Artist Statement. I am creative, visual artist, poet and art educator. In my work, nature is a fundamental theme and a medium of expression. I am passionate about its colors, forms,secrets and the lessons that it transmits to us every day. Gender issues, the universe, the relationship between human beings and nature, are also recurring themes in my work.
With reference to the techniques, the preferred ones are those that cause less damage to the environment: acrylics, pastels and watercolors. I am very interested in the work with recycled materials because of its transformative possibilities. They cause lower impact on the environment. For example, the work with the orange peel is my favorite and I have spent a few years researching it.
Some of my artworks are influenced by Sumi-e technique: the execution, use of materials, and concept. I also enjoy combining elements from East and West.
Rosalba Henao Quiceno is an art teacher, painter, and poet. She was born in the Tulia Valle, Colombia. She received a bachelor’s degree in social sciences at Colombia Technological University and a Master’s Degree in art education and sociocultural animation at the Latin American Pedagogical Institute (IPLAC) in Havana, Cuba. [Unesco Chair in Educational Sciences] 1998. Moreover, she received a diploma in family, group and institutional conflict resolution granted by the Popular Catholic University of Risaralda. In addition to her academic formation, she received drawing, painting, photography training. She taught history, art, and cultural and gender studies in various public and private institutions in Colombia, where she published From the Skin (1996), a handmade book of poems.
Nowadays she lives in New York City, where she has exhibited her artistic work and presented her poetry in several public libraries as well as conferences and literary venues. Currently, she teaches classes and workshops on art and culture at libraries, after school programs and parks in community programs run by the City of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. She has been teaching and collaborating with various Bronx NGOs such as: The women’s Housing and Development Corporation (WHEDco), Casa Yurumein, Bronx Music Heritage Center, Bronx Arts Factory, Poe Park Visitor Center. She is also the Co-founder of Chronicle, Word and Poetry, a space to spread the poetic work of new creators.