ARTIST STATEMENT: Elizabeth Erazo Baez is a Latina artist who is known for her ability to capture the cultural emotional nuances of the Puerto Rican experience. Baez's visually stimulating art of folklore, tradition and nostalgia are rich in color, texture and emotion. On her tapestry of possibilities, Baez depicts Latin- centric contemporary art as well as luminous landscapes, proactive portraits, still lives and vibrant cultural realities. For example in her painting "La Fiesta Plena" the artist shares the rich tradition of story telling through song, dance and drumming celebrating the Afro Latin traditions of Puerto Rico.
Born in Brooklyn, New York of Puerto Rican parents, Baez celebrates her bicultural perspective as a NewYorican who had the fortunate opportunity to grow up both in New York City and in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. According to Baez, "I wasn't born in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was born in me." Her distinctive bicultural perspective collides vibrantly on her palette with great detail. In her technique she captures the soul of each painting by weaving brush strokes into feelings of hope, pride and sometimes despair. "Art calls at me. It calls for me to express and to evoke passion." "It is my connection with God, which is why it must be shared, says Baez.
Baez has an Associate in Arts and Sciences for Art and Advertising Design from New York City Tech College.
Currently living in Miami, Florida Baez is both a wife and a mother of two young children. Inspired by her own family,
Parranda 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 24" wide x 20" high "This is a traditional Christmas time traveling party that goes from home to home. The party grows with each home visited and moves on to the next house.