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The Wien-bang of colors
The sound of voices (60x60cm), acrylic 2006
There is an oasis under Santa Ana’s radiant sun. It is a small studio where life overflows in every corner; through the walls and floors. This is where the artist Ana Wien makes her paintings appear, as if created from sheer light.
Blue, red, yellow; white; flowers; jewelry; wood; seashells. Life flows from her paintings, like the sea, as from the loving hands of a mother. In 2006, the Costa Rican artist exposed her creations in the Artist & Life exhibition, in the Toit de la Grand Arch de la Défense, in Paris, where she acted as an ambassador of our entire continent to the eyes of the whole World.
The burst of colors and materials converts Ana Wien’s paintings into a face to face conversation with life in its purest essence. Her art pulls the most sensitive strings in our body through the sincerity and joy of her strokes.
If we look at Ana’s schedule and passport, we can see that she has not taken a break, not for a single day, from doing what she loves.
This is a pleasure not shared by everyone in life. Her artistic pieces have been in exhibitions in galleries, cultural centers, hotels and restaurants, national art festivals and museums, as well as expositions and festivals around the world. Paris was one of her last stops.
The Artist & Life organization was the one in charge of arranging the exhibition in Paris, as a fundraising activity for children in Vietnam. Wien participated with seven paintings that were a reflection of her talent and that of all Latin American artists, at least for a few days. “I brought contemporary art; surreal and filled with magical realism”, says Wien, who declares that “presenting in Paris is not easy for anyone”, even with her 30 year career fully dedicated to art and with exhibitions in the United States and the Dominican Republic, among other places.
The teacher’s teachers
To understand her love for art, it’s important to begin with her first strokes in life, using pen and ink. She learned from the renowned artists Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez and Francisco Amiguetti. They taught her not only the technique, but they showed her how to appreciate art. “With them, I learned the foundations, the forms”, she declares, and then states; “One is born with art inside”.
||Breathe Nature (130x100 cm)
“I started to take painting lessons in high school, and knew since then that this was my calling. I studied oil painting at the Anastasio Alfaro, and the pen nib technique at the Luis Dobles School. As I got married and had a child, it was not easy, but I continued studying with Don Manuel,” she remembers. Honesty, discipline, her family, and her artistic rebelliousness were the building blocks to become what she is today.
With such mentors, her only option was to start right: The National Museum hosted her two first exhibitions, one in 1979 and the other in 1980.
Her Battle Easel
Art has been her battle horse, which has helped her through the rough times in her life, such as her father’s death. “He loved life, and always pulled through, no matter what. He taught me to appreciate people for whom they were, and that’s the way I grew up, with that same love for life.”
Through the years, her art has matured and so has she. “I try to express my experiences through my paintings; everything I have learned, my parents’ legacy, the value of things and the stumbles I’ve had in life.”
After a long mourning break, Ana has begun once again to do what she does best: paint. She has come back as never before, strongly, with a lot of marathon like exhibitions in the last few years. “I am devoted to art with my body and soul. I love it and that is why I keep painting. The truth is, I feel good, and I know that people also feel good with my work.”
Her paintings, as her smile, transmit an unusual vitality. For her, the trigger in the artistic process she experiences is the strength in her art. “Reason is not usually the best way to reach people; they need something they can feel and like”. Ana Wien knows it and applies it, without a plan, like a bing-bang of colors.
With Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez and Francisco Amiguetti as her mentors, her career has been filled with her great talent and discipline. Some of her awards include: First Place in the Grano de Oro contest in 1997; she also won the Color of Costa Rica Contest in 2003 and 2004. She was honored as Second Runner-up at the 2005 New York International Art Festival and an Honorary Mention in the Women in the Arts 2005, at the Museum of the Americas in Miami.
Also, she has participated with her creations in Paris, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Denmark, Spain, and Costa Rica.
Estilos y Casas
Year 9, Number 1
Art beyond borders
By Lucrecia Alfaro
Invited by the Artist & Life association, the Costa Rican artist Ana Wien presented her work in the annual exhibition this association offers in Paris.
Artist & Life is a non political, non religious, cultural and humanitarian association. Its goal is to organize international artistic and cultural events. Each event has a different beneficiary, with the overall purpose of helping the less fortunate children around the world.
The idea of this association is to gather well known artists with young talents sharing the same ideals that preserve the essential values of humanity: tolerance, fraternity and solidarity among people.
Thus, artists from varied latitudes are gathered together, to generate awareness and prove that art crosses all borders.
The exhibition took place in two different places; one in the famous Grand Arch de la Défense, in the modern part of Paris, located in the west. This activity opened October 30th until November 7th. The other one took place in Galerie Figure, located downtown.
Thirty two artists from different countries, as Russia, France, and naturally, Costa Rica, participated. Mrs. Wien was the only Latin American invited to exhibit in such an important event. The artist valued this honor as an acknowledgement of her enormous effort, but also as a great responsibility. In her mind, although they all spoke different languages, they could communicate using art’s language. Furthermore, the environment was filled with such empathy that those who spoke common languages, as English, gladly acted as translators.
The exhibition embraced different artistic disciplines, among them, sculpture, photography, and painting. Each artist could present 5 pieces, three in medium format, and two in small format; the latter to be displayed in the Galerie Figure.
Mrs. Wien explains that the organization learned about her work through her Web page. She expresses her feelings about how she felt as part of this activity, in a city known as the main pillar of the artistic world, “I feel deeply emotional and elated. The place was so spacious, modern and luminous that the art pieces reflected magnificence. Moreover, it was an enriching experience to share with artists from around the world, with such different proposals, so far from our usual experiences on this side of the world. For them, everything involving innovation or experimentation is valid, and I think this was my main take home message. On the other hand, I am also proud to see how well the talent in Costa Rica measures up. All we need is an open mind, more research and not to be afraid of change.”
Her impressions of how the audience perceived her works were, “Its use of color had impact, and it was perceived as highly spiritual, coming out from the soul; which really pleases me because, in a way, it is.”
Proof of the great acceptance of her work is the purchase of three of her pieces during the exhibition.
- From Estilos & Casas, we would like to offer our deepest congratulations for such an outstanding achievement and worthy representation.
