KAROLINA ROJAS

About

b. 1986, HK.

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Karolina Rojas

Master of Fine Arts, Digital Arts, from Pratt Institute, New York, USA (2009). Specialist in Design and Television Production at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia (2006). Master of Arts with emphasis on Electronic Media and Time Arts from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2004). Currently works as a teacher (at undergraduate and Master's level) and researcher in the Design Department of the Universidad de los Andes.

Much of Karolina Rojas’ work focuses on artistic creation and promotion regarding publications and individual and collective exhibitions. In parallel to her career as an artist, she has developed design and illustration projects for agencies and institutions within the country and abroad. She performs and actively participates in activities that are derived from artistic and academic work, including conferences, conversations, curatorships, direction and creative support for thesis projects, assistance as a jury member, and specialized workshops in conjunction with international experts. The dynamics of her creative work, which has been included in various journals and related projects, is relevant to contemporary artistic practice.

Professor Rojas’ research activity has generated important outputs, including publications, exhibitions, and specialized lectures, leaving a record of what happens in the academic and creative execution processes. Her work includes the project and publication Ilustrados (Fanzine Collection