We had the good fortune of connecting with Celea Guevara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Celea, why did you pursue a creative career?
Well I am start first by saying that art live in me since I was inside my mother’s womb I was born gifted. From a very early age I was fortunate to develop the ability for the Arts. I was first discovered by my father. He saw the unpolished stone hidden in me he first gave me the push to continue in this career; it was that way that he created a master plan for my life where I had no idea I would be able to advance further. My father’s plan was to send me over to Mexico at the Fine Art School. Time passed and that plan did not come to pass. I am able to be an artist because of God’s grace, my father, my creator, my redeemer, my everything, to whom I honor my life. Trials and challenges are always in the way; there were times when I could not manage to feel defeated because the way is long and hard. Being a creator forced me to become resilient in the way I live my life but also in my processes and enjoy aspects of becoming not what I want, but what I have been called to become. I was born in a small town called Santa Rosa de Aguan, Honduras C.A. growing up we had lacks and challenges but what was never missing was my father’ commitment to give and provide the best in his abilities to protect us an ensure a sustainable life. As result, we were forced to be create a way to solve our need, as an artist I like to see the challenges not as a problem but as an opportunity for transformation. With every work that I create, I try to tell a story; motherhood, power, resilience, identity, culture, folklore, endurance, resistance, love, adaptability, gratefulness, faith and more.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My identity, essence and culture are reflected in my artwork, I creatively express myself allowing my soul and spirituality manifest through every work. the human figure, specially women, plays an protagonist part in my processes My art is described as a synergetic web of puzzle parts where each piece is part of a whole, together , it reflects an ideal of a visual fabric for my cultural identity and history that contemplate the perception of motherhood, folklore, gastronomy nurturing the rituals of my Garifuna background and it depth. I am one with my fellows brothers and sisters; I am also alone with the relation and connection that center around my creator, as I close my eyes I like to imagine a universe full of stars were every star is in charge of bringing power and light to enlighten other and at the same time full-fill the power source of itself. My way here was not easy but was full of faith and endurance, getting where I am now requires a deep constant effort, the willingness to fail, the courage to continue despite the obstacles along the way, it requires a lip of faith specially when most will not believe in your potential. I found out that the moment I surrender all to my creator, I have learned that my burdens decreases until disappear. I am proud and exited that I no longer need to walk alone because there is a powered that comes before me and there is nothing that I put in my mind that I can not overcome when walking in dependency of the divinity( the father the son and the Holly spirit) and I want the whole world to know that. I prefer to walk with a light baggage I kwon that the way is long and in order to arrive to my destination luggage need to be lighter.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a very bad at recommending places, I am an spontaneous woman, I go with the flow, I love coffee and one place that for sure I will make a stop will be Starbucks to catch up with everything and enjoy the bold aroma of coffee while making sketches of the customers. in the future; one of my places to visit is Spain, Rome, Italy and Amsterdam the love for nature is very strong and captivating to my spirit, plus some of my classical painters lived there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and for most Shout out to My creator; for planting the seed of life in my mother’s womb, I own anything. and everything to God. I will also give honor to my ancestors for long time initiating a journey to greatness; I am living my ancestors dreams. My dad for always trusting in me and be the one who first saw my love for the arts in me. I also want to give a huge Shout out to my mentors and educator here in U.S.A and in my country Honduras. C.A. for having equipped myself with the formal academic training in the Arts. My husband for always being there in times of financial, emotional and handyman support. I don’t want to forget all those collectors who gracefully supported my work and making a space in their space for my artwork last but not list all the institutions who in one way or other have contributed by giving me the opportunity to showcase my work Redbud Gallery, Rockport Center for the Arts, Print Austin, Assistance League of Houston, Houston Community College (visual & Performing Arts. Salann Magazine, Art Olympia ( international open art competition), Japan the curator Veronica Melendez SUDECC and Splendora Garden
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