Rocío Olguín is a visual artist born in Mexico City, with professional training in Graphic Design. From an early age she developed her painting skills by attending various workshops and art schools, with the San Carlos Academy being her main influence.
Since 2010, she has lived in the City of Oaxaca, a place that has allowed her to find new paths in her creative work thanks to the contact with local artists and craftspeople. Her work now reflects an exploration of abstractionism, utilizing all the symbolism and color of Oaxaca. She mixes the materials and techniques she has learned to offer a more personal approach, breaking with her early academic paradigms. Painting and drawing portrait, landscape and human figure had always been present in her work, as she stayed within a certain comfort zone for years, without challenges or expectations. Her current work however, is developed in a context rich in traditions and customs, where the modern coexists with the pre-Hispanic past in a natural way.
About her process Rocío Olguín says, “Living in Oaxaca has helped me to break not only with the academic guidelines regarding art, but also with a system of personal beliefs that do not allow me an authentic expression of myself. This is how I made the leap from the simple reproduction of reality to the search for my own pictorial reality. Experimentation has allowed me to establish a new process in which I put together puzzles. I play with collage as a basis to create a variety of textures that I respond to when applying glazes of color, exploring contrasts with opposite colors and also manipulating materials by scratching and heat stamping. At first, this work seemed to me abstract, and in fact that was my intention, however, as I contemplated the canvas, something more recognizable emerged. Something that is born of my love of portrait, landscape, and observing birds in nature. Everything arises from the act of playing, of enjoying, of being myself. This work documents bets that I’ve made on myself, on my becoming free. Art is a gamble. It is like a mountain hike. The trail is not even, at times easy and pleasant, at times dangerous. We have to decide either to continue or return, with no guide to decide for us.”