Saturday, May 3, 2014

Amaya Salazar

Jungle Fever
oil on canvas
58 x 58 in.
-Fair use-

Amaya Salazar (1951-), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is known for her faceless personas that inhabit mystical and magical environments where light and the Antillean flora are present. She studied at the Academia Artium, Madrid, Spain and the School of Fine Arts, Boston, U.S.A. She is mostly inspired by the female form and by mother and child images. She captures those intimate moments where women are escaping the reality of life and entering the warm of the Caribbean light.

The flora is an integral part of her work. The banana leaves, the palm trees, the bamboo trunks are part of the environment that surround the characters; in some cases they are the only element of the piece. The rays of the sun and moon create kaleidoscope of tones throughout the landscape. In the nightscapes the palette turns dark almost black, but there is always an internal light that shines. 

She also works in bronze, steel, and marble as well as creates charcoal on paper drawings and water color and Chinese ink on paper. Her work can be found in important collections worldwide.