The paintings of Trinidad Urzúa pulsate with intense energy, vibrant color, and bold brush strokes. Inspired by the Symbolists, as well as the Italian transavantgarde movement, Urzúa’s work is allegorical and derived from dreams and mythology. “For me a lotus flower has a mystical meaning, as does everything in nature,” she says. Her colors are chosen with care, based on their vibrations and the emotions they conjure. While Urzúa’s work is deeply personal and occasionally obscure, its beauty and inventiveness pull the viewers in, inviting them to explore and apply their own meaning and experiences to her paintings.
Born in Santiago, Chile, Urzúa lives near the Andes Mountains and is influenced by both the history of her country and the local environment. She often relies on the natural world around her as a safe haven to retreat into, saying that her feelings for nature represent how she feels about everything: spirituality, life, and even herself. It's for this reason that nature plays such a significant role in her work, and it's Urzúa's hope that her paintings convey the amazement of what surrounds us.