Toña Vegas (Caracas, Venezuela) is a multidisciplinary artist, currently developing site-specific three-dimensional metal works for both urban and private spaces in the city of Caracas and the US, often in collaboration with architects and engineers. She also works in the mediums of photography, collage, watercolor and painting. Her solo shows include galleries in Caracas, The Clemente Center, NYC, ADD Gallery in Hudson, NY and Espace-Zafra in Paris, France. Her group exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, Museum of Fine Arts and Carlos Cruz Diez Museum, Caracas, the University of Los Andes, Mérida Venezuela, among other galleries in Venezuela, as well as in Contemporary Latin American Art, Pocket Book Factory, Hudson, NY, and Strassbourg Art Fair, France.
Presently she is part of the multidisciplinary team for the creation of the Center for Cultural Action, as part of an urban development in one of the most notorious and violent slums in the city of Caracas, La Bombilla, Petare. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Museo Alejandro Otero (2001), as well as a founding member of an art, education and culture NGO, Guaraira-Repano Asociados (1996). She taught Art in the School of Architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolívar (1998-99), and Color at the IUESAPAR (1980-2001). Vegas‘ work has been published and reviewed in catalogues (Threads and Foundations, Water, The form of time, Universe of Silence, Inventory/takes), art magazines (Hudson River Art, Hudson, NY, Contrabando, Caracas), digital magazines (Viceversa magazine, NYC, Analítica.com) and newspapers (El Universal, El Mundo, El Nacional, Caracas, Register Star, Hudson, NY).
I consider myself an explorer of the tissue of life, which implies an attitude of constant observation of the different dimensions we live in. My work is the materialization of this attitude of keen observation and reflection.
I once had a vision, in which I experienced with great clarity how each one of us, human beings, weaves our own pattern, organic and subtle that in turn is related to the tissue created by others. This particular configuration develops in layers and complexities, yet its basic structure is drawn in a similar pattern (or design). Just as the sea, the sand, the earth, the stones share a similar configuration, thus the subtle weavings we create in this life interconnect us.
The use of media depends on the focus of the work. Photography, oil paint, collage, watercolors, computer programs are media that I pick to develop a certain vision, which manifests in bi- dimensional works.
In the three-dimensional structures I usually utilize rusted or painted iron and mirror-finish stainless steel on which organic shapes are perforated. I set out to create an inner space I perceive as intangible, vulnerable and veiled, to be experienced through a series of reflections and perforations that reveal, distort, multiply and reinvent the reality around it. The interior space, always relevant in my two-dimensional works, is now the core of the three-dimensional pieces.