2021 Artist

Carolina Leiva Ureta

“Harlem means to live with style and to contribute to a culture of care”. These paintings aim to embrace the value of local shops and places that mean so many things to Harlem, from an old childhood memory to a daily morning walk.

Biography

She is a Chilean social worker with experience in public services. During her professional path, she found art as a novel and impactful language to advocate for social justice. Through watercolor, ink, and graphite this visual artist has created works related to nature, endangered animals and is currently working on the protection of patrimonial buildings and landscapes. Her work has been exhibited in The Art School of New York, Macy Art Gallery of Teachers College, and The Poe Park Visitor Center Gallery in New York City.

Artist Statement

Walking through the neighborhood I once read a mural that said: “Harlem means to live with style and to contribute to a culture of care”. With its local shops, brown houses, and Latin music, Harlem has become my home too. These paintings aim to embrace the value of local shops and places that mean so many things to Harlem, from an old childhood memory to a daily morning walk. As gentrification hits the neighborhood it becomes imperative to re-significate its historical buildings and protect shops that have contributed so much to this culture of care.

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