By Sofia Herrera
September 23th and 24th 2006
Creations with a soul of their own
The Costa Rican artist, Ana Wien, will inaugurate her new exhibition, “Breathe Nature”, in Bacchus Restaurant, including 22 paintings and 4 sculptures. It will be open to the public from Tuesday on.
Ana Wien walks the roads of art and its techniques with the ease of playing a game, among fantastic characters and colors charged with sensations.
Wien comes back with a proposal of abstract strokes and modern forms that stem from nature, in her collection “Breathe Nature”.
Wien describes her work, comprised of 22 paintings and 4 sculptures, as: “Fantastic creatures from far away galaxies, delivering a concert full of joy and bringing hope to the world.”
Each creation has a soul of its own, where colors play a leading role in delivering a message of hope to observers.
The gala opening of this exhibition will be on Monday, September 25th, in Bacchus Restaurant, and it will be open to the public as of Tuesday the 26th.
According to Wien, this collection presents different topics, such as the synergy between human beings and nature, generating a magical realism between them.
The exposition will be open for three months, and intends to lead viewers though a journey of sensations that will encourage positive thoughts.
“I like to use many colors, as it conveys lots of life and energy. My motto is ‘Shapes always exist, color is forever’ ”, stated Wien. She has been able to create the same characters in her paintings and in her sculptures.
Because of her colorful style and professionalism, Mrs. Wien was selected to present her creations in the “Artists & Life” exhibition. This is an international exhibition that will take place from October 25th to November 7th in France. She will be presenting three of her pieces.
Ana Wien has other projects in her mind, including an exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Santiago, Dominican Republic, where she will take a sculpture.
“I feel very excited about being selected for these exhibitions, as it is an acknowledgement to creation,” explains Ana Wien, who presents “Breathe Nature”
Wednesday, September 20th 2006
By Javiera Gutierrez
Ana Wien has participated in exhibitions in Europe and the United States.
Ana Wien will exhibit her colorful creations in France with other artists
- A French Benefit Institution invited her to present four of her pieces in Paris.
- Some of her creations can be seen in Bacchus Restaurant in Santa Ana.
Wien´s pieces are characterized by their use of vivid and varied color.
The Costa Rican painter and sculptress, Ana Wien, is among the 35 international artists selected to participate in the “Artists & Life” exhibition, to take place in Paris, October 25th to November 7th.
This artistic event will include two parallel exhibitions, one at the famous Grand Arch de la Défense and the other at the Galerie Figure.
In these activities, Wien will exhibit 5 pieces, two of them in small format and three in large format.
The five pieces were painted exclusively for these exhibitions in France, to be held in benefit for the French Xuan Association, which helps children in Vietnam.
Pieces from Ana Wien´s latest collection can be viewed currently in Costa Rica. The Bacchus Restaurant in Santa Ana has 22 pieces in exhibition, which are part of the Breathe Nature collection, including four resin and bronze sculptures.
This exhibition opens on Monday, September 25th at 7:30 pm, and will remain open until the end of November.
Her colors. Each of her paintings is flooded with color. Vivid colors, such as turquoise, blue and yellow, represent different forms of nature and music.
With her cheerful strokes and small details of animals and flowers, Wien intends to evoke life.
“What I want is for people to see happiness in my paintings. I expect each person to make their own interpretation” expressed the painter.
She stressed that all of her themes are always cheerful, and that they relate to family and the importance of women.
For her, everything is inspiration; indeed, she confessed that she always carries a pencil and a sketchbook, so she can materialize any idea that comes through.
But France is not the only place interested in her work. Last year, she was part of two exhibitions in Europe, one in Denmark and one in Barcelona, Spain. Additionally, she was able to present some of her work last year, at the Museum of the Americas in Florida, USA.
This year, besides going to France, Mrs. Wien is planning to participate in the Third Triennial International Ceramic Tile event, to take place in the Dominican Republic.
Fabulous Creatures: (photo) its one of the paintings to be presented in Paris.
Wien´s pieces are characterized by their use of vivid and varied color.
The Costa Rican artist, Ana Wien, was selected with 34 other artists, to participate in two exhibitions in Paris, France.
The Tico Times, July 21, 2006
Spotlinght on the Arts
Painter Ana Wien balances art, family
By Ann Antkiw
Special to The Tico Times
The internationally acclaimed Ana Wien must be one of the most prolific artists in the country today. Her art, like her person, expresses an intense, positive vision of life, and reflects her perception and creativity.
“Forms always exist; colors are forever,” she says as she talks about her need to express herself and communicate her feelings.
For the past 30 years, Wien has managed to combine her own imaginative world as an artist with the real world of family life, personal happiness and heartache.
“God blessed me with a talent, and I love to share my art,” says the mother of three, proud grandmother and resident of Santa Ana, southwest of San José.
“Colors Are Forever”: Artist Ana Wien at work on “Aguas Diáfanas 2”
She speaks enthusiastically about her work on display and the multitude of canvases piled high in her studio, where she paints every day. Obviously proud of her work and achievements, she stresses that without her husband Max Lang’s full support; she could never have become the successful artist she is today.
Wien’s acrylics on canvas overflow with vibrant colors, depth, rich textures, a passion for life and an indomitable spirit. She explores different themes of relationships among family, couples, women and friends, all of which are extremely important to her.
A half-real world intermingles with an imaginary world that is both introspective and evocative. Wien’s brushstrokes conjure up a mythical world of fantasy, with a hint of emotions that are subtly depicted and poetized with reality and color. Flowers, fruits and nature are combined with human figures and their relationship with the environment. The feminine element in analogy with the earth appears constantly as a symbol of fertility.
This multifaceted artist’s innovative work over the years has undergone many changes and experimentations, both in style and use of materials. She studied at the studios of Costa Rican artists Manuel de la Cruz González and Francisco Amighetti, and in the early days concentrated on pen and ink techniques and watercolors, followed by oils.
“It wasn’t until 14 years ago that I started using acrylics,” the artist recalls. “What a disaster that was! At first, I thought I’d never master it.”
