Altos de Chavon

Interview with Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio, Altos de Chavón Artist-in-Residence

Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio

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Tatiano Rubio arteThere is no doubt that the Altos de Chavón School of Art and Design in Casa de Campo is a very special place. Not only do they do a fantastic job with the education provided to the students, but they also have an “Artists in Residence” program, which is when the Altos de Chavón School of Art and Design receives artists from all over the world for a three and a half month residence.

The “Artists-In-Residence” program ran by the Altos de Chavón School of Art and Design emphasizes the importance of cultural exchange in the art world, something which is extremely beneficial for the student’s education.

Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio

Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio Tatiana is an outstanding artist who has studied in Mexico, Italy and USA.

Graduated  with a Cum Laude at the New York Academy of Arts in Painting Concentration in 2011 and with a Summa Cum Laude at the University of San Diego in California , studying Arts History and Visual Arts on 2005.

Tatiana is definitely a role model for the upcoming artists. She has also won awards and important recognitions like the Academic Honors Award in Art History and Academic Honors Awards in Visual Arts in the University of San Diego, California in 2009.

Here we bring you a short interview with this talented and fine artist.

@cdcliving: What is your inspiration?

My inspiration for making art are two things, one is the experience of the creative act and where it takes me internally, and the other is the dialogue it creates externally.

@cdcliving: Do you have a favorite piece?

My favorite piece is always the one I am working on. If I am not in love with what I am doing then it doesn’t work out, that is usually the way I know if something is going to be successful.

@cdcliving:Is there an artist you relate to? 

Yes, many. This is why I decided to get a degree in art history as well as in fine arts. Because I knew that my art work would be constantly informed by it. The artists I look at change depending on what I am working on, both aesthetically and conceptually. Now I am looking at Michaël Borremans, Adrien Ghenie, Andres Serrano and Diego Velazquez, but as I said it is constantly changing.

@cdcliving: What’s the best thing about being an artist? 

Not having a boss.

@cdcliving: Is there a purpose to your artwork? 

Making it.

Tatiana Rubio-Ortiz arte

@cdcliving: How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently? 

That is what art is about once it leaves the artist’s studio, interpretation and reinterpretation.

@cdcliving: What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

To be honest and to always be uncomfortable. If one is comfortable one stops searching and exploring. For your work to develop you must find something that you have an honest interest in exploring, wether it is conceptual or aesthetical, and be in a constant state of inquiry.

@cdcliving: Tell us a little about what you will be exhibiting at the Artists-in-Residence exhibit opening on November 14th.

In the series of paintings I will exhibit I am exploring that almost undetectable state of existence in between realities that exists only in moments of transition. They are fleeting moments that our minds have no time to grasp rationally and are only left to our senses. They are therefore experiences that are solely our own and indivisible from our circumstances which we mostly ignore. Yet as we become conscious of them, and even if they last only for an instant, they can take us beyond ourselves into those realms of the inexplainable human experience.

@cdcliving: How have you enjoyed your experience in Altos de Chavón so far?

Immensely! From the first day I got here I fell in love with the country and the people. It has been an incredible experience to travel to so many places since I’ve been here, I have been able to go to Samaná, Los Haitises, Monte Cristi, Parque del Este, Bayahibe, etc.

Tatiana Rubio-Ortiz

@cdciving: What have you learnt from the students? And what have you been able to teach them?

I have learned as much as I have taught them, all the research I’ve done for the class has informed my work as much as theirs. They are an amazing group of artists, and the dialogue we have created has inspired me, I will miss them very much.

@cdcliving: How would you describe Altos de Chavón and more specifically the artistic experience at the Altos de Chavón School of Art and Design?

My experience living and working in the school has been an amazing discovery. Chavon breathes, eats, and smells art, that is my favorite part, because of where and how it is situated you get a complete submergence in art and creation. You truly have a cultural treasure here.

The Artists-in-Residence exhibit will be opening soon on the 14th of November at The Gallery in Altos de Chavón.

Inauguration of the “Artists-in-Residence” art exhibit

When: Thursday November 14th, 7:30pm

Where: The Gallery, Altos de Chavón

Contact: 809-523-8470

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