Born in Havana, Cuba in 1957 Dora has studied with many outstanding professors such as José María Rueda de Andrés, her former landscape teacher at the University Painting Department. Later she obtained her Degree in Fine Arts by the Complutense University of Madrid. She has been awarded different prizes throughout her career and a scholarship through the Santa María de Albarracín Foundation holding solo shows since year 2000 and participating in group exhibitions several times a year as well as acting as a curator in two large exhibitions held in Guadalajara and in Madrid. Her work has been exhibited in different contemporary ArtFairs in Cologne, Germany, Atlanta, USA, Strasbourgh, France . Also part of the exhibiting artists in 2003 at the IX Mostra of the Macuf, Museum of Contemporary Art in La Coruña.
Dora is considered an Expressionist painter. She has travelled from abstract figuration to abstract expressionism, developing a personal line easily recognizable. She is inspired by Velázquez, Goya, Sorolla and Picasso due to her Spanish educational background. Dora also finds inspiration in Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon, Albert Oehlen, among many others.
Dora says: “Approaching a new project is never an easy task. Ideas come and go and most of the time the result or line of investigation is quite different from the original idea”.
In order to organize that chaotic first step she uses sketchbooks or any other means where drawing and writing is involved. Starting always from nature it takes a while until ideas are well defined. It’s sort of a digestion process where forms and thoughts merge under the tyranny of technical process.
“It never comes easy to create away from formulas allowing the unknown to produce a chaos that you must control based on your experience and technical knowhow”.