Inverna Lockpez

Artist Statement

I am painting three subjects: The ocean, which is the heart of our planet; old wooden boats, the oldest means of transportation; and magnificent water birds.  These paintings all share a vocabulary of formal and technical effects. 

How we perceive these boat images is not fixed but changing.  One may evoke memories of days on foreign shores; another of rescue and untold stories.  Some images are about hope and dreams, where the boats are blonde and the sea turns blue with infinite softness.

The austere simplicity and expressionistic techniques used on the birds, is used to portray - like personality qualities.  The use of color is dramatic and implies an allegorical rather than a literal context.  The paint applied in dense impasto and scarred with brush strokes talks about the brutal hand of time and require your attention to discover a hidden presence.

About the Artist

Inverna Lockpez, painter, was born in Habana, Cuba, where she attended medical school at the University of Habana, studied painting and sculpture at the National Academy of San Alejandro, and printmaking at Taller de Grabado, both in Habana.  In addition, she also studied in New York at Columbia University and at the School of Visual Arts.

Inverna has exhibited widely throughout the United States at venues such as The New York Department of Cultural Affairs; Artist Space; 55 Street Mercer Gallery; Hamilton College; C.W. Post; Nexus Gallery; Art in General; ABC No Rio; El Paso Museum of Fine Arts; Aldrich Museum; Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art; Rutgers University; and many others.

She has also received various grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA); (two) Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS); (two) CINTAS Foundation Fellowship; Vogelstein Foundation; CETA Award; and (two) Roxbury Arts Group-NYSCA Decentralization Grant.

Inverna is the author of two books:  “The  Noble Barn,” with thirty-one colored images of icons of rural American life; and “Cuba:  My Revolution,” a graphic novel inspired by her coming-of-age experiences in Cuba.