Magaly Barnola-Otaola is a Venezuelan artist whose oeuvre is inspired by the tireless desire for progress and knowledge of humankind. In her recent works, Magaly revisits her drawings from decades ago and updates them with a renewed look, relying on new materials and technologies.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela Magaly Barnola de Otaola obtained her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Cristobal Rojas School of Plastic Arts. She received formal training from prestigious Venezuelan master painters such as Pedro Centeno Vallenilla, Luis Alfredo Lopez Mendez, Edgar Sanchez and Alirio Rodriguez.
Barnola de Otaola’s main inspiration comes from her own husband, Dr Juan Francisco Otaola Pavan considered being one of the most important Latin American civil engineers of the 20th century.
“I was tremendously fascinated by the continuous outstanding duet between man-machine found in my husband’s inventions and the radical innovation that brought forward the man’s brainpower,” said artist.
Barnola de Otaola’s relationship with her husband was based on the constant sharing of his engineering ideas, as marvelous as witnessing the whole process of design and construction of Venezuela’s most iconic bridge, the “Puente Rafael Urdaneta,” located on the oil-rich Maracaibo Lake in a country with the largest proven oil reserves in the world.
In a radical postmodern practice and with no fear of criticism, Barnola-Otaola scans her previous drawings, taking them to another level of conception. Artist’s photo images have their own proper visual force, allure, and perspective.
Emerging from a process of deconstruction and through a process of mechanical reproduction, the artist changes the aesthetics of the work engendering new magic based on the model and not on the real and tactile drawing as an original.
By using hyper technology and breaking-through tradition Barnola-Otaola re-intervenes her own images appropriating and displacing them towards a utopian illusion.
It’s LED light which is conducted through the acrylic frame creating and revealing a futuristic-looking drawing. These type of lights have not been fully used in art as a complement of the work itself. It has somehow been used in exclusive advertising but not in the arts. I think it’s a new way to present the drawings in a form that correspond to the “high-tech” times we are currently living.