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Nacha Canvas

1990 Argentina

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  • About the Artist

Canvas studied Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires, where she taught a Morphology class (Chair of Enrique Longinotti) from 2013 to 2015. At the same time, she studied other disciplines such as: Ceramics, Embroidery, Drawing, Photography and Collage. In 2013 she won the Biennial of Youth Art of Buenos Aires in the Visual Arts category, which lead to her winning a scholarship of education to the “Residencia Casa Tres Patios” (a contemporary art center), in Medellin, Colombia. In 2015 she presented a solo project called ‘Intento’, in the Youth section of ArteBa, with Quimera Gallery, a project that she took to the ArtToronto fair in Canada the same year, and concluded in an individual exhibition in Quimera in 2015. In 2016, she participated with Quimera Galería in PArc fair in Lima, Peru and with a site-specific in the exhibition “sketch, outline and plan”, at Quimera in Buenos Aires. That same year she received an honorable mention in the Itaú Award of Visual Arts, with exhibition at the Palacio de Glace, Buenos Aires, and presented her project "Hiel de Buey" with Quimera Galería as a solo project at the Pinta fair in Miami. In 2017 she participated with Quimera Galería at the Art on Paper art fair in New York, and at the FACA fair in Buenos Aires. She won for the second time at the Young Art Biennial of Buenos Aires in the Visual Arts category and won a scholarship to develop the Friso project, curated by Lara Marmor, Marcela Sinclair and Patricio Larrambebere. Her works are part of the main collections in Argentina and Canada (Corkin Gallery and Aison Milne, Toronto). After finishing her studies in 2016, she returned to her native city, Ushuaia, where she now lives and works.


Artist Statement

The landscape is my main concern, the distant look, the hidden and confused gestures of the distance. The accurate search I do is not obtained through direct observation of a landscape, but through the informed imagery which appears in the memory. The irreparable nostalgia that exists in the attempt to rebuild an image of the memory with extreme subtleness, but with the certainty that it is non-transferable and is about to disappear with the gradual replacement of new images is what I intend to convey in my work. If we gaze at something as much as possible, we reach a point of concentration where a new cycle of something completely unknown and rare is revealed, a very distant abstraction of that first approach. A display of forms without figurative art, or meaning. The look is unfolded in possibilities, in hidden situations, in the mystery of these new perceptive laws. Like when we look ourselves in the mirror for a long time until we don’t recognize ourselves and are surprised of having reached that state of uncertainty and discomfort. It is on the performance of the landscape in abstract where I focus; on their transitions, strengths, layers, encounters and above all the emptiness. The architecture of the landscape reveals sensitive areas. Therefore, the configuration of one of my works is not only technical and constructive but also poetic and narrative.

Works by Nacha Canvas

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2017

37.5 x 26.5 cm

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