Narda Zapata (born: La Paz, 1981) graduated in plastic arts from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and has a master’s degree in contemporary art history from the Universidad Metropolitana de Caracas. From 2005 to 2008 she attended seminars with Roberto Valcárcel. In 2007 she founded the Aschoy she founded the Aschoy collective, and in 2008 she was assistant to Jannis Kounellis on a project at the former railway station in La Paz. Her work stems from a reflection on the body, taken as a place of exploration, experimentation, provocation and the origin of language. Alongside the importance of the body is an intercultural vision matched by a multi-lingual approach that leads her to use painting, video, sound, performance, sculpture, intervention in public space and installation. Convinced that every culture is the result of exchanges, Zapata always starts from the traditions or customs of her country to then compare them with those of other societies. Eddy Camejo, Lorena Gonzales Ineco, Efraín Ortuño, Nicholas Petrus, Antonello Tolve, to name just a few, have written about her.
Her works are in public and private collections in Bolivia, Japan, Italy, Venezuela and the USA. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Colour. Pensamiento Palabras y Obras (Caracas 2020), UpCycle (Residenza delle Arti, Berne 2022), Fantasie di avvicinamento. Artists in Dialogo with Venanzo Crocetti (Crocetti Museum, Rome 2022), Points of View (Kunsthalle West, Merano 2022), Io nel Pensier mi Fingo (Casa Leopardi, Recanati 2022), Arteam Cup (Fortezza del Priamar, Savona 2022).
“ Img. Caracas #1” 2019 , tecnica mista su cartone / mixed media on cardboard – cm 216 x 144
“La búsqueda del pelicano perdido” 2012 , legno scolpito / carved wood – cm 30 x 20
“Los Barrios #1” 2022 , tecnica mista su carta / mixed media on paper – cm 30 x 13
“No Amaràs en silencio ( fragmentos) 2019 , petali di rosa su labirinto di carta /rose petals on paper labyrinth – cm 15 x 21
“Sutura #1” 2019, tecnica mista su carta / mixed media on paper – cm 40 x 67
“Fragmento # 10” 2022 , tecnica mista su carta / mixed media on paper – cm 15 x 21
“Img. Caracas 2019#3” 2022, tecnica mista su cartone / mixed media on cardboard – cm 60 x 80
“Img.Caracas #4” 2022, tecnica mista su cartone / mixed media on cardboard – cm 60 x 80
“A cuore aperto”, 2017 – 2018 / installato views – Foundation Filiberto e Bianca Menna ( Roma)
“Il cuore”, 2013 – 2015, dal ciclo Opere Leggiadre, merletto ad ago di Burano / from che cycle Opere Leggiadre, aurano needle late – dimensioni organiche dell’artista / organic dimensions of the artist .