Marisa Contreras Marulanda (Bogotá-Colombia, 1986) is a multifaceted woman who combines in a very interesting way her intellectual capacity with her artistic facet. Marisa is a plastic artist, political scientist, gender expert (PhD), researcher and writer. She is a self-taught artist who discovered her passion for painting at a very young age, when she started painting abstract pictures. She was only seventeen years old when she made her debut as an artist with a solo exhibition in the prestigious art gallery of Asenet Velásquez in the city of Bogotá (2003).
She then moved to Spain where she lived for several years and studied Political Science and Public Administration at the Complutense University of Madrid. In this city, the Colombian Consulate invited her to exhibit her work in a solo exhibition in 2006. During her academic studies, Marisa delved into research on feminism, a subject that deeply captivated, became her passion which is why she decided to pursue a master’s degree and a doctorate in interdisciplinary gender studies and equality policies (University of Salamanca). Her constant desire to learn new languages and immerse herself in different cultures brought her to Germany, where she not only learned the language fluently, but she also continued to investigate in depth her doctoral thesis, without abandoning her passion for art.
After finishing her doctorate, she immersed herself more intensely in painting, capturing new realities and scenarios on her canvasses. Through her abstract expressions, she communicates feelings, emotions, and energy that are difficult to transmit through words or actions. Her color palette is diverse and impactful, and she uses strong, bold strokes to express herself. Sometimes her communication is spontaneous, resembling Action Painting, while at other times it is the result of the sensations evolving during her trips, landscapes of the memories (Bogotá Gardens, 2005; Caribbean Breeze, 2022), or revelations that appear in dreams (Dreaming Cherry Blossoms, 2022). Marisa’s work also includes clear ideas, concepts and political messages as seen in works like In my Parallel Polis (2009), Feeling Ukraine (2022), or Colombia: Peace Reconciliation, (2022).
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