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Ana Elena Fernández Díaz

Ana Elena Fernández Díaz has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the University of Costa Rica. From 1992-2002 she was the Visual Arts Coordinator at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center. She also has extensive experience in event production, including theatre. Her work has received exposure in several individual and collective shows in museums and galleries.

In addition to the watercolor work shown here, she has also produced a series of oil paintings that explore the subtle dynamics of power and control between the sexes, using the metaphor of dance. Another body of work uses mixed media to explore the theme of sexual abuse, from the omnipresent Costa Rican “piropos,” (similar to cat-calls) to overt domestic violence. We’ll get some photos of those soon and share them with you here on the website!

Ana Elena Fernández Díaz says about her art:

“I like to do watercolor because it is a thing of the moment. Either you did it right or you didn’t. You see the result quickly. It suits my character. I don´t like to wait. I also love it because it is luminous. It has a wonderful light, the colors are transparent, and they flow. Watercolor demands excellent draftsmanship, you cannot hide poor drawing in watercolor. That is a challenge. Watercolor will never be boring to me.

“I like simple, everyday subjects: old, rusty things, antique clocks and keys, worn out shoes. I am puzzled by time and how it affects things. I also like landscape, but not the open one. I like more intimate details: a little corner, a hideaway. And I love human figure. I have been painting my own two girls, while they play at the beach, uanaware of anything else besides sand, water, little animals, sun, fun.”

“We really had a great time on the Art Tour. I was telling my mom that to just walk into a gallery and look at art seems so dry to me, but to see the artists and hear their stories and inspirations just gave the art such a personal feel to me!”

“Your Costa Rica Art Tour was truly a delight. You did a wonderful job in selecting a very talented group of artists with personalities to match. Both Marie and I hope to have the opportunity to share the experience again. Your idea of doing a photographic tour of San Jose sounds very appealing.”

We hope to see you on the next Costa Rica Art Tour! You are sure to enjoy seeing the work of Costa Rican artists and artisans in their private studios and galleries! Private art tours take place in small groups of 10 persons maximum, so you will have the opportunity to speak directly with the artists. Painters, sculptors, ceramicists, stained glass artists, printmakers, all are included in the tours, as are traditional artisans such as mask-makers and blacksmiths.

All of our art tours are in private minibusses, and include lunch and translation into English.

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