Juliana Plexxo (Colombia, 1993)
Charmed by animals and rooted in her indigenous nature, Juliana builds her engraving plates and murals juxtaposing time, light, and color. Daughter of Colombian journalists, Juliana grew up in a media environment. On the one hand, her father, director of the bullfighting chronicle of the newspaper El Espectador in Colombia, introduces her through the world of bullfighting, touring the so-called ̈Gira de las Indias, ̈ the bullfighting tour of America until 1997, when unfortunately her father is murdered. Thus, Juliana grows up next to her mother, who invites her to see the world through multiple trips through Latin America, where she discovers Ecuador's culture in-depth, after living there for 5 years. Juliana's work revolves around four main axes: The first, the world of wild animals linked to the bullfighting environment in which she was born but of which she remembers little. More than the fascinating gaze of the bulls who anxiously negotiated between life and death. The second, indigenism, is that anthropological trend from which she questions the prejudices towards these native peoples and watches over their social claim as did the artist Oswaldo Guayasamin in his time. The third, the primary, opaque and strong colors, from which she creates sensations, dimensions, light, and cubist spaces. And the fourth, the engraving technique, in which he specializes in etching, drypoint, and collage procedures to reconceptualize their own history and characteristics. Juliana, from the creation of unique pieces, questions these techniques commonly associated with mass reproduction by reinventing processes and results. These four pillars coexist simultaneously in her work, which today is made in Joan Barbará's workshop in Barcelona, a workshop where artists such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and Antoni Tapies among others worked decades ago. Juliana's work is in constant movement and evolution, her daily artistic work does not represent a monotonous journey, but a free one where the compositions find balance and coherence and are constantly nourished by new technologies such as virtual reality.