I was born into two Cuban families and grew up in Miami as a first generation Cuban-American. The majority of my teenage years were spent running cross-country while attending high-school.
Being interested in images and writing, and pressured to take a more practical approach, I pursued a degree in journalism. However, I realized that I did not want to take pictures, but instead create them. Little by little I learned to speak a language true to myself. The death of my mother helped me discover this, and it galvanized my need to know more about myself and what I am capable of expressing. After graduating, I moved to New Mexico. Since living in the desert, my obsession with death morphed into an obsession for life, and I became eager to learn what it truly means to connect with others.
I’ve had to ask myself why I am attracted to illness, and intensity. I believe my own sense of loss and unfairness has made me want to see other people who have experienced profound loss, or that are going through a painful change in themselves.
Art is my tool to measure cycles of indignation and of healing, our growth as human beings, and as a way to record victories. What I create is an attempt to enter the collective human experience, as well as an access point into myself.
Salt Pillars17 Nov 2023 - 10 Feb 2024Salt Pillars is a group exhibition of photographs and sculptures by Eric Cousineau, Andrés Mario de Varona, Morgan Barnard and Michael Petry. The show features six series, each with a central motif that serves as a surreal container for human experience. Televisions, motel rooms, light boxes, glass forms and a...
Artist Interview: Andrés Mario de VaronaFrom the artist talk for the group exhibition, "Salt Pillars" December 8th, 2023Andrés Mario de Varona is a first-generation Cuban-American artist who was born in Miami and now lives and works in Northern New Mexico. Since relocating to the high desert, Varona has been obsessed with life, imbuing his recent work with a palpable sense of resilience that lies beneath the raw, mysterious surface of the images he creates. As part of Varona's participation in form & concept's latest group show Salt Pillars , the artist treated curious patrons to a discussion of selected works from his TRIALS series moderated by gallery...