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Aixa Oliveras graduated magna cum laude from the School of Plastic Arts and Design in 2007. As a participant in a scholarship program, she studied traditional drawing and painting techniques with the artists Luis Borrero and Amber Lia-Kloppel, and worked professionally in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for 10 years. Having now relocated to California, Aixa Oliveras is pursuing her master’s degree in fine arts at Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, California. 

Aixa Oliveras has participated in group exhibitions in such venues as OBRA Galeria Alegria, in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Abend Gallery, in Denver, Colorado. She has placed as a finalist in such juried shows as Artkudos Online Juried Exhibition and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. One of Aixa Oliveras’s paintings is included in the Reyes-Veray Collection, a public collection of Puerto Rican artists. Her work was last exhibited in 2017 at Abend Gallery.

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