"I want to change the world," says Camilla Fernandez about her work. "I have big dreams, and I communicate them through my art." Boasting dramatic colors, bold designs, and fun, fresh imagery, Camilla is the walking embodiment of her native Venezuela.
Born in the 1960s after a tumultuous end to a military dictatorship, Camilla's family raised her to believe in hope, dreams, and light. She began painting from a young age, sitting on the balcony of her parents' apartment in Caracas. In the hot days of summer, while the other children played in the street, Camilla painted, practicing brushstrokes while capturing the sights around her.
Despite her early interest, Camilla never saw art as her future. She attended the Universidad de Los Andes, studying topics that excited her, like classical studies, history, and literature. After graduation, however, she found herself listless and lost, searching for her true calling. That's when she returned to painting.
Instead of moving out, moving away, and getting an office job like so many of her peers, Camilla moved back home. She set up a studio in her old bedroom, and began to focus once more on her painting. For more than 30 years, she has been expressing her feelings of life, laughter, and love through the joy of artistic expression.
At museae, she is able to share her visions with the world, selling canvases, clothing, blankets, and pillows that feature her creative, abstract artwork. "If one person, and only one, buys my designs, I will still be happy," she says. "It only takes one person to start a revolution."