20 Questions with Karla Caprali


Karla Caprali is a visionary artist, blurring the lines between drawing, painting and sculpture with her cut-out installations. Her works are didactic, delicate details, yet a scope that is large and fully encompassing, intimate yet distant. Caprali is a native of Brazil. After studying at the School of Visual Arts in Sao Paolo, she relocated to New York where she exhibited in many prestigious galleries. Since moving to Miami twelve years ago she has exhibited in Art Basel and Wynwood Art Fair (part of the Marguiles Collection benefiting The Lotus House). She is a resident artist at Bakehouse Art Complex and operates Caprali Studios (art classes and workshops). Karla recently participated in “Sustain”, the group exhibit at Art House of Delray. Ms. Caprali creates work using many media; painting, drawing, and paper cut- outs, often in combination, to achieve very intricate, unique works. The images convey personal experiences. She explores the concepts in memory and perception. The influence of Brazil is an omnipresent factor, the nature, the fables and myths. Her works also explore an ever-present sense of tension; the struggle and ultimate balance between forces of nature, light and dark, positive and negative, past and future, the daily routine of motherhood with dreams and memories. “Art, for me, is like a child lost in the wilderness, a ghost of life grasping for some roots to cling to.” Karla’s work probes both format and concept. Recently, she has found inspiration in the Florida mangroves, both imagery and emotion are reflected. Her cut paper and wire installations are weightless, yet extremely sculptural, inhabiting space in both 2 and 3 dimensions. The use of durable mylar paper allows her work an incredible freedom of form, either floating on water or suspended in the air. Karla will partake in “Scope, International Art Show” in Miami December 3-8, 2013. www.caprali.com. What is your idea of perfect happiness? My idea of perfect happiness is waking up someday with less expectations about my work,and a cold glass of beer on a beach house with my kids, my husband and I in perfect health. What is your greatest fear? That nowadays violence and craziness could affect my family. Where do you find artistic inspiration? In books, movies, history, my family, my past, as I am always learning with my own surroundings. Which living person do you most admire? My dad, self made man, he is like Phoenix. Things can be so tough for him (in business and in life) sometimes, but he always seems to come back completely, and regenerated, each and every time. Who is your favorite artist? Kiki Smith, but I also love Audrey Niffenegger. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Faith.


Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Oh, well”. When did your first know that you had to become an artist? At age 10. I started to transfer images from fashion magazines my mom use to buy, like Marie Claire, onto paper, color it and sell at school for something like $0.50. After my math teacher bought one for $1.00 I raised my price. That was me already establishing a relationship between art and art buyers. What is your greatest regret? Is having regrets! What or who is the greatest love of your life? Sounds corny but, it is actually my current husband, I was married 3 times before, but this is the first time I actually fell in love with someone. When and where were you happiest? Now. Here. Which talent (other than being an artist) would you most like to have? MUSIC for suuuure! (piano player or guitar player or even being a singer). If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My stubborn ways! What do you consider your greatest artistic achievement? Hand cutting 18 feet of tyvek paper in intricate cut outs in less than a month to be layered on a pool. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Myself again…I think I need more time to learn about myself anyways. What is your most treasured possession? My happiness. What do you most value in your friends? Honesty. Who are your heroes in real life? My family, and activists Malala, and Aung San Suu Kyi. What is it that you most dislike? Bigotry. What is your motto? Simple and repeated too many times but my favorite is always: Treat people as you want to be treated.

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