Mara G. Szyp Bio
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 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.
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.
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
She goes from sketching/doodling when she can't sleep, painting with acrylics & oils, she has done some photography as well as sculpture, she writes short stories and poems. She dabs in cubism, pop art, expressionism, her favourite style is figurative art and she loves interpretative pieces with a social charge and she is always open to try new and different art forms. Mara has worked in two different children’s books as illustrator, one published Summer 2018 and the other one being launched April 2019 in Victoria/Toronto.
She has been featured in Here! Magazine, Victoria BC.
Feb 2018-Sept 2018 Heron Rock Bistro main salon with 10 pieces.
Dec 2018-March 2019 Hive Hair solo show- 15 pieces
Skrypnyk Studio & Gallery has on its private collection 12 pieces - 2 of which were awarded best from the 104 exhibition by the president of the Art Gallery.
Jan 2019 - Coast Collective Art Gallery “Beginners” show - 4 pieces
She puts all of herself in each art piece she births. She is a very sensitive artist and her senses are always open to perceive the world around her and that’s something you can see through her art.