Carola Bravo is a Venezuelan artist and architect who actually lives and works in Miami. She received her BSc in Architecture from the Philadelphia Colleges of the Arts, Philadephia, USA, in 1987, where she was awarded with two important prizes: the “Kenneth Parker Award” and “The Rouse Award”, and a Master in Theory and Art History from the Art School in the Central University of Venezuela, Caracas in 2003. She is also a Doctorate Candidate for a Ph.D in Architecture. Actually Bravo is completing her doctoral dissertation on the value of paintings for the representation and understanding of urban landscapes.
Over the last decade, Carola Bravo has pursued simultaneous careers as artist and architect. She is well known for her immersive site-specific installations, urban interventions and intimate studio artworks that address space, changing territories and their geometry. Her artwork has long reflected a strong interest in the environment and involves the use and interpretation of maps and cartographies in order to explore multiple ways of representing territorial limits as “limitless”.
Regarding her academic activities, she is a Titular Professor, with more than 20 years of experience in the Design, Architecture and Art Department at Simón Bolívar University in Venezuela where she taught courses as: drawing, art appreciation, art technics, artistic expression, art history, creativity, etc. Bravo also was the Head of the Art Section for more than 10 years and Coordinator of the Architecture Carrer. Actually she teaches several workshops for the Designalter Foundation.
Bravo has been commissioned by several institutions to design public interventions. Some of them have been ephemerals and some are part of the public spaces in Caracas. She just finished in 2011 a huge boulevard intervention in Petare, one of the most well known “barrios” in Caracas. Additional commissions include a Mural for the “Pepsi Cola Company” at the Metropolitan University and a memorial piece in 2003 called “Heridas Abiertas” for the Chacao Community, both in Caracas.
Regarding her activities as an art promotor, she was the co-founder of “La Llama Foundation” in 2001, which is part of “The Triangle Art Trust” organization founded in London, England, an international artist network that promotes dialogue, exchange of ideas within contemporary visual arts in different countries all over the world. She has provided art lectures for kids and talks in museums and art institutions, as well as juried several art contests. Bravo is currently on the Board of the “Salón de Arte y Ciencias” in Caracas.
Her work have been exhibited at major museums in Venezuela like: Museo de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Galería de Arte Nacional, etc., as well as in many international galleries like: Ideobox Art Space in Miami; Soto Gallery in Boston; Fernando Zubillaga and Okyo Galleries in Caracas; Alonso Arte in Bogotá; many art events and fairs such as: Shanghai Art Fair China, Pinta New York, ArtBo Bogotá, FIA Caracas, MIA Miami, Arteamericas Art Fair Miami; institutions and art events in several countries like: Florence Contemporary Art Biennale in Italy; Sweden Biennale in Estocolm; Wang Fung Gallery in Beijing, China; Braziers International Artists Workshop, London England. Among her solo exhibits are: “Caracas 428″(1995) at the Caracas’s Goverment Palace, “Cartografías Imprecisas” (2001) at the CELARG- Center of Latinoamerican Studies, “Mapas Mutantes” (2005) at the Universidad Simón Bolívar and “Registros Intuitivos” (2011) at the Fernando Zubillaga Gallery at Los Galpones Art Cente in Caracas, Venezuela.
Carola Bravo has been the recipient of numerous awards both in Venezuela and abroad, including the 1999 “Main Prize” at the annual National Art Contemporary Salon of Aragua, the “Andrés Perez Mujica Award” at the annual National Visual Arts Salon Michelena, both in Venezuela; and the prize “Lorenzo il Magnífico” at the Biennale Internazionale dell´Arte Contemporanea in Florence Italy. In 2002 she received the “Iván Petrovsky Award” at the annual National Visual Arts Salon Michelena; In 2003 an “Honorable Mention” at the Venezuelan Exxon Mobil Salon; and in 2007 she was awarded with the prize “Iacene Award” at the IX National Sculpture Biennale Francisco Narváez in Porlamar Venezuela.
Her work is included in numerous major private collections as well as the permanente collections of the Wang Fung Gallery in Beijing-China; Museum of Contemporary Art Mario Abreu in Maracay and Ateneo of Valencia, both in Venezuela; Mercantil Foundation, ING Bank, Banesco Bank, Chacao Cultural Foundation, Goverment Palace of Caracas, Metropolitan University, Etiqueta Magazine, all in Caracas- Venezuela; Art Nexus Magazine in Bogotá-Colombia.