I met art when I was very young. My mother is an art historian, and in her passion she often took me to exhibitions and museums. Her friends used to be linked to this world, so I grew up knowing the art intimitely. Although in the first instance, I was not passionate. That came later.
Sorry, I didn’t introduce myself. I am Mariana Ceballos-Escalera, I am an art historian, appraiser and expert. I am currently collaborating with The Art Market Agency, and I have had the good fortune to meet Tamara this summer: together we decided to establish this project, and talk about art, what most moves us in this world, each from our perspective.
My career has led me to visit galleries, auction houses and artists studios. I have developed my artistic side in the university, and I have been fortunate enough to be able to mix with Fine Arts and the most plastic and usually unknown part of my profession.
Visiting exhibitions complements me, but I have to admit that I have a special relationship with staining my hands, sculpting, carving, drawing and painting. I don’t do it particularly well, nor do I often do (lacking space for practise it) but when I can take a moment of my time, take a brush and watercolors, I travel to another world.
As I said, this has not always been the case. When I was a kid, the museums bored me, the painting stressed me and I did not have any peculiar artistic gifts. Thanks to the fate I went to study the Artistic Baccalaureate, and there I discovered that everything that had bored me now filled me. Honestly, it was two very happy years in which I enjoyed what I was studying: it was the perfect union between theoretical and practical work. A union that, much to my regret, tends to lack in the world of art.
Here, month to month, I will tell you what art has done in my life, and what it has allowed me to learn from it. I hope that you find interesting the trip, and leave you each month with desire of a little more …
Mariana Ceballos-Escalera Hicks-Mudd