Maca Suazo

Artist Statement

My paintings explore the autobiographical relationship between memory, emotion and imagination.· I am interested in painting as a process of discovery.· As I work into a composition I explore the materials that transform the memories into imagination, where the elements intertwined into abstraction, where memories seem to “appear” on the ink as I work the drawing into a painting.


Maca was born in Vina del Mar, Chile.· She did a Bachelor of Education at UPLA, Valparaiso while painting in abstracted explorations and performing in a theatre company.· Immediately after finishing her B.Ed., she was accepted in La Mancha International Theatre School of Gesture and Image in Santiago, graduating in 1997.· The following year, she immigrated to Canada.· She continued performing for several years but increasingly found her way back to painting.· After moving to Vancouver, she found that the materials and the process of painting was more meaningful to her than acting.· She moved back to Ontario where she went back to school as a mature student.· Maca has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Waterloo.

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