Today, Wien paints only with acrylics, though her work features a distinct variety in style and subject. The surrealistic canvases of her recent, more realistic flower and sequence series are in total contrast to her coffee bean series, a wonderful combination of realism sometimes verging on the primitive, depicting human figures picking coffee, houses, the processing of the beans, roads and even means of transportation.
Wien designs her own frames, and has started painting on tiles, one of which is now on exhibit at the Ceramic Museum in the Dominican Republic.
“The time and effort I put into that tile was incredible; it had to be exact in measurement, otherwise they would not accept it,” she says. “However, it was well worth the challenge.”
Wien’s incessant need for investigation also inspired her to move into the tactile and dimensional world of sculpture, and the few bronze pieces she has done are inspired by her paintings.
A hiatus of almost 17 years interrupted her career as an artist, when she put her brushes aside to raise a family and nurse her ailing father.
“Café de Altura”: Part of a series entitled “Cultura Criolla,” this 2003 acrylic on canvas depicts people planting coffee on the hills and mountains of Costa Rica.
“After his death, I couldn’t paint,” she says, “During that period, I filled the gap by making jewelry and dressing dolls, but never exhibited any work. Then suddenly I was revitalized with a strong need to paint again.”
Despite the break, Wien has more than 50 group and individual exhibits to her credit, including ones in Costa Rica, the United States and Europe. Between 1997 and 1999, she received both honorable mention and first place in the Grano de Oro awards sponsored by Sintercafé.
Over the past five years, she has had eight individual exhibits and partaken in 25 group ones. She was the winner of The Color of Costa Rica contest in both 2003 and 2004, and in 2005 she received an honorary mention at the Women in the Arts exhibition that took place at the Museum of the Americas in Miami. That same year, she also was awarded second prize at the New York International Art Festival. Her work can be found in private collections in Europe, the United States and Panama, as well as Costa Rica.
Wien’s next exhibit is scheduled to run September through November at Bacchus restaurant in Santa Ana. For a look at her work, visit her excellent Web page at www.anawien.com. For info, contact the artist at email@example.com or 282-2805
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Born in San José, Costa Rica
Resident of Costa Rica
Education: She studied painting and print making at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Costa Rica.
She started her artistic career in 1979 with a definition of her style throughout the years at the studios of famous masters of the fine arts from Costa Rica: Manuel de la Cruz González Luján, Francisco Amighetti and Rafa Fernandez.
With the painters Hernán Pérez and Rodrigo Brenes, she learned new techniques enriching more and more her paintings, whit more shapes, textures, and color on her works.
Exhibitions: More than 50 individual and group shows in Costa Rica, United States and several European countries, among them, Barcelona (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark).
"Heaven´s blue look " (2005), acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
She also has participated in many art competitions and auctions
Awards: Honorable Mention at “Women in the Arts 2005” at the Museum of the Americas in Miami, Florida; 2nd Prize at the New York International Art Festival 2005; First Prize from the Color Competition in Costa Rica in 2003 and 2004; Honorable Mention “Grano de Oro", from Sintercafe, San Jose, Costa Rica in 1999; and First Prize at the same competition in 1997.
Collections: Her works can be found in several private collections in Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, United States and several European countries.
Publications: many reviews of her work and interviews: "Today, more than ever in the art world, her restless nature, her spirit always ready for new ventures and her imaginative creativity make the artist look for new situations which would give her the opportunity to show her artwork thus growing and harvesting new positive results. With her unquestionable quality as a painter and her determination to succeed, Ana Wien makes her way in the international field ". (Lucrecia Alfaro, Director "Estilos y Casas", magazine, Costa Rica, July 2005). (Free translation)
"Ana Wien presents, in a very subtle language, the poetry in its own context related to the universes contained in the concept ot the true marvelous, permeated with paradises, full of color and lyricism which do belong to fantasy worlds and the exoticism always present in the imagination since childhood. Ana interacts with fluidness in regards to the configuration of the mystical worlds expressed in a new figurative language in the context of virtual spaces which interact as much with lights as with the richness of color thus developing a rich poetical plastic art based on a fruitful and vibrant repertoire of forms and colors”. (ML. Ana Mercedes González Kreysa, Art Historian and Curator, Costa Rica). (Free translation).
"Light in the hearth " (2005), acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 in.
"Latin Music " (2004), acrylic on canvas, 47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.
"Magical wonderland " (2005), acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Styles and homes Magazine
7th year - Number 5 - Page 200 - Year 2005
Today More than Ever in the Artistic Arena
"Feelings Counterpoint " / Measures: 100cm x 100 cm/ Miami Award
By: Lucrecia Alfaro Álvarez
Her restless nature, her enterprising spirit and her imaginative creativity makes this artist seek constantly new scenarios to exhibit her work, and in this roaming you see her growing and harvesting fruits.
Ana Wien, Costa Rican artist,
today more than ever in the international artistic arena.
It is so that in the month of March, with one of her unique and very expressionist creation called “Feelings Counterpoint” and being the only Costa Rican present between the 38 artists invited from all over the world , she obtained an Honorary Mention in the exposition “Women in the Arts 2005”, organized by the Museum of the Americas in Miami, Florida. In that event, there is only one Honorary Mention awarded for paintings, one for sculpture and one for photography, so in her field of work she was the best and the painting will be exhibited in the Museum for some time.
When she returned, per invitation, she made a solo exhibition in the Docelunas Hotel, located in the beautiful coastal area of Jaco. There, during 15 days, 17 of her best works were shown to the local people and foreign visitors.
Later on she participated in the first collective showing of paintings organized by the Punta Leona Club in their facilities, event that took place during the past Easter Week, where the affluence of people was extraordinary. Here the artist was present with six of her creations.
"Fantasy in the Rocks" / Measures: 122 cm x 91 cm / Year 2004 / Expo in New York.
As if this comings and goings weren’t enough, on April 28 she participated with six of her paintings in the prestigious “New York International Art Festival”, that took place in the mecca of the arts, the “Big Apple” where all the arts: music, movies, videos and, of course, paintings, are present, in this opportunity with 59 exhibitors in this last plastic category, including the artist Wien as the only Costa Rican participating. She was awarded second runner up prize in painting.
