II am self-taught and my paintings are reflection of my emotions, dreams, visions or ideas. I'm always open and looking for new techniques or subjects to integrate into my work to keep me inspired. I started drawing at age 7 and painting with oils when I was 15th inspired by the idea of finding a magic pencil that would turn my designs into real things...now I see that its Art that it's been giving shape to my life all these years instead and for that I'm very grateful.
Fiorella Podestá, (Fio) was born in Santiago de Chile, demonstrated her artistic talent from an early age. When she started drawings at age of 7th and dominating the oil technique in her 20th. Fiorella's creative potential gave her a scholarship at the Fine Arts University of Chile.
After some years of studies, she decides to continue painting as a self-taught . At age of 23 she makes his first individual exhibition "Parallel Worlds" in the Cousiño Palace (National Monument of Chile), in which Fio sells all her work. With the obtained, she retires to a cabin in the Elqui Valley (Cordillera de los Andes, Chile) and travels throughout South America. Indigenous peoples, their colors, traditions, ways of life and beliefs mark Podestá . Since then her paintings will be very influenced by these years of research and experiences in direct contact with nature and native peoples.
In 2003 Fiorella arrives in Miami, USA. This is where she will start to paint big scale murals. During the following 16 years Fio exhibit and paint mostly in Wynwood the Art district in Miami . Participates in important international urban art festivals such as "The Bushwick Collective" and "Meeting of Style" (MOS) consecutively for Art Basel in Miami and at the same time is invited to exhibit her work in public art events organized by the "Art Museum of Light" Sponsored by the Government of Chile in Santiago, here Podestá presented "Canto al agua" one of her paintings that was projected on the Mapocho River in a circumference of 30 meters along with 13 other renowned artists , illuminating 1 kilometer of the river, in a pioneer show.
In 2018 it arrives in Spain and goes to Aranda de Duero, were she is selected by the City Hall and Council of Woman to create a mural to promote equals rights and prevention of gender violence against woman. In it, Fiorella not only pays tribute to his roots, but also shows how a woman is and can be whatever she wants, wherever she may be, regardless of her culture, studies or beliefs. She is a woman full of color and life, who looks forward to the future, carrying in her mind her past and dreams, which shape her .
Bio by Lorena Bodas, 2018