Rosario dEspinay Saint-Luc settled in Provence in 2001 after living in Ecuador since she was a small child. Her background gave her a feeling for the common threads in different cultures, for the importance of light and for how perceptions vary. From her early school days, pencil and brush were always her first choice of play.
In 1995 she went to work in the studio of the Spanish painter Miguel Gayo where for three years she studied life drawing and painting.
On July 22, 2000 in Quito, she took part in a joint painting of a 100 metre long canvas with 35 of the best-known Ecuadorian artists such as Marcelo Aguire, Miguel Betancourt, Carlos Rosero, entitled ” For Peace and Justice”.
This event was organised by the Mariana de Jesus Foundation. The canvas was exhibited in Peru, Mexico, Argentina and the USA.
In 2001, Rosario moved to Provence where she finds the light and local colour a new source of inspiration.
– Gallery “arts Americas” Quito, Ecuador
– Gallery “Posada de las Artes Kingmann” Quito, Ecuador
– «Salon des artistes de Manosque et de sa région» Carzou Foundation.
– Gallery Art-Present , Paris, France
– Gallery “Appel d’Art” Manosque, France
– Exhibition at Storms’ gallery in Dusseldorf
– “Storm Gallery” Dusseldorf, Germany
– Carzou Foundation Manosque, France
– “Espace Ecureuil” (Foundation of the Caisse d’Epargne) Marseille, France
– “Château d’Oraison”, France
– “Château des Templiers” Gréoux les Bains, France
– Gallery “Les amis des arts” Aix en Provence, France
– Chapel of the “Hôtel-spa Relais et Château Le Couvent des Minimes” France
– Gallery “Appel d’Art” Manosque, France
– International Contemporary Art Exhibition (SIAC) Marseille
– Florence International contemporary Art Biennale, Italy.
– She has been referenced in the Cambridge Expertise
– International Art exhibition Liberated Dreams, Ferrara, Italy
– SMAR’T Contemporary Art Lounge, Aix en Provence, France
– Kunstmesse Schloss laxemburg bei Wien, Austria
– International art exhibition « Little treasures », in Bologne, Italy
– international exhibition in San Valentino, Italy
– « Kenny’s gallery » International exhibition in Galway, Ireland
– international exhibition « Passages/ Pasajes » at LAteneo in Madrid, Spain
– “Salon des artistes de Manosque et de sa région” Carzou Foundation. She was rewarded from the Jury and the Public.
– “Salon des artistes de Manosque et de sa région “,Carzou Foundation. She won the third prize of the Jury. Manosque, France
– She got the 1st prize from the public and 2nd laureate from the jury and 3rd laureate from the young public.
– International Art exhibition Liberated Dreams, Ferrara, Italy She was rewarded with the Premio Ercole dEste for the acknowledgement of her work.
Rosario D’Espinay Saint-Luc was born in Palmira, Columbia in 1971 of a French father and Columbian mother.
Since 1995, the year when she first took up painting, she travelled widely before finally settling in France in 2001.
While falling under the spell of the work of Van Gogh, Rembrandt or Picasso, she is above all drawn to abstract art.
Rosario is above all a free-spirit, an artist who feels compelled to think big. She is not trying for cheap effects but is rather seeking to create images that sensitize and grip the imagination…
Sometimes she uses raised layers to make a relief, but for the most part the paint is applied smoothly albeit variably. To this she adds “scratches”, almost like wounds that can be seen and felt as if they could actually be harmful.
In her series “roots” or “landscape”, each jagged scratch is thought through and only completed after many hours of careful reflection. She endows colour with a strong symbolic and metaphysical force. Strands of light go off in different directions, all the better to burrow into the work and give off a dynamic and sensual depth, while on the surface the works can be read at different levels, as if trying to reveal a collection of early-warning signals.
She successfully contrasts strength and lightness of touch in the handling of her materials and this can be seen clearly in every shade and nuance. Although Rosario uses a broad palette of colour, she often shows a preference for blues, allied to shades of black. It all works well together in the space between emptiness and drawn image. Each canvas makes a statement that is bold and unexpected but unequivocally real. There is an interplay between the medium and how the medium is given expression that may appear haphazard but in fact finds its wellspring in pure emotion.
Forever changing, Rosario changes tempo and rhythm and is nourished the whole time by new experiences. You can feel the artist learning from these experiences, searching, finding, exploring.. With Rosario you have total commitment. Going forward, may she be and remain true to herself as with talent like hers, nothing else really matters!
If this artist came to abstract art quite naturally it is also because this way of expressing herself enables her to go beyond certain natural limits to achieve a spontaneity of feeling and conviction. You can sense how much she always needs to be able to get close to other human beings and in this way to share with us everything that stirs her so strongly.
Rosario d’Espinay Saint-Luc has managed to move on from her earliest work and in the process open up a universal artistic language which strives to reflect everything she believes in and which she knows she can share with each and every one of us.
Her creativity does not mean going over the top or being outrageous, but rather through her indefinable serenity it echoes, without any shadow of doubt, her deepest aspirations. We have here a talent that will go far and will in all probability soon be found in major art galleries
C.E contemporary art critic