Born in Buenos Aires, to a family of accomplished visual artists and musicians, I grew up immersed in energy and color, inspired by people, art, music, architecture, and the variance, intricacies, and connections of colors and patterns. My palette is bold, an expression of this energy and cherished memories of my native Argentina.
Many ideas tend to speak to me at once so I often begin my paintings with a grid. The vertical and horizontal lines calm my active brain and provide a structure on which to work. I paint within the cells before tying the work together.
The encaustic medium encourages me to work more abstractly, making connections between shapes, patterns, and colors. I work slowly and deliberately building up the fragrant layers of warm sticky wax using a blowtorch to fuse each layer. I incorporate collage materials in the wax – sometimes visible, other times not. Autobiographical stories are encased inside the waxy pigment. The layers of narrative and paint parallel the layers and complexity of life.
The encaustic monotype process stretches me even further as an artist as it requires me to surrender and use tools that often result in unpredictable outcomes. Encaustic monotypes are prints made from wax paintings transferred onto paper. The paintings are created using solid pigmented wax sticks, brushes, sponges, and other tools on the surface of a heated metal plate, a hotbox. The use of pigmented wax paint allows me to build layers of texture into my painting resulting in a color-rich, complex, one-of-a-kind painting.
The mediums of pen and ink, oils, watercolor, acrylics, and digital “paint” help me to create an impressionistic series of works representing music, flowers, villages, landscapes, and wildlife. This work I affectionately describe as “doodles” since it allows me a free hand using a minimum of tools during creation.
Since 2009, I have been able to devote myself to being a full-time artist. To that end, I consistently seek exhibition opportunities while enhancing my studio practice and knowledge of the art business.
Every painting starts with a grid. The vertical and horizontal lines calm my active brain and provide a structure on which to work.
I often paint within the cells of the grid before tying everything together. Because I use encaustic, I work slowly and deliberately. Building up sticky, fragrant layers of wax forces me to be present. This meditative process is as important as the end result.
Autobiographical stories on paper are encased inside the waxy pigment. The layers of narrative and paint parallel the layers of energy from daily life. Abstract shapes, patterns, and vivid color recall cherished memories of my native Argentina.
Dora Ficher relates autobiographical narratives in her encaustic paintings. Abstract shapes, patterns, and vivid color recall cherished memories of her native Argentina.
Instituto de Bellas Artes “Beato Angelico” Profesorado de Artes Visuales, Buenos Aires, Argentina BFA, BEA
2017 Intermediate Workshop on Encaustic Monotypes with Paula Roland, Santa Fe, NM
2016 Carbon Lab: Graphite, Ink + Encaustic with Paula Roland, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
2014 Class with Heather Hutchison, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Color with Hylla Evans, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
2013 Pattern, Repetition, Process with Lorraine Glessner, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Casting, Building, Sculpting with Kelly McGrath, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Moving your work forward with Pigment Sticks, Lisa Pressman, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Casting, building, sculpting, with Kelly McGrath, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Pattern, Repetition and Process with Lorraine Glessner, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
2012 Wax and Bricolage with Nancy Natale, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Wax and Screen printing with Jeff Hirst, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Pigment Sticks with Lisa Pressman, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Encaustic and Photography with Elena De La Ville, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Encaustic Monoprinting with David A. Clark, Visiting Artist Series at R & F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY
2011 Day of Flames with Lynette Haggard, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Patterned Effects w/ Mixed Media in Encaustic with Gregory Wright, Truro Art Center, Truro, MA
Participant at “The International Encaustic Conference” Provincetown, MA
2010 Encaustic different techniques with Tremain Smith
Encaustic and Photography with Leah McDonald
2009 – 2010 Art business classes and workshops with Alyson B. Stanfield, author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion
Encaustic with Lorraine Glessner, Abington, PA
1993 – 1995 Berkeley Computer Training, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Related Coursework: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Quark, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel
1989 - 2018 Co-Owner/Director, Fun in the Sun children’s summer camp for art classes and activities
1990 - 2008 Art – Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Plymouth Meeting, PA
2019 Cafe Isla, Media, PA
High Point Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Trolley Car Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Good Karma Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Featured Artist, Artista Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2010 More Colores, Olitsky Art Gallery Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA
2009 De Colores, Gratz College, Elkins Park, PA
2020 Collective Associate Members Exhibitions, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2019 A Sense of Burning, The Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Scotts Mills Studios, Philadelphia, PA
Collective Associate Members Exhibitions, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Anything But Flat, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA Juried Exhibition
2018 Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Scotts Mills Studios, Philadelphia, PA
County Studio Tours, Montgomery County, PA
Juried Group Exhibit, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2017 Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA
Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
2016 Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA
Gold Standard Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Embassy of Argentina, Washington, DC
2014 Gold Standard Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA