Ana was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Growing up, she moved between Cambridge, Massachusetts, Nicaragua (her mother’s homeland) while it was undergoing the throes of dictatorship and revolution and Colombia while it was ravaged by narco-terrorism. These inspiring and turbulent environments heightened Ana Maria’s sense of awareness and social conscience and solidified her desire to use art as a path for bringing positive change into the world.
Velasco choses her subjects from her life and friends. At times with humorous touch, her work engages with political and social issues. She captures the spirit of her subjects, revealing a glimpse into another realm, leading the viewers through fantastic tales that invite them to weave their own story into the images they see. Ana's landscapes are populated by drastically diverse people and situations united through line, color and form. She explores how to transform a helicopter into a river, alchemize a quiet mountain top into a bullfighting ring, or unify an intimate dinner with the spectacle at a loud soccer stadium. One element flows into another, evoking translucent dreams and memories. The layered scenes often depict battlefields and sports arenas, yet the turmoil meets a paradoxical calm.
Ana holds an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston. She received a BA from Universidad Javeriana and from Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes both in Cali, Colombia. Ana has studied Tibetan Art for a decade at The New York Tibetan Art Studio under Pema Rinzn. She founded NEEM, a 501 (c) non-profit organization dedicated to promote art, yoga and meditation as alternative therapies for healing and forgiveness for children and adults affected by violent conflict and trauma. She has been a teacher for two decades. Her work has been shown in the USA, Germany and Colombia. She lives between Santa Marta, Colombia and Brooklyn, NYC
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