When she came back to Costa Rica, from May 17 and for a month, she had a solo exhibition in the well known Costa Rica Country Club, where she showed more than twenty of her creations.
Adding to this successful artistic exhibitions, she participated with another one of her works in a collective exhibition organized by CrisolArt, one of the most prestigious galleries of Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city.
This way, with her plastic language well confirmed and with her consistent behavior Ana Wien finds her way internationally.
Greetings from Styles and Homes Magazine and congratulations for your constant efforts and dedication to your art.
"Light and Color Brushstrokes" / Measures: 120 cm x 100 cm / Year 2004 / Expo in New York.
"Magical Dreamland" / Measures: 122 cm x 122 cm/ Year 2005 / Expo in New York 2005.
"Latin Music" / Measures: 120 cm x 100 cm / Year 2004 / Expo in New York 2005.
New York International Art Festival
Painter Ana Wien receives award
Thursday June 16, 2005
By Marcela Cantero
Ana Wien has many international
Costa Rican artist Ana Wien was awarded second place prize in the painting
category of The New York International Art Festival.
Ana Wien was invited to this art festival held in April. The Festival
informed about the prizes a few days ago.
Wien participated in this great art festival with six paintings that were
well considered by the jury.
The artist received in March a Honorable Mention in a collective exhibition
organized by the Museum of the Americas in Miami, United States.
A few weeks ago she had her most recent solo exhibition, in the Costa
Rica Country Club.
There she showed 37 works created in the years 2004 and 2005.
Wien has 30 years in the world of painting, and she has participated in
many art festivals.
In her work, the artist explores different themes, some of them are: the
relation between the couple, family union, modern woman and nature.
She paints in acrylics and her paintings are of small and medium formats.
A Showing of Painting in the Costa Rica Country Club
Ana Wien's Colors and Forms
Friday May 27th, 2005
by Marcela Cantero
Forms always exist and colors are forever; with this title Costa Rican
painter Ana Wien presents part of her work in the Costa Rica Country Club,
The showing groups 37 paintings in acrylic of different formats painted
during the years 2004 and 2005.
Wien’s work is characterized by the use of brilliant colors and
lots of textures.
These paintings are from her Mystic Worlds series, one of the areas explored
more extensively by her, now, after a career of almost 30 years.
The artist combines flower forms with human figures. “I explore
different themes: the relation between the couple, family union, modern
woman, friendship, nature and specially the relation of all beings with
God”, she commented.
Wien received in March an Honorary Mention in a collective exhibition
organized by the Americas Museum in Miami, United States.
Her work was present in the New York International Art Festival that was
held in that American city in April.
Other of her pieces were part of a collective showing in a gallery in
“I have had a very good year and I’m contemplating other offers
to show my work. At the moment I’m working in various paintings”,
The exhibition “Forms Always Exist and Colors are Forever”
will be open during all this week end in the Costa Rica Country Club from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance is free.
Art born from the natural
Tuesday May 17th, 2005
By Sofia Herrera
After presenting her works in New York, Costa Rican artist
Ana Wien exhibits her surrealistic art in the Country Club.
Nature, the couple and the soul are fundamental sources in the work of
Costa Rican artist Ana Wien, who, starting today, exhibits her works in
the Country Club.
A sample that fusions colors and textures giving life to her point of
view, resulting in a contemporary surrealistic art that transforms seeds
into human beings.
Figures, feelings and stories that germinate
from nature. It’s Ana Wien’s art, whose exhibit starts
today in the Country Club.
Wien’s images are shown to the eyes of the spectator with a fantastic
perspective. “Flower Dust”, “Soul Mounts”, “Dreamy
Woods”, “Feelings Counterpoint”, “Sensual Dance”
and “Fantasy in the Rocks” are part of the 30 paintings, some
of them were also shown in the Big Apple during the New York International
The exhibit will be inaugurated today at 7:30 p.m. in the Country Club,
and will be open for viewing and sales until May 31th.
The works are done in acrylic on canvas using also different materials
like resin, wood, crystal and stone.
Each painting has a different format to capture the public’s attention,
which she achieves also with the brush stroke movement.
As part of the exhibition there will be also four sculptures that will
be integrated to the showing.
“I try to transmit the desire to live, good vibrations and the things
that make me happy with myself”, said Wien, who has more than 30
years in the artistic scene.
At this time, her work is shown in different parts of the world like Copenhagen,
where she was invited to take part of an international festival.
“All the images are from my must profound space, identify me, and
it is because of that that each person reaches a different interpretation,
that makes creating very satisfactory”, explains Wien.
If you want more information about her, access her page: www.anawien.com
2004 “EL COLOR DE COSTA RICA” CONTEST
CHARITY FOR COSTARICAN CHILDREN AND NATURE CONSERVATION.
2003 “EL COLOR DE COSTA RICA” CONTEST
CHARITY FOR COSTARICAN CHILDREN AND NATURE CONSERVATION.
Styles and Homes Magazine
7th year - Number 1 - Page 105 - Year 2004
Versatile and Consistent
Text by: Lucrecia Alfaro/Photographs by: Julian Trejos
Spatulas, brushes, stones and threads are part of the tools and resources Ana Wien uses to give free rein to creativity and imagination in her most recent works. She is constantly motivated by her restless creative substance to look for new shapes, new resources that will allow her to enrich the expressive-aesthetic sense of her creations. That is why her current pieces show better-crafted backgrounds that sometimes seem to allude to rocky formations, cave stalactites, cold polar icebergs or multicolored rectangular stained-glass windows. The truth is that the interpretations are infinite, but the fact that her original proposal is captivating is undeniable.
In some cases, she also adds to these backgrounds tiny stones and fine threads that she uniquely “weaves” into the rest of the piece, achieving with these the elevation of the expressive force of what was created, as well as denoting the versatile part of her artistic nature.
She says that she has not been doing previous sketches for two years, but paints directly on the canvas, which, she considers, demands more from her as an artist, at a technical and composition level. Together with this, she is been able to give greater fluency to the shapes within the plane. These can be interpreted in different ways according to the piece: in some of them they acquire a human appearance, in others they look like burgundy, coral or turquoise flowers, in others they become butterflies, whereas in others one gets a more ethereal feeling that could be well “read” as portraits of some very special auras or beings from outer space; the fantasy is total.
