"Be ready to listen to yourself and know yourself."
Artist Paola Oxoa on returning to painting later in life and the Colombian museum that sparked her curiosity of art.
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Below, meet auction artist Paola Oxoa.
Paola as a young artist, 1982
Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?
I remember relishing the freedom and energy that I experienced when making art as a child.
What advice would you give to young artists who wish to pursue an art practice?
Be ready to listen to yourself and know yourself.
How does working with children inspire you?
It reminds me to stay loose and funny.
When did you first know you were going to be an artist?
I didn't know that I would return to art as an adult over and over. I avoided being an artist many times and one way or another, the artmaking in me won't let me avoid it. I think deep inside I have always known that I would be a painter later in life...that time is approaching.
Can you describe a formative experience visiting a museum or gallery?
I visited El Museo de Oro in Bogota, Colombia when I was a kid. It gave me a sense of time I didn't have before. I also started forming ideas of the way art functions in society.
acryla-gouache on canvas over panel