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Tere Casas

Visual artist and graphic designer graduate of Universidad Anahuac (2000) in Mexico City. Besides her university program, she studied professional printmaking techniques on the side. Casas has worked with several well-known Mexican artists and designers like Guillermo Pacheco, Sergio Hernández, y Fernando Sandoval. She studied art market and techniques at Parsons School of Design, New York, to strengthen her artistic practice. Her first solo shows were in Mexico City, but she was soon invited to group shows within Mexico and internationally. Her artworks belong to many private and institutional collections, like the American British Cowdray Medical Center in Mexico City.

She uses abstraction to create gestures with short, fast brush strokes, paint splashes, dripping, and transparencies that suggest everyday life as this complex arena of chaos and uncertainty. Every series belongs to personal research that questions that appeal to emotions and life dilemmas that can only find reply or solace in the resilient creation that comes from confronting them. Some of her subject matters have been the cities as a place for encounters and enrichment, words as visual meaning, and still life as a personal and collective symbol creator.

She works mainly with acrylic and mixed media on canvas and wood panels. She takes advantage of the bold color contrasts that acrylic paint offers and has found this to be linked to her Mexican identity since she moved her practice to the United States. Color has also made her reflect on the idea of origin and identity as background ideas in her series. The color contrast for her represents the way emotions appear and overwhelm us suddenly but eventually build unforgettable moments and worthwhile memories. For her, abstract art portrays emotion and transforms nostalgic events of life into resilient bursts of color and strokes to coexist with the spaces they are in and the everyday lives of people that pass by.

She lives and works in Austin, Texas.

(Mexico City, 1977)