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Fabiola "la india" Gámez Sculptor

Fabiola Gámez is a Venezuelan sculptor born in Caracas on February 25, 1983, currently residing in her hometown.
Today he takes us on a journey through his beautiful and detailed work that has a very special concept and original meaning.

Astrid: How long have you been making sculptures?

Fabiola: From an early age I started in the art of sculpture and clay modeling. I belong to the third generation of potters by matriarchal lineage so from a very young age, I have a beautiful relationship with the land.

Astrid: What concept do you use in your works?

Fabiola: Concepts such as the hybrid, the sacred, allegories of power (head, horn, tail, hip, headdress), myth, movement, the animal, the ritual.
From the formal plastic point of view, the study of volume, texture, line, contour is present. As for the color I work with the saturation of the color.

Astrid: What materials do you use?

The favorite material is clay. However, I also work with bone, resin, wood and cement.

Astrid: How many hours a day do you dedicate to your art?

Fabiola: Sculpture requires a lot of time, so I am very disciplined I set myself schedules and divide it between research and work in the workshop. Taking times of rest and recreation. It would be 8 hours a day.

Astrid: Did you study for this academically or self-taught?

Fabiola: My beginnings are ancestral; I grew up in a group of potters and then I studied at the Cristóbal Rojas School of Visual Arts, then higher studies at the university institute ‘Armando Reveron’ then I specialized in Museology at the Central University of Venezuela. Creation in art is a continuous preparation. You are always learning.

Astrid: Have your works been exhibited nationally?

Fabiola: Yes in different museums how: The Museum of African Art, there I present my first individual then I was in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, recently in the National Art Gallery and with an anthological exhibition in the Alejandro Otero Museum. I have participated in different collectives nationally and internationally such as the art institute of California CalART.

Astrid: Which country would you like to take your sculptures to?

Fabiola: I would like to take my sculptures as a contemporary indigenous artist to France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Japan.

Astrid: Do you think your art has an impact on society?

Fabiola: My work can be understood from several points of view how from the social approach the issue of indigenous communities. It is a call to society for the respect and permanence of native cultures in terms of the right to land, fauna, flora, water.

Astrid: For you, what do you think could boost culture more in Venezuela?

Fabiola: Making visible the new generations of creators, providing them with material, economic support, that is an important point because it is the new generations who have the responsibility to give continuity to what has already been created and present new ways of appreciating the art.

Astrid: What other trades do you have besides being a sculptor?

Fabiola: Currently, apart from being a sculptor and ceramist, I work with photo-performance, I am a researcher in pre-Hispanic art and I develop in the area of art curatorship. I am a Capoeira teacher with the Senzala group.

Many thanks to Fabiola for telling us part of her work as a sculptor, here below I will leave you the information about her current exhibitions in case you want to go for a walk there:

Place: National Art Gallery (GAN) in Caracas.
Name of the exhibition: “Scorched Earth Sacred Bodies.

Place: Alejandro Otero de la Rinconada Museum. Caracas.
Name of the exhibition: Uriji Jami and the animal soul anthological exhibition.

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