On the other hand, her incessant need for innovation and investigation has made her resort to sculpture in order to make her particular magic world become tactile and three-dimensional. As a matter of fact, her first three creations in bronze (showed on these pages) are inspired by some of her paintings from which she has even taken the names: “Supreme Flight” , “A Star is Born” and “The Family” . It is worth mentioning that, even though the artist has a constant and clear intention of enriching and improving the form, the plastic expression, it is also true that the subjects, that have always revolved about love, family, human values, the relationship with God and nature, and the language that distinguishes her and gives coherence to all her proposal (which has undoubtedly became stronger as time goes by) remains invariable.
Those backgrounds of rich texture that flow through the canvasses are reinterpreted in the sculptures as spherical bases with wavy surfaces like “orange skin”, on which the main figures of the piece rest. Thus, as she is versatile and consistent at the same time, the magic realism that involves Ana Wien´s abstract expressionism gives a unique character to her artistic work.
LA NACION, March 13th, 2003
Multicolor Woman Painter Ana Wien inaugurates today the exhibition Harmony,
Light and Color
A short woman with a bright look, Ana Wien , stands out for the sensitivity she has when painting her pieces, which are a true universe of color.
Her paintings have lots of color, movement and great richness of textures. Furthermore, she herself makes the frames for her paintings.
Wien is a housewife, mother of three and a proud grandmother.
When she got married, she left the brushes aside to raise her children, but she always took some time for her, for her great passion: painting.
“I have always wanted to paint. That started when I was very young,
as a need of expressing myself and communicating my feelings and my
way of being; sharing my feelings with the people, my enthusiasm for
life and my positivism. I could never stop painting”, she stated,
convinced. Ana’s personality stands out in all her art, which
is an authentic reflection of her experiences. Her paintings evoke very
different feelings to the spectator. The elements that had previously
shown basic geometric figures became shapes with freer lines, reflecting
a mature artistic style.
Woman, Family and Nature
“ I like to paint the family, the woman and nature. To me, it is important to transmit positive matters to people”, she expressed.
The feminine element, in analogy with the earth, appears as a symbol of fertility. The family represents the balance and the necessary complement with your partner for each human being’s fulfillment.
As a nature lover, this element could not be left out from her art, where fruits, trees and animals can be observed.
She also creates pieces with infancy related topics, where classic childhood elements such as construction playing colored pieces of wood and wooden horses can be identified.
Ana Wien has a 30 year career. In 1997 she won the tenth edition of the Painting Contest “Grano de Oro”, organized by Sintercafe.
She has done five individual exhibitions and more than 20 collective exhibitions. She has also participated in various editions of the “Open Air Art Festival”. Besides being exhibited in the country, her works have been exhibited in United States galleries.
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La Dolce Vita
Lyricism and Color in Ana Wien´s Paintings.
Painter Ana Wien had her most recent paintings exhibited in Galeria Art Max, where we could observe beautiful pieces full of lyricism and color.
The artist pointed out that her work could be catalogued within an expressionist neofiguration, where she expresses everything that transmits life through figures, searching for an interaction between the spectator and the painter.
" HARMONY, LIGHT AND COLOR IN
THE CIRCUS "
" I FLOAT WITH THE MOON "
" GALLO PINTO "
" COFFEE RAIN "
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Year 6- Number 2 - Page 254 - Year 2003
On Woman, Family and Nature...
Her work is full of color and rich texture, due to this, it is perceived as full of life and spirit. The shapes she uses are simple, resorting in many cases to the basic geometry of circles, triangles, squares and so forth; but mixed in such a rich way they have one or more meanings, as they are attentively observed.
Undoubtedly, Ana Wien stamps in her pieces the principles guiding her life, her values and bastions, wanting to strengthen and promote them to the whole world as transcendental to the human being. That is the reason why her topics always revolve about woman, family and nature; she repeats and mixes them in an exquisite and unique way, time and time again.
She declares herself as an environment preservationist and conceives the relationship between mankind and nature as an interdependent symbiosis. Besides, she includes the woman in many of her paintings as an acknowledgement to women’s contribution to society: adding life, light and color through her actions, children, wisdom and love.
She repeatedly uses the feminine element to symbolize the fertility of earth, of the species, of life itself. On the other hand, family represents balance; stability and the necessary complement with her and her kind for the complete fulfillment of each human being.
She explains that the result of her painting today obeys and is enriched by her desire, throughout all her life, of learning, through painting lessons, with different techniques such as oil painting, pen nib, and now, acrylic; together with many other courses of handicrafts; diverse knowledge, that she generally combines with subtle creativity and the ability to constantly innovate.
Thus, the unique and multicolored paintings we show on these pages, elaborated in acrylic, contemplate fine details inherent in the pen nib technique, which gives them a greater plastic and expressive nature, also showing great skill and creativity, completely personalizing them.
With this vision of wanting to create something new and different she resorted to other artistic branches, such as sculpture with waste and jewelry, among others.
All her art is like herself, intense and happy – this is showed by the lively colors- restless and constantly moving – which is suggested by including birds as a means of transportation – deep and reflexive – her paintings have multiple concepts and meanings, all mixed together -; but, above all, with a positive vision of life, as her lines are full of light, color and several natural elements (trees, fruits, animals and people), showing her profound attachment and respect for nature.
All these characteristics in Ana Wien’s work allowed her to get the first place in the “Grano de Oro” Contest, Sintercafe 1997, among many other individual and collective exhibitions in the country and abroad.
FLOWERS AND FRUITS WITH COSTARICAN SCENT
BROODING COFFEE FOR THE WORLD
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Year 4- Number 1 - Page 148 - Year 2003
Wishing to strengthen the values and bastions guiding her life makes Ana Wien create pieces full of texture and color; resorting to very simple forms and, in many cases, basing them on the basics of geometry, circles, triangles and squares; interweaving them in such a way that they have one or more meanings, always within human subjects, revolving about woman, family and nature.
To Ana Wien it is vital to acknowledge women for their contribution to society: conceiving children, wisdom and love, as shown in this beautiful painting of the mother with her son in her womb.
