Artist Spotlight: Francisca Oyhanarte
Francisca Oyhanarte is Argentinian born multidisciplinary artist who moved to Miami 2015. Miami became Oyhanarte’s inspiration, she embraced her new lifestyle, including it as a powerful source of light to her new works. Oyhanarte is known to consecrate her artwork in order to serve as magic protective shields bringing positive healing effects on every environment they enter.
Oyhanarte elevates and activates the chakras through color, creating healing energy waves and producing visionary and uplifting effects on those who witness her experiments. She considers her works to be vibrant and powerful. The artist aims to transport viewers to an alternate universe filled with color, music, emotion and the surreal creations of her imagination. Those artworks have manifested into more, as they later transform into gigantic inflatables, murals, animation movies, live performances, basket courts, merchandise, visuals for live events, virtual reality worlds, and much more.
Oyhanarte’s mission is to make art inclusive to everyone; allowing them to express their latent desires, personalities and fantasies through her art, regardless their knowledge of art and their purchasing power. She considers her artwork as an extension of her soul, existing in a state of perpetual balance between the forces of light and dark, between the imagined and the real; the ouroboric unity between beginning and end. All elements she brings to her work.
A regular feature in Oyhanarte’s art is the serpent. The serpent is a symbol of the life force and it’s sharp teeth protect you from evil, lighting up the shadows in life and maintaining the crucial balance between light and dark. The snake is a symbol of rebirth, shrewdness, patience, intellect, fertility, longevity, vigilance, eternity, protection, rejuvenation, intuition, enigma, and splendor. A ground-dwelling animal, it suggests you stay grounded despite any changing situation in your life. Being in the presence of wild animals (and relating to them as equals) changed Oyhanarte’s perspective of those creatures, especially the scary ones, like spiders.
With husband Richie Hell, a music producer, Oyhanarte and he created an audiovisual show called "The Gumbo Limbo Experiment,” which is a multi sensorial show featuring art installations, visuals and a live show. It blends performance, music and visual art into one big celebratory experience for the soul where the audience is included in this trascendental journey from darkness to enlightenment. “The Gumbo Limbo Experiment” has been presented at various festivals and events such as Art Basel Miami Beach, Perez Art Museum, New York Fashion Week, Bass Museum, Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Club Space, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival among others.
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