Mara Szyp

Painter & illustrator


Mara was born in 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At a very young age she showed aptitude and interest for the arts in general. Through her young adult years, she always dreamed to travel and so she did. She focused in discovering Argentina first and then she traveled to Spain and around United States of America. She lived in Los Angeles for some years and then she made her way to Victoria, BC Canada, where she made this beautiful island her home. Today having her studio surrounded by nature in Sooke, BC. A life after cancer Mara is a cancer survivor. But to say that she is a cancer survivor is an understatement. She has had to overcome many obstacles and as she struggled with those obstacles, she found art to be the only medium to be able to express what she was feeling. Mara fought a battle against two unrelated cancers and she came out from the other side, with scars, yes, but also with an unmeasurable strength. Resilient. Today Mara is an independent, creative, accomplished and unique artist, that looks beyond the confines of four walls for her inspiration. You can see this in some of her art works where she utilizes the sea, female forms, animals and eyes as some of the tools to describe a feeling. The birth of her art Sometimes when she can't sleep she dreams with herself painting, so she gets up and she goes into her studio as it is the place she is the most comfortable and where she feels alive. She paints with acrylics, watercolours & inks and oils

Artist Statement

Many times, in my life, I had to pack up and move and reinvent myself but there was always a voice in the back of my head that would whisper “keep seeking” and then life changes right in front of my eyes, and like following dance moves I didn’t know I knew… that voice sang “You are home” I paint to free myself of the chains around me, my body and my mind. Specially to shatter the chains around my soul. When I am birthing a new art piece, it expresses who I was while morphing into who I will become. I create art because it feeds my heart and gives me a purpose. The colours I choose chose me, just as the music influences my aura, the colours I paint speak for themselves. In my portraits I see through their eyes, in my nudes I feel through their skins, in my abstracts I scream and dance and grow as their limitless shapes move and unfold, just as my life as an artist, bright and constantly evolving. I thank God for giving me the strength to get to be here and to be able to answer my calling. I Thank God for another (and another) chance to live my life. And above all, I thank my wonderful partner without whom I wouldn’t have been able to throw myself head on into this exciting and rewarding new path!

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