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Gina Echeverry

Biography of Gina

Gina Maria was born in Chocó, Colombia, in 1976. She earned a Bachelor Degree as a Fine Arts Teacher from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogota, in her natal country, in 1997. That same year she moved back to Chocó, on the Colombian Pacific coast, to work with the poor communities and the children.

Chocó is a territory with a majority of black population. It is also the poorest region in Colombia, and the most affected by violence in recent years. After finishing school, Gina Maria joined the Technological University of Chocó, where she created the Program of Fine Arts, the first ever to exist in the Colombian Pacific Coast, convinced, as she was that Arts offered a big possibility for the youngsters to be kept out of the mainstream violence.

She was sure that through the Arts it was possible to improve the harsh conditions in which people live in that beautiful but impoverished region. With that goal in mind, she helped to create the Popular School for Arts, which made possible for many community artists with no formal education to have access to classes, governmental aid, and opportunities.

Being an advocate for Civil and Human Rights, her art gathers the varied cultural expressions of the African Diaspora in Latin America, as well as the permanent struggle of women to reach their fulfillment, in a society that denies their right to be.

The series that form her exhibition speak for themselves: When Mothers Love, Silent Witnesses, Waiting for Them, Women of Color, among others, are -unfortunately- signs that reflect the war she witnessed in her country, the suffering of the weakest, the pain that women and children have to endure.

In year 2000 Gina left Colombia and moved to Philadelphia, PA, where she began to teach fine art classes to the children in North Philadelphia. Currently Gina divides her time between her paintings, teaching elementary school, and advocacy work on behalf of women and disadvantaged communities in Latin America.
Gina has had exhibits in many places, in her natal Colombia and in the USA. In this country she has showed her artwork in cities like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C., among others.

Gina Maria Echeverry, painter

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