Styles and Homes Magazine
Year 5- Number 6 - Page 204 - Year 2002
Filigree of Feelings
There is no doubt that the steadfast sign in Ana Wien’s artistic path is constant innovation, trying to find new ways of expressing everything that had been kept inside herself for so long and that has been released through an ideal channel: painting.
“I was very shy during my childhood and adolescence and it was not until I came across painting that I could express much of what I kept silent during those years”, she says. It may be that, due to this, her creations have a lot of leisure elements with glimmers of magic that fascinates children and adults. The elements that some time ago were synthesized in basic geometric figures, are currently shaped with freer and looser lines. “I think I am maturing towards a more modern and contemporaneous expression,” she states.
This aspect makes her pieces more multi-interpretative for the spectator and allows her to show her deepest feelings, without being completely apparent. Each line, each brushstroke represents a thought, an emotion that spins like a filigree of feelings. This way, whispering, suggesting, she achieves the coloring of her soul.
" THANKS "
76 X 76 cm
" COFFEE RAIN " 60 x 60 cm
However, some other remarkable characteristics of her art that are part of her personal stamp persist: an always intense and rich textured multicolor, achieved from the use of the spatula and the filigree technique characteristic of the pen nib, creating a whole, making each piece to be perceived as full, lively and happy. “ I like to transmit positivism, happiness and good vibes”, she says.
Human sensitivity remains latent in her creations, focusing her subjects on what the artist considers most transcendental: human relationships in their various manifestations such as the couple, family union, modern woman, friendship… as well as the individual’s interdependence with nature and God; because, even though the indisputable relationship with the Creator is not explicitly shown in the pieces, it is tacitly implied with the overflow of colors, the joy for life that becomes a praise, a flattery that is shown in some of the titles of her most recent series, such as the three called “Thanks for the happenings of my life".
As a possible unconscious and nostalgic token of her admiration for the childhood stage, she is also creating pieces with infancy subjects, in which the elements of a far away childhood are easily identified: colored cubes, cars pulled by strings, Ferris Wheels, and wooden horses. This is, undoubtedly, a utopian interpretation of what must have been those first years of life.
In this way, Ana Wien’s art is herself: intense, sensitive and multifaceted, in constant motion, and, in spite of the routine, always shows a positive vision of life through her works. This vision helped her achieve the first place in the Contest “Grano de Oro”, Sintercafe, 1997.
She conceives her current creative situation as a more difficult and captivating challenge and considers this a transition period from her usual magic realism to abstraction.
" I AM THE FRUIT "
Technique: Acrylic on fabric/ 91x91 cm
" I AM THE TALKING TREE "
Technique: Acrylic on fabric/ 91x92 cm
MUSIC AND SOUND
120 x 130 cm
HARMONY, COLOR AND LIGHT AT THE CIRCUS
100 x 100 cm
FOR MAKING ME SO HAPPY
Technique: acrylic on fabric/ 76x76 cm
Styles and Homes Magazine
Year 3- Number 3 - Page 70 - Year 2000
A Show of Self-improvement
The painting exhibition, grouped under the name “Harmony, Light and Color¨, that the artist inaugurated last March 13 th in ArtMax Gallery with an ample showing of 49 of her pieces, could be well called “a show of self improvement¨In this collection one can perceive an evident evolution of the artist towards what curator Ana Mercedes Gonzalez Kreysa has called “expressionist neofiguration”, with regard to which Ana Wien states: “ They are the same topics that I always have dealt with, my way of seeing the world, the positivism, my desire to live that appeal to my feelings from childhood, now resorting to freer, dynamic shapes and images to represent them”. Together with the lyric color, evocative textures and light forms of magical enchantment (inspiring various interpretations from the spectator) that are characteristic of this Costarican artist, there is also a remarkable difference: in some pieces the frame is integrated and is deeply crafted as much as the paintings; this is, undoubtedly a peculiarity that already has the personal stamp of this laborious painter, who is always in search of innovations for her self improvement.
Several relatives, friends, colleagues, and collectors attended the inauguration and while they appreciated the “juicy” collection in the spacious gallery, they took advantage of the opportunity to bring up pleasant chats and taste some snacks with a good wine.
“She always wanted to paint,
but life imposed other obligations
on her that made her leave the colors aside.
However, she won the race against destiny
and today she is recognized
by her sensitivity and her art.”
She is a small woman, with a round face and big eyes. She is sitting on a green grassy field with her arms full of fruits and surrounded by an intense vegetation. I looked around and I came across other women; all of them had the same face, with a lively expression, big eyes and some nostalgia in their lips.
But the biggest surprise was when I met the person who had painted them: she had come out of one of her own paintings. Her face was as pleasant and her eyes reflected the same light that came out of her paintings.
Once we started talking I found out that she is much warmer than her pieces. Her life can be an example for people who want to make their dreams come true. Ana Wien is a housewife as many other Costarican women. A mother of three children and, since she got married – when she graduated from High School -, she has completely been devoted to her husband, her home and her family.
Like many other women, Ana postponed her dreams to help her husband in the family business.
However, she always kept in mind that she wanted to be someone by herself.
" SUPREME FLIGHT "
Her work has love, the couple, the family and the woman as a central topic. This painting, called “Vuelo Supremo” shows the strength of a united couple that makes them fly through life.
Her great passion since she was very young was painting. Ana started to sketch her first paintings in High School and she even went to a painting workshop with Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez. When she got married her lifestyle changed dramatically and that made her leave her great passion aside. As she herself states, “I devoted myself to business and to raising my children. Nonetheless, I always tried to have some time for myself and I used it to paint”.
Ana started painting very basic things, until she was able to “loosen” her hand and define her style, which, according to her, was characterized by very stylized figures and silhouettes with very soft colors. In order to do this, she used a pen nib and graphics and she painted with color. Lang says that the “figures I painted before were a little twisted, less defined. They had to be interpreted and, curiously, they never had eyes”.
When she had achieved a certain artistic maturity, her father got seriously ill and she let go of her brushes to devote her time to her family and her father’s care. Her father was laid up in bed for several months.
