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Erika Stanley













Erika Stanley


Erika Stanley, born on the 9th of October 1973, lets her creativity rule since her early youth. As a child, she’s not interested in easy toys. She prefers to draw, play with Lego and Meccano and experiment with music instruments. Her parents stimulate her in that, something for which the artist will always be grateful. At the age of 3 she starts to be interested in art, after examining a book from Belgian painter Magritte. His surrealistic works have such a deep impact on Erika, that she naturally chooses a similarly direction of art.
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After her high school period, which is highlighted by excellent results in creative classes, Erika starts to paint at the age of 17. She becomes a student at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Costa Rica. At first she combines traditional art classes with film production, but along the way Erika starts to prefer
working alone over creating within a team. Being just 22 years old, she is acknowledged by critics as a talent in painting, sculpturing and creating three dimensional art objects. Those art expressions come by turns in Erika’s work schedule. “When I’ m painting, I think about designing sculptures and vice versa. It’s a process that I can’t stop and because of that I never have a lack of inspiration.” The interest in Erika’s work is not limited to the Costa Rican market. Expositions in Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, the United States and Germany. Recently she’s mainly active in Latin America, while her new home base in the Netherlands gives Erika the opportunity to further explore European art territories. She is resolved to grow and to keep developing her art. “The reason that I like to renew my work and expose it all over the world is that I want to spend the rest of my life making art, wherever possible and in each thinkable form.”


Studies:

1997
Fine art study, specialty in painting, Faculty Of Fine Arts, University Of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.
Video direction and production, Costa Rican Film Centre, San José, Costa Rica.
1995
Video direction and production, Technologic Institute Of Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica.


Awards:

1997
Graduation with honor of last year of fine art studies, specialty in painting, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.
1996
First price in National Contest Of Cinema and Video, category Fiction Amateur, San José, Costa Rica.
1995
First price student painting contest "University View", Faculty Of Fine Arts, University Of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
Price Of Honor in New values contest “Fausto Pacheco”, Cultural Centre Costarricense Norteamericano, San José, Costa Rica








Erika Stanley:

“Creating art is what my life is all about; painting and making sculptures are my reasons to be”. Erika Stanley, born on the 9th of October 1973, lets her creativity rule since her early youth. As a child, she’s not interested in easy toys. She prefers to draw, play with Lego and Meccano and experiment with music instruments. Her parents stimulate her in that, something for which the artist will always be grateful. At the age of 3 she starts to be interested in art, after examining a book from Belgian painter Magritte. His surrealistic works have such a deep impact on Erika, that she naturally chooses a similarly direction of art.

After her high school period, which is highlighted by excellent results in creative classes, Erika starts to paint at the age of 17. She becomes a student at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Costa Rica. At first she combines traditional art classes with film production, but along the way Erika starts to prefer working alone over creating within a team. It doesn’t take long before the young artist is successful with mysteriously looking, surrealistic works, sold through renowned galleries In Costa Rica. Being just 22 years old, she is acknowledged by critics as a great talent in painting, sculpturing and creating three dimensional art objects. Those art expressions come by turns in Erika’s work schedule. “When I’ m painting, I think about designing sculptures and vice versa. It’s a process that I can’t stop and because of that I never have a lack of inspiration.”

The interest in Erika’s work is not limited to the Costa Rican market. Expositions in Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, the United States and Germany help her to become internationally well-known. Recently she’s mainly active in Latin America, while her second home base in The Netherlands gives Erika the opportunity to further explore European art territories. She is resolved to grow and to keep developing her art. “The reason that I like to renew my work and expose it all over the world is that I want to spend the rest of my life making art, wherever possible and in each thinkable form.”

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