Sophia Tristán’s art explores identity, essence, duality and balance between the inner and outer world.
Sophia Tristán was born in 1988 in San José, Costa Rica. She received a Bachelor´s in Communication with emphasis in Creative communication and Public Relations from Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia and has recently completed her M.F.A. in December, 2017 from the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, United States. Recent exhibitions include 57th Venice Biennale Artist Residency, Venice, Italy (2017), Who is She Pop-up Group Show, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, United States (2017), SFAI MFA Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, United States (2018), Todos Latinos, Group Exhibition, Galería Baga06, Mexico City (2018), Anhelos de un Último Día, Solo Show, Galería Talentum, San Jose, Costa Rica (2019), Democracy Lab opening, America Free Zone, San José, Costa Rica (2019), Solo Show Galería Matíces, San José, Costa Rica (2020-2021).
Identity, the constant inward and outward search for an authenticity and consciousness that is only found in nature is examined here through personal, familial and cultural distinctiveness. The paintings I create, which surround a subject matter with the natural world, have become a way for me to gain physical and emotional agency. I attempt to connect what many of us as humans share; which is the body and the need to connect with nature as a primary element to understand ourselves as a person and society. In the times that we have had to live, we have realized more and more the great importance of the natural world, how necessary it is to take care of it and that without a doubt, we are not its owners. It is a daily reminder to give the environment the importance, respect and love it deserves.
How does the theme ‘Biosphere’ play a role in your work?
“We are a part of nature not apart from it”
The paintings I create, which surround a subject matter with the natural world, attempt to connect what many of us as humans share; which is the body and the need to connect with nature as a primary element to understand ourselves as a person, society but mainly, as a whole.
Biosphere doesn’t just play a role in my work. It Is my work. I create art as a way to communicate that when we hurt nature, we hurt ourselves; we are part of it. As such we need to give the it the importance, respect and love it deserves. We are all nature.
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