Vanessa Cuartas

Reunited
Acrylic on Canvas
24x36 in.
2018
Stubborn
Acrylic on Canvas
30x40 in.
2018
Fierce
Acrylic on Canvas
18x24 in.
2018
Through the Fire
Acrylic on Canvas
36x30 in.
2018
Family
Acrylic on Canvas
30x40 in.
2018
Fate of the Wild
Acrylic on Canvas
30x40 in.
2018

Vanessa is an artist with a Colombian background originally from Miami, now living in Toronto. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Central Florida with an emphasis in graphic design, and later received an Art Direction Diploma from Miami Ad School.  Throughout her school years and her personal time, Vanessa always found time to paint as much as she could. 

As a designer by day and artist at night- her passion for painting grew stronger in the recent years when she moved to Toronto. She was new to the city and therefore did not know a lot of people, so she decided to do what she loved in her pastime, paint. She always struggled with what subject to paint as the only thing she really loved were horses. Until this past year she decided to follow her instinct and paint horses in her own unique modern contemporary art style, and found an audience that appreciates it. With her bold colorful pieces that convey movement and a lot of positive energy, you can be sure her art will attract anyone’s eye.

As an artist people always ask me why I paint so many horses and what entices me to paint them with such vigor and determination. Well, anyone who knows me knows that I have so much passion for these creatures. They were a big part of my childhood. Horseback riding lessons were also a gift that my father gave me before he passed away. He showed me how amazing these animals can be and the wild hearts they have. As time passes, things change and even though I don’t have any horses right now in my life, my soul has always been tied to them.

Painting horses reminds me of the freedom and energy I feel when riding and by simply being around them. It allows me to have a piece of my heart in all of my paintings and gives me the chance to be close to my father, always. I paint my horses in acrylics in a modern/contemporary style. I often paint with bold colors to convey energy and movement throughout the paintings. 

As an artist, I just want to keep growing and learning. For me, it’s important to learn with every work I make and continue demonstrating the passion that I feel in every painting I make.