About

rvarana1I was born in Lima, Peru. I began my studio art training as a child at a private art academy in Miraflores (Lima) and continued painting from then on. At Vassar College, I studied world art history with Professors Linda Nochlin, Christine Havelock, and Leila Barber. At Princeton University, I began systematic study of Near Eastern cultures (especially Persian and Arabic). In 1998, I enrolled in the Corcoran School of Art (Washington, D. C.) to participate in professional sessions of constructive critique with painter Pat Mercer Hutchens. In 1998-1999, I began my three-year path of formal training in Chinese brush painting with master watercolorist Helen Sze. Today, art is my full-time occupation. I live and paint in Potomac, Maryland; Madison County, Virginia; Sun Valley, Idaho; and Lima, Peru. I am a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, U.K.

Artist�s Statement

� Many of my latest paintings celebrate pivotal events within diverse cultural histories and mythologies�events that I believe are still relevant to all of us. For those works, I pull creatively from associated (historical) styles of representation, including, most recently, Inuit, Hindu, Mughal and Sufi imagery. In a separate series of paintings, I am putting an iconic spin on the representation of some of my favorite flora and fauna. Yet another series revels in topographical landforms that I love. For those paintings, I generally merge visual impressions captured en plein air with methods of denotation that are more emblematic than photorealistic.

� I strive to express my zest for living on this splendidly endowed planet by condensing my�observations into iconic arrangements. I hope in this way to share my passion for vibrant pictorial�depictions of Earth and her passengers�current as well as bygone.

� I work in oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, silk dyes and fired porcelain. I feel equally at home�working on paper, canvas, silk, and china.

� Because I enjoy collaborating with patrons, I have also done commissioned pieces, primarily�portraits in oils but also embellished furniture and wearable silk items, and I welcome the�challenge�and fun�of painting what a wide diversity of patrons order.

Selected Exhibits, Prizes, and Representation

� Juried Group Exhibit, Moscoso Gallery, Washington, DC. November 1995.

� Solo Art Exhibit, Toast and Strawberries, Washington, DC. March 1996.

� Scaled to Art, Juried Group Exhibit, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Rockville, MD. June-August�1996.

� Juried Group Exhibit, Chevy Chase Center, Montgomery County Art Association (MCAA). June�1996.

� Drawing for Art, Juried Group Exhibit, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Rockville, MD. Sept.-Oct.�1996.

� Juried Group Exhibit, Black Rock Arts Center, Gaithersburg, MD.

� Paint the City, Juried Group Exhibit, Municipal Center, Kensington, MD. (Third Place, Oils)

� Journeys in Art, MCAA Juried Members Exhibition, WSSC Bldg., Laurel, MD. July 1997. (Best in�Show)

� Juried MCAA Group Exhibit, C & O Canal, Potomac, MD. Oct. 1996 & 1997. (Two 3rd prizes)

� Solo Pavilion, Rockville Music and Arts Festival, Rockville City Center. September 2004.

� Represented by the Moscoso Gallery, Washington, DC. 1995-1996.

� Alla Rogers Art Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC. 1995-1997.

� The Page Klune Art Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho. 1998-2002.

Works in Private Collections

� Six Stories, traditional dye technique on 11� x 60� silk, a painting commissioned by the�Howard University Department of English for presentation to Nobel Prize winning novelist�Toni Morrison, on the occasion of the Heart�s Day Gala in Dr. Morrison�s honor, March 1995, Collection of Toni Morrison, Princeton, NJ.

� Images from Blacks, traditional dye technique on 36� x 36� silk, painting commissioned by the�Howard University Department of English for presentation to writer Gwendolyn Brooks on the�occasion of Heart�s Day Gala in her honor, February 1997, Collection of the estate of Gwendolyn�Brooks.

� Achebe�s World I and Achebe�s World II, traditional dye on 36� x 36� silk, two paintings�commissioned by the Howard University Department of English for presentation to novelist�Chinua Achebe, on the occasion of the Heart�s Day Gala in his honor, February 1998, Collection�of the estate of Chinua Achebe.

� Brownstones for Paule Marshall, traditional dye on 36� x 36� silk, painting commissioned by the�Howard University Department of English for presentation to Ms. Marshall on the occasion of�the Heart�s Day Gala in her honor, February 1999, Collection of Paule Marshall.

� Baldwin in Chartres Cathedral, in oils on canvas 40� x 40�, portrait of writer James Baldwin,�commissioned by the Howard University Department of English for presentation to the family�of the late James Baldwin on the occasion of the Heart�s Day Gala in his honor, February 2000, Collection of the James Baldwin family.

� Inuit Dream Hunt, 24� x 30� mixed media, watercolor and acrylics on Arches rag paper, 2002,�Collection of the City of Rockville, MD.

� Olmstead�s Island in an Italian Light, 40� x 40� oil painting on canvas, 2002, Collection of Robert�Shusterman, Washington, D.C.

� Olmstead�s Island Chiaroscuro, 40� x 40� oil painting on canvas, 2002, Collection of Maestro�Ichiro Masatoshi Mitsumoto and Lorene S. Sarne, Rockville, MD.

� Spring Scholar and Winter Wood Gatherer, a set of two 11� x 36� Chinese brush paintings,�watercolor on rough rice papers, 2003, Collection of Carolyn T. Brown and Timothy Eastman,�Silver Spring, MD.

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