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A Woman's Legacy

Stefania Tejada

2021

Oil on canvas

50 x 40cm

(Unframed)

£1,600.00
Original piece of art

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Playing with the theme of the night, Tejada explores a detailed female portrait. Her signature breaking of the fourth wall is amplified in this work by the size of the face, which takes over the entire canvas. This above-life-sized face stares back at us with a blank and mysterious expression. Tejada creates tension not only by placing us into close proximity of the large face but also substitutes the eyelashes for strange feathers, which crawl from the eyelids over the brows and cheeks. Through this manoeuvre, she reestablishes the indigenous connection between humanity and nature. It is also inspired by the 2019 Valentino runway, which was a significant moment in Haute Couture since the collection was created around a black woman (Naomi Campbell). The Creative Director mentions how she made all of this possible - there was an incredible casting with many different profiles of women. This piece echoes this moment.

Stefania Tejada

Stefania Tejada is a painter and textile artist born in a small town in Colombia. She has lived in Colombia, Mexico, the USA, Spain, and now she is based in Paris, France. Her studies include Fashion Design at LaSalle College in Colombia and Mexico and a series of courses and postgraduates in respect of photography, design, illustration, and communication. Through her art, she admires the power of modern women while also celebrating fashion and materials. Tejada’s artworks are often collaborative with fashion brands – including Nike, Adidas, and Cartier. Tejada calls her art an ‘Unequivocal wake-up call towards reconnecting with our origins’. Her Columbian heritage reflects in the vibrant colours ingrained in her works as well as local botanical motifs creating complex multi-layered compositions. Yet, her works' signature central focal point is a female figure intensely gazing back at the viewer. Her blank expression hides as much as it reveals, opening a dialogue between genders, but also cultures, fashion, and possibilities. Tejada’s intentions are clear – to demonstrate the power of women and the power of cultural origins. Tejada’s exhibitions include New York, Bogotá, London, and Paris.

 

Clients

Elle

Cartier

Marie Claire

Adidas

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Urban Decay Cosmetics

Lenny Letter

Silvia Tcherassi

Atelier Crump

 

Solo Exhibitions

2021, Territorial Beings, Paris. In collaboration with Maison Kitsuné

Group Exhibitions

2020, Benefit auction in cooperation with Sotheby’s Vienna

2019, Benefit auction pro Amazonia at La Cometa Gallery, Bogotá

2019, Every Women Biennial at LaMama Galleria, New York

2018, Ello x Creative Debuts, London

2018, Through the Eyes of the Artist, Liechtenstein National Museum

2017, Posture Magazine x Ello at Superchief Gallery, New York

2016, Trazos: Ilustrando Moda at Breve Gallery, Mexico City

 

Residency

2018, Residency with Smiling Gecko, Cambodia

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