About the artist
Bio: My name is Veronica Huacuja (o̅o̅-ä-co̅o̅-hä) (1958). I am a painter that was born and lives in Mexico. I got to know my vocation as a painter since childhood. I found this initial capacity with astonishment and delight (the rest comes with work, as we know). Some of my artistic influences are the Pre-Columbian sculpture with its awesome geometry, Mexican painters, such as Jose Clemente Orozco, David A. Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, among others. The European and American art are my artistic influences, too. It is important to mention that my work has a very strong influence from Francis Bacon's oeuvre. The pictorial currents of my work are figurative and abstract. The mediums and techniques of my choice are oil on canvas and on paper. I like this medium because it permits me to achieve strong strokes and saturated hues. Nevertheless, sometimes I use acrylic. The formats with which, for the moment I feel most comfortable using, are small (9.4 by 12.6") and medium (39.3 by 31.5"). The man and its precarious condition (temporality, decay, illness...) is the centerpiece of my work.
Education: I am an Industrial Designer (1977-1981). As a student I took drawing classes, mostly oriented to represent massive products. During my lifetime I have participated in many workshops painting the human body. I have been a drawing and a painting teacher as well.
Events: PAINTING COMPETITIONS -Institutions: Roche Laboratories, National Council of Culture and Arts, through the National Institute of Fine Arts. Competition: "The Art Line: Obesity". Year: 1999. My artistic work for this competition was selected for this exhibition throughout Mexican cities. -Institution: Monterrey Museum, FEMSA. Competition: IV FEMSA Monterrey Biennial. Year: 1999. My submitted artwork for this competition was selected. Institution: National Institute of Fine Arts and the Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City). Competition: II Biennial Johnnie Walker. Year: 2000. I was a participant in this competition. -Institution: National Council for Culture and the Arts. Competition: Festival of Video and Electronic Arts: VIDARTE. Year: 1999. My artistic work for this competition was selected in the category of Multimedia: "Sea and Desert". -Institution: Grupo Reforma. Competition: Fourth Art Exhibition. Year: 2014. I was a participant in this competition. -Institution: Artist's Magazine. Competition: Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition 2018 Year: 2018. Participant in this competition which results will get to know further on this year. -Institution: Rufino Tamayo Museum. Competition: Tamayo Biennial XVIII - 2017 Year: 2018 I was a participant in this competition. -Institution: J.A. Monroy Foundation. Competition: Biennial J.A. Monroy Year: 2018. Participant in this competition which results will get to know further on this year. WORK DONATION -Donation to the Patrimony Collection of the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (1999-2000). Artistic work: "Prosthesis II". Created: 2000 Media: Mixed on canvas. Dimensions: 64 by 68 cm. PUBLICATIONS -Institution: National Council for Culture and the Arts Year: 1999. Book: "Homage to the pencil". Published by the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum, First Edition. -Arts of Mexico (art magazine). No. 51. Year: May 2000 Edition. An article was written by Guillermo Samperio: "Nothing and Flesh". Mexico on Walls (magazine specialized in the art). Volume 1, No. 1. "New painters in Mexico". Year: 2000. SCHOLARSHIPS Candidate to the triannual Scholarship of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts 2018, in the Discipline of Visual Arts, with Specialty in Painting. Year: 2018. Participant in this competition which results will get to know further on this year. HUMAN FIGURE DRAWING CLASSES -Institution: Universidad Anahuac. Year: 1999. I gave human figure drawing and painting classes to students of Graphic Design Degree, 3rd. Semester. Year: 1999.
Exibitions: INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONs Place: Jose Luis Cuevas Museum (2000). Exhibition’s title: "Human Meat Market" by Jose Luis Cuevas, Cesar Martinez and Veronica Huacuja. Type of exhibition: Collective. Year: 2000. -Place: Gandhi Bookstores. Type of exhibitions: Two collective and two individual exhibitions. Years: From 1980 to 1982. -Place: House of Culture of the State of Tabasco. Exhibition’s title: "Nine lines". Type of exhibition: Collective. Year: 2000. -Place: Universidad Anahuac. Exhibition’s title: "The double look". Type of exhibition: Individual. Year: 2000.