Five questions to Lorena Osorio

Five questions to Lorena Osorio

Lorena Osorio was born on March 8, 1988, in Panama City, Republic of Panama and currently resides in the serene beach community of Buenaventura, Panama. Captivated by the art world from an early age, she channels her passion into creating captivating works inspired by the energy of her surroundings and the people she meets.

How did you get into art?

My journey into art began back in middle school when I first started painting. I loved going through artists biographies, the evolution of their works through time and their creative process. I was intrigued by the idea of expressing emotions through art, but I struggled with completing my pieces, often leaving them unfinished. However, one day, everything just clicked, and I finally completed a painting that felt truly satisfying. It was a pivotal moment for me, bringing both joy in sharing my work and personal fulfillment in its completion.

How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

Energetic. I alternate between straight, structured lines and lines that flow like the gentle movement of hair swaying in the breeze. I enjoy solid backgrounds so that the lines are the main characters of my pieces. I like to think that my work has an inherent energy, inviting viewers to experience and connect with a distinct emotional resonance. The brush strokes shift from very thick to thin lines, all to convey different feelings. 

How do you go about developing your work?

Developing my work is like a dance between intuition and technique. I draw inspiration from the energy of the world around me, allowing it to guide my creative process. Initially, I sketch out the essence of my idea, capturing its fluidity and movement either on paper or digitally. Then, I translate these sketches onto a canvas, layering solid backgrounds with simple yet dynamic lines. These lines, varying in thickness and curvature, are a reflection of the flow of life itself, lending depth and character to my abstract compositions. Each stroke is deliberate yet spontaneous, adding to the emotions and experiences that define my artistic journey. Since my pieces are usually on the larger scale, I must work with the canvas directly on the wall, using stools, stairs or chairs to be able to reach the desired outcome. I have different sizes of brushes and other tools I use for the making of the lines.  

Who or what influences you?

I'm influenced by pretty much everything around me. People I meet, places I visit, even just the vibe of a particular day—it all seeps into my work somehow. You know how sometimes you just feel a certain energy in the air? That's what I try to capture on canvas. And painting, it's like therapy for me. It's where I can let all those vibes and emotions out in the open. Each stroke is like a little piece of my soul finding its way onto the canvas. My art is basically a reflection of the crazy, beautiful chaos of life itself.

Make us curious. What are you planning to do next?

Only time will tell…

Photographer: Diego Rodriguez

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