Vanessa Mejia—An Abstract Expressionist painter born in Medellin, Colombia, began painting at a young age with the encouragement of her Mother Gloriace who is a well-known sculptor and interior decorator. Mejia’s inspiration comes from God and his creation. Vanessa uses bright colors to illuminate her perceptions, enriched by her childhood experiences growing up on the Colombian coasts made famous by its “green scape” and majestic sunsets that host a plethora of color and dimension.
Mejia studied at San Diego State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Development, her minor in Fine Arts, and her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. During her studies, she discovered her true devotions. Fine Arts and Art Therapy. Vanessa began to work with children who had disabilities and with adults who had brain injuries. She helped them express their feelings and emotions using symbols, colors, and shapes. This experience led her to present for the first time in New York: her collection entitled “Beyond Appearance.” In this collection, she was specifically inspired by children with special needs where she emphasized their abilities.
Vanessa has had many Solo and Group exhibitions throughout her career as an Artist. Some of her most recent exhibitions include, “Beyond Appearance” sponsored by the Colombian Consulate in New York City. She then presented this collection at a private Art Show sponsored by Citigroup in Warren, New Jersey and then at the W Hotel in New York City’s Times Square. In 2008, the General Consul of Colombia in New York City selected Mejia to represent Colombia at FORJE Art—an International Art and Fashion event at the Queens Museum of Art and recently represented Colombia as an Artist in Mexico at the Museum of Tecate. Vanessa’s collection entitled “AZUL” represents God’s creation and it was specially inspired by a spiritual experience she had in New York City’s Central Park.
Mejia captures the eye by her use of colors, which forms expressions with simplicity of form and style. She says that instead of concentrating on objects, her main emphasis is on the intensity, contrast, and depth achieved by each brush stroke combining reasons and emotions as a perception of life. Vanessa’s combination of bold colors and passionate strokes have created an impact on both the canvas and the minds of many.