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Colors of Life - Opening Art Exhibit

Monday, May 2, 2016
8:30am – 7:00pm

Stamford Campus
Art Gallery

"Colors of Life" Mixed media by Katya Lebrija

Exhibit runs May 2 - June 9 Reception May 7, 2 - 4 p.m. Katya Lebrija is a Mexican artist who lives in CT with her husband and 2 daughters. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design, her roots are reflected in her work by the rich and bright colors she favors and her interest in urban themes. Throughout her career she has used watercolors, acrylics, and has worked extensively with printmaking; most recently, she has focused on creating mixed-media pieces.

She expresses herself through the use of color, textures, movement and elements that we find in daily life, all of which provoke different emotions and interpretations from each viewer.

Mrs. Lebrija likes to work in series, which enables her to explore a single idea in a variety of different ways. Each finished piece, in turn, sparks new ideas and inspiration for the next one and each new work is the cumulative result of all the pieces that came before it. There is always a new discovery, new solutions and she often allows even unintentional elements to become part of the final composition.

She finds excitement in selecting a theme for a new series because she enjoys the process of identifying the central visual elements that will convey a special meaning. She says, “When a painting has elements that are part of our daily life, like buildings, windows, wheels, ladders, etc., it’s more interesting for the viewer because he or she can relate to them. For example, a building full of windows and doors might incite a ‘behind the walls’ story and it is interesting how the viewer is immersed into the painting and engages in conversation with it. On the other hand, ladders and wheels can revive a memory or transport us to different places”.

A single painting can have multiple interpretations, “My hope is for the viewer to find something special in these images, which perhaps evoke some memory or a new idea that inspires them to create their own story.”

Lebrija works in her home studio, though she also paints with a group of local artists in Westport, CT. She has been juried into several art exhibits throughout Fairfield County in the towns of New Canaan, Westport, Greenwich, Rowayton, Norwalk, Wilton, Newtown, Kent, Fairfield and Stamford. Some of her paintings are currently in display at galleries in Southport CT & Newtown CT. Katya is continually looking for ways to enrich herself by enrolling in art classes and workshops at schools like ‘Silvermine Art School’ or the ‘Center for Contemporary Printmaking’ in Norwalk, CT. She has been student of artists like Arlene Skutch, Leona Frank, Vijay Kumar, Barbara Rothenberg, Natasha Karpinskaia, Claudia Mengel.

Exhibits: October 2015 - Exhibit at Manhattanville College in New York, “Strata”,  June 2015 – Solo exhibit at the Byram Shubert Library in Greenwich, “Wheels and Ladders”.

•  May 2015 – Sol


Gary Faulkner, 203-251-8450,

UConn Stamford Art Gallery (primary), Stamford Campus, Stamford Events

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