VAEA Art Store
VAEA Art Store is a collection of remarkable, unique artworks curated by Mariela Saad El Homsi. This year, we will be showcasing a culturally rich body of artwork for the first time. We have sourced multidisciplinary artists from across four countries to exhibit their works. The landmark art sale will provide an opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to focus on the ideas and aesthetics contained within these works.
Curating VAEA’s Art Store, I was honored to take a more in-depth look at the career and work of these remarkable artists. With the inclusion of sixteen pieces from seven artists from different countries and rich multicultural backgrounds, this is a unique and diverse breadth of work on display. The artists included in this year’s sale address different themes from global and local perspectives, using intuitive, creative, and pragmatic approaches.
With the encouragement and support of Chairman Ali Cordero Casal, I am thrilled to share these artworks with you online. VAEA Art Store is particularly special, as it marks the 31st anniversary of the Venezuelan-American Endowment for the Arts. Recognizing Architecture as an art form, the foundation will bestow the Paez Medal medal to two distinguished architects from the United States of America and Venezuela; Frank Gehry & James Alcock.
I am proud to share and celebrate these outstanding architects by curating the selection of works for VAEA’s Art Store. I hope that the virtual collection of works gives you a sense of how brilliant the artists are and that you get the opportunity to acquire their work and support the development of VAEA New Rochelle Arts Center.
Mariela Saad D. El Homsi
About the artists
Fernández’s creation is an explosion of colors and texture. His abstract work is the product of a long period of development and evolvement of intense thoughts based on his artistic experiences (26 Years). With Exhibitions around the world, including Latin America, Miami, NYC, Spain, Seoul, Beijing. Gustavo Fernandez is positioned as one of the most relevant visual artists of the moment. The artist defines his work as a devotion to inner beauty, color emotions, the fervor of spirit, and a spiritual desire inner necessity. He defines himself as an artwork that never ends.
Narváez was a Venezuelan sculptor. After he graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Caracas (1922-1928), Narváez moved to Paris to study sculpture at the Julian Academy (1928-1931). In 1931, he returns to his home country and opens his workshop. Narváez taught sculpture and modeling at the new Escuela de Bellas Artes in Caracas and served as the director of the institution.
Throughout his career, Narváez’s style evolved from figuration to progressively pure abstraction. A vital ethnic component characterizes Narváez’s work, and he made extensive use of local materials. He has exhibited widely (including an important exhibition in 1977 at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Caracas). He is also well represented in a series of public and architectural monuments in Caracas and other Venezuelan cities.
Artist Biography & Factsfrancisco narvaez. Francisco Narvaez – Biography. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.askart.com/artist/Francisco_Narvaez/11057170/Francisco_Narvaez.aspx
Manuel De La Fuente Muñoz
De La Fuente made significant contributions to art and culture. His work proposes a critical approach to the multiple forms of dehumanization in modern society and cultures.
De La Fuente began his academic career at the Antonio Esteban Frías School as a drawing and sculpture teacher and the Experimental Art Center of the Universidad de Los Andes as a graphic expression and design professor. For more than 45 years, he worked with clay, marble, bronze, and resin in his workshop located on the outskirts of the Andean city.
The Virgin of Peace (1983), located at 1700 meters above sea level, is one of his most relevant pieces.
Manuel de la Fuente/ “Manuel de la Fuente, escultor … (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2021, from http://saber.ula.ve/bitstream/handle/123456789/25788/1980_noticias_resenas.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Duncan’s work is a negotiation of the disconnection between the physical and metaphysical state of consciousness and how we relate to it through culture and history. Through painting, sculpture, installation, and performative machines, Duncan attempts to reconcile the disconnection. It will always exist through different theories and cultural practices which create grand ideas, whether religion, physics literature, myth, or science fiction. He uses these ideas as building blocks in a timeline that he has created, making a complete scenario of all-encompassing things, thus inventing its legend.
Zhivago Duncan. (n.d.). Retrieved December 11, 2021,
Guillermet is particularly interested in color and its emotional effects, how we perceive color in the landscape, architecture, and public spaces.
Based in San José, Costa Rica, and Geneva, Switzerland, she has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Guillermet has held solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in Costa Rica, Switzerland, and France. She was awarded the National Prize of Painting of Costa Rica in 2006.
Alonso’s work is about self-recognition in body-object duality as a temporary state. This recognition happens when the body relates to the world.
He considers that our physical representation is an unstable material structure. This latent corporal entity is mutable; it can take any form. However, we keep its shape because it denotes identity.
How we relate to our body — how we perceive it and feel it — directly affects how we appreciate other objects. We are like sponges, and sometimes we absorb so much until our size increases, and we forget our original shape.
Talking about what we feel can be difficult, but sometimes we feel things so strongly that we cannot think about anything else but our bodies.
Mark Ollinger’s work examines the linear progression of time, mapping the trajectory of a conscious experience as it weaves through space and time. Ollinger creates sculptural works and paintings out of wood, fibres and other materials to highlight a singular line folding over and under itself, describing both symmetry and hidden language. The continuous line acts as a symbol for multiple systems and meanings such as calendars, historical timelines, charts, compasses, transit and roads, or depictions of natural systems.
Tomas Opitz was born in 1971 in Caracas – Venezuela, in a family of Hungarian origins. He graduated from Architecture at the Universidad Central de Venezuela from 1991 to 1996. Tomas had several masters during his photographic experiences, such as Leo Reinfeld and Ricardo Ferreira.
Cristina Matos-Albers is a photographer and visual artist from Caracas, Venezuela.
As an artist, she is interested in detail, structure, and form, and her work frequently experiments with the fine line between registry and art. Cristina conceives light as a subject and not as means by which a photographer creates an image. She has photographed extensively across Europe and the Americas and participates in important art fairs and exhibitions internationally.
Jesús Matheus has studied the art of print-making for more than 48 years. His paintings and drawings’ linear and textual layers reflect his graphic background.
Matheus’s works evoke a history taken from the artist’s research on culture and ethnicity, his expeditions throughout South America, and other personal experiences. He cites modern Latin American artists such as Joaquín Torres-García and Wifredo Lam and indigenous and pre-Columbian craft and folk art as solid influences on his geometrically minimalist artistic production.
Source: Jesús Matheus – Cecilia de Torres. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://www.ceciliadetorres.com/pdf/artbio_15_2.pdf
Born and raised in New York, Charlie Nesi claims to be nothing more than another product of his environment. Coming from a fashion and art background, his works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement that we observe daily. Through exploring color, text, abstraction, and figuration, Nesi draws on various visual styles, ultimately reflecting upon the inherent vanity disguised behind the smoke and mirrors. In his latest work, with a minimalist abstract approach, the artist works unconventional ways to explore different materials to create sculpture-driven fine art. Nesi weaves together societal issues with forgotten materials—often the backbone of Mexican material culture.