" FIGHT FOR ME "
“Lucha por mi” presents an ecologic topic that shows the importance of balance between shapes and colors. It is an appeal to nature’s conservation.
Her father’s death and the built up tiredness after all the time she spent by his side kept her away form painting for almost eight years. “I think it was very hard for me to recover and I did not want to do anything. I was very sad and I did not want to paint”, she points out.
Nevertheless, she started to find enjoyment in art little by little again. She first experimented with a technique known as collage, consisting of making the pieces using different textures and materials. She then decided to make sculptures out of junk and she later tried with jewelry made of waste such as fabric, glass, leather, bronze and paint.
According to her, her jewelry was very successful, but did not fulfill her as much as painting did. That was how she decided to paint again, after a process of artistic evolution to new forms, which made her change from a craftier technique to a more artistic one.
Her effort and dedication to painting made her fight to polish her style winch she today proposes with new shapes with strong colors and varied topics. For the time being, Ana wants to continue in the same line, in which the woman, the family and nature are the predominant topics.
Her family support was essential for her to fulfill her dream of painting life in colors. Her work reflects her own life, the things she has seen and that have influenced her.
Her pieces have been exhibited in museums around the world, from Paris to San Jose, including New York and Washington.
Ana describes herself as a woman of goals; she says that if she wants to do something she does her best. She is definitely right, and her painting is a reflection of that.
" EMERGING "
Shows a woman that comes out from a book to narrate her evolution in life and society.
LA NACION, May 4th, 1980
Ana Wien exhibits for second time
" MARRIAGE " is the name of this drawing in Indian ink
Thirty five drawings and paintings constitute the exhibition that Ana Wien will show beginning next Thursday at the National Museum.
This is her second exhibition “in which she keeps unwrapping her personal world, half real, half fantastic, introspective and suggestive at the same time”, comments the artist Francisco Amighetti.
Last year, for the first time, Mrs. Lang showed her works to the public and revealed herself as “ a personality of great creative originality”, said Don Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez Lujan at the time.
Since then, the painter has cultivated a very personal style and technique, which she has studied and experimented in depth. She prepares the paper with consecutive layers of watercolors, until she gets visual textures and special color combinations. Then she draws on them in Indian ink, watercolor, pastel and graphite. The characteristic of the theme is inaccuracy, with a free treatment of figures, human, animal or vegetal, suggested in the color. “ The artist draws on the color stain – explains Amighetti – and her somehow flamigerous features make a contrast with rectilinear graphic elements structuring the space and calming the tumult of its shapes”. Basically, that is the difference between this year’s drawings and paintings as opposed to the ones from last year: the inclusion of lines as architectonic structures. Also, in this opportunity, there are pieces in black and white, embossed work and textures no longer purely visual. These changes are more important to the artist than the changes in the theme themselves. “The topic is not important to me, but the technical search is”, she says.
To Ana Wien the creative process is unconsciously linked to her concept of liberty. “I am never moved by a definite intention when I start drawing, but I am moved by the sheer desire to work. I think that if I set a topic beforehand then I will not be able to work freely. That is the reason why I always start from scratch, she adds.
She defined herself as rebellious against the academic teachings of plastic arts. At first she was a student of Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez and she acquired knowledge with him and then became independent.
“If you want to develop your own style or technique, it is necessary to get hold of a series of knowledge about composition, color, light, etc. but it has to be taken into account that then one cannot work according to the rules that work for the others. That is limiting yourself”.
She added that learning with a teacher is a stage that must be overcome. “If one does not untie in time, all of a sudden, one is painting like the teacher and, thus, one is creating in somebody else’s way”.
La Republica, Sunday May 4th, 1980
Stylized Figures and Geometric Forms
This time, Ana Wien shows us a more mature painting but always full of fantasy. |
We have seen a new twist in Ana Wien ´s work. Ana is showing her new exhibition this year beginning May 8th, in the Art Hall of the National Museum.
Her work always in inks and varnishes, acrylics and oils, her figures long and stylized that she now shows combined with geometric drawings that give them a new aspect full of vivacity.
In this new collection her colors are stronger, the predominant ones are yellow and brown with red and green details.
Ana’s painting reflects a boundless imagination. I do not know if it is reality or fantasy, I think it is a mixture of these two things.
In the series “Butterflies” we see some with hummingbird’s heads, full of movement and color, which make us wonder if they are real.
Among her drawings, in the works with watercolor pastels and Indian ink, we can see the new turn that Ana has taken. More proficiency, more maturity and an impeccable technique. Professor Francisco Amighetti stated about her “ One of the features that best defines her work is the flow of her imagination that spontaneously runs. The artist uses the stain of color, and its traits, somehow flamigerous, make contrast with rectilinear graphic elements that structure the space and calm the tumult of its shapes.
There are elements that come from her first apparition in art that still remain protagonists of her composition and her inaccurate subject matters. However, there are also changes and mutations in her plastic adventure that is built with permanent character.
Ana studied painting with Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez and this is her second individual exhibition.
She is married to Mr. Max Lang and they have three children: Jennifer, Michelle and Henry.
Ancora, LA NACION, February 25th, 1979
A World of Strange Figures in Ana Wien's Drawing
Don Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez defines Ana Wien , who is currently exhibiting more than 50 drawings at the National Museum, as a great personality with great creative originality.
Original because she creates a fantastic world of figures, flowers and animals, on backgrounds with delicate plastic textures.
“Her figures don´t tell stories – continues Manuel – they are simply presented with art’s vesture”. They are abstract forms that suggest certain topics, within an atmosphere of color and movement: “they are implied souls twisted in their own world of color”, the painter says.
" A STAR IS BORN "
Don Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez is familiar with Ana Wien´s work because he was her teacher for some time. Francisco Amighetti states that this artist owes this well known painter “great part of the independence with which she treats the form”.
However, the artist has been expressing her own personality for a long time. She started to paint around seven years ago, in oils, watercolor and acrylic, but she did this with an inquisitive sense, experimenting with shape and colors.
“ I have always liked experimenting, trying new techniques and because of that, I have gone from painting, with traditional materials, to work with ceramics by hand and now drawings in Indian inks, watercolors and varnish”.
Up to date, she has done her work with no formal academic teaching.
“I consider myself a self-taught person”, she says. In spite of this, she thinks it is necessary for the artist to attend Higher Education Centers, “in order to expand horizons and have a greater knowledge of techniques, styles and everything related to the trade”.
Ana Wien does her work in what is known as washed drawing. It consists of the background’s preparation with successive layers of watercolor until she gets visual textures and color combinations. Subsequently, she works the shapes with Indian ink. Lastly, she applies a varnish that gives the piece a special brightness.
Don Francisco Amighetti states that the artist shows in this series of the exhibition the mastery of the graphic element and makes the arabesque of the Indian ink live the life of color”.
“I feel that I master this technique – she states – After having experimented with various styles and techniques I think I have managed to find something truly mine”.
The artist says that her works show a mixture of surrealist and abstract elements, keeping at the same time, realistic ones. “A woman, a ship, a cat can be distinguished through color and shapes”, she affirms.
But, actually, she is not worried about having a certain style or work on certain topics in a conscious way. “To me the fundamental thing is to create, no matter what the topic or the color is. I do this for my inner satisfaction, because I have the need to liberate myself through painting”, she explains.
This does not mean that Mrs. Wien “is carried away by inspiration” when it comes to work. “I do not believe in inspiration – she says – but I am interested in creative work as such: as a job”.
Every piece – she clarifies – is a product that has been overcome from a former experience, product of a discipline and a conscious search of new ways of expression.
" TRIANGLE "
This exhibition, Ana Wien´s first, will be open until March
8th at the National Museum.
It has more than 50 drawings, in different sizes and it represents
the painter’s one year work.
Francisco Amighetti says “Ana shares with us, through her art, the aesthetics of her world, half real and half imaginary.
La Prensa Libre, February 16th, 1979
Exhibition of Ana Wien's Fantastic Drawings
Today, at 8:00 p.m., in the National Museum, will be inaugurated an exhibition of Ana Wien ’s paintings.
The exhibition consists of more than 50 paintings in black and colored Indian ink, combined with varnish that she sometimes uses to finish her paintings or mixes with paint.
Some of her pieces are also done partly with watercolors, as well as the ink and the varnish.
Her paintings are mostly surrealistic because the forms of the figures that Ana wishes to highlight are seen on them.
She states that when initiating a piece she does not paint thinking about a certain outcome, she shapes things until she gives them meanings that satisfy her. “I paint because I like to”, the painter emphasizes,” that is why I do it with satisfaction without going in depth into what the finished painting is going to look like”.
Ana does not show a curriculum, but shows a personality with a great creative originality and even a rebellious personality, inventor of a world of strange figures that dance at a tormented and tragic rhythm. Don Manuel de la Cruz González says that her art are souls that more than being seen are suggested as twisted in their own world of color and tragedy”.
" ULYSES "
Real and Imaginary World
Don Francisco Amighetti says that she “shares with us through her art the aesthetics of her half real and half imaginary world”.
In most of her paintings she represents the living beings of the world. Vegetation in all its aspects is also observed. She expresses what man has been through time. The changes he went through, such as the transformations in his habits or physiological changes. That is the reason why she sometimes represents man as a mixture between a man and an animal, as it is believed that only animals once inhabited the world, their evolution resulting in the apparition of man on earth.
Regarding woman, Ana represents her through the evolution that has taken place within her as a human being, as a mother , as a professional, as an intellectual, etc.
A rhythmic movement is observed in many of her paintings, winch, according to the artist’s inspiration, represent modern people that enjoy life more.
The color of the pieces rhyme with the state of mind the person is going through, whether it is joy, sadness, enthusiasm, etc.
“In my opinion, the painter states, I represent humankind in all its aspects and ages, but I would not be able to say if my pieces represent the same for others”.
Her teacher has been Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez. Nonetheless, she has her own inspiration and subjectivity in this exhibition that will start today.
LA NACION, Thursday February 8th, 1979
Rebelliousness ans Originality in Ana Wien's Work
will face the public for the first time
in an exhibition starting February 16th
at the National Museum.
" PENÉLOPE "
The first exhibition of painter Ana Wien will be inaugurated
on the 16th of this month at 8:00 pm, at the National Museum.
The exhibition has more than 50 pieces done in watercolors, inks
and varnishes, presenting a debating world between the real and
“Her figures do not narrate stories – Don Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez says – they simply show themselves with art’s vestment”. Thus, the collection shows characters that suggest women, men, animals or plants, stylized with some kind of life of their own.
Mrs. Ana Wien states that her work has a mixture of surrealistic style and abstractionism, “but, at the same time, it keeps real elements: feminine shapes, plants, a child, etc are distinguished.
Regarding colors, she uses them indiscriminately although she notices a change in shades. “ When I started painting, around seven years ago – she says – I preferred the strong and vibrant colors. I got tired of them little by little, maybe I obtained an inner peace and, in that way, show my concern; I now use calmer and softer colors.”
However, this is not a conscious attitude, for her the “important
thing is to create as a means of liberation, without caring about the
topic or the colors.”.
Ana Wien considers herself, at some extent, a self-taught person since she has always devoted herself to art in its different expressions.
However, her teacher has been Manuel de la Cruz Gonzalez “to whom – according to Francisco Amighetti – she owes great part of the independence with which she treats the form”.
The painter affirms that she has always felt some kind of rebelliousness regarding shape and composition. “When I was asked to paint about a specific topic, with certain characteristics of style, I would start with the teacher’s requirements and end up with the stylizations I liked. I never liked reality”.
This way, after seven years of experimentation with different techniques and topics, she feels she has achieved something of “her own”
“I do not believe in inspiration but on constant work, she states,
and I did not let anyone discipline me”. Don Manuel de la Cruz
corroborates this when he says that “Ana Wien does not show a
resume but shows a personality of great creative originality, even rebellious”,
“she is the inventor of a world of strange figures that dance
at a tormented rhythm.”
Ana shows us a collection of fantastic drawings – says Manuel
de la Cruz Gonzalez – of an admirable originality, done in watercolors,
inks and varnishes and “in that way she achieves very beautiful,
eminently plastic textures”.