Nela Garzón

Nela Garzón’s art is driven by her admiration of cultural diversity. Her work encompasses topics
such as colonialism, racism, and migration, presenting a juxtaposition and hybridity of cultures as a critical outcome of the ethnocentrism of dominant societies.

Often learning traditional techniques, which she adopts and modifies, Garzón researches folk art and handcrafts from around the globe and explores the effects of acculturation. Her goal is to create awareness about the importance of ancestral cultures and to promote pride in minorities, as well as an embracement of immigrants, refugees, and a pluricultural world.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Garzón holds a BVA from the Javeriana University. In Colombia, she exhibited at the 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas and 4to Salón de Arte Bidimensional. Her work has been shown around the U.S. and has been recognized through awards and grants, including a first-place award at the Assistance League of Houston’s Texas Show (2019), a LIFTS grant (2020), a commission by the MFAH for a temporary sculpture that was showcased in the Cullen Sculpture Garden (2022), a Jones Artist Award from the Houston
Endowment (2023), and a local residency at PAC. Her work is part of the West Collection and the Creixell Art Collection.

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Nela’s residency was generously sponsored in part by James & Molly Crownover.