Cristina Núñez 

It is normal for children to draw and paint, the trouble with me is that I have not been able to stop doing it. I never decided to dedicate to art; I simply did something that I never wanted to stop doing. 

 

Since childhood I was interested in painting. However, I was also fascinated by working with clay and what I liked the most about this work was the glazing or painting of the ceramics. I loved drawing the surface of the pieces with oxides, and so much so, that I ended up substituting the clay by the canvas. 

 

I studied Fine Arts at Universidad Central de Venezuela and ever since that time, I formalized my love for art and I turned it into my career. 

 

I was always interested in the practice of art, but the theory of art captivated me as soon as I started my university studies. My studies increased my curiosity for Art History and for the world that accompanies this history. Without giving it too much thought, I saved some money and went backpacking to Europe and had the opportunity to visit the most fascinating European museums. (Madrid, Paris, Rome, the Vatican, Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, London, Toledo). After that trip, I discovered the existence of residency programs for artists and I started to participate in them. My first residence was at Alcalá del Jucar at Spain. There I became aware of the meaning of cultural exchange: contrasting what is natural for one with what is natural for the other, and thus, multiply the world and its nuances, enter into dialogue with what is foreign, to enrich our perception of the world and ourselves.

 

Then I understood the importance of cultural exchange, but one residency was not enough, I felt that there was something missing, my curiosity was not satisfied:  Asia.  I participated in a residency program at Imagine Gallery at Beijing, then at Shanghai and finally at Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea (2011)

The previous residencies before Korea gave me countless memories and learnings, but it was not until the residency in Kwangju that my work was really affected (positively) due to the cultural exchange influence. It was not just going to other places just to paint, the place determined the way in which I was to continue painting. 

 

Since 2011 until today, my plastic art initiative revolve around the change produced in Korea and the intent to solve how to combine my origin with the foreignness, having Venezuela as the starting point and Korea as the complementary opposite. 

 

The interchange has just started, there is still a lot to be explored (from the Korean language until their traditional and contemporary artistic techniques). I am at the gates of new knowledge and projects that only the daily and constant work will  allow them to become a finished work.  

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