Andrea Hurtarte, born to Guatemalan parents in 1988, lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Although her passion for painting and drawing started at a very early age, her love for watercolor really flourished during her studies at Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University School of Fine Art and has continually led to a deep exploration of the medium. Hurtarte’s artwork has a strong sense of spatial depth originating in her studying of architecture during her Master program at Université de Montréal. Hurtarte now operates her own studio, ANML, in Montreal.
Hurtarte’s work creates a refined tension between lucid and flowing forms, inciting a shift of perception between the superimposed layers of content. Using specific vehicles for color and expression, the guiding dark lines define, while the fluid watercolor generate a sense of spontaneity. The compositions are intended to have multiple readings; the seemingly opposing components lead the viewer to actively perceive the image in their minds.
The deconstructed color palette evokes the human skin and concurrently creates space for a timeless nude body. The work alludes to Kandinsky, Japanese calligraphy, as well as the wabi-sabi aesthetic, through the simplicity of lines and use of color that effortlessly define space.
Hurtarte’s deeply emotionally evocative work aims to draw in the viewer by revealing intimate situations, aspects of the human experience, and evidence of the mindset/process of the artist.
Uncommon Beauty Gallery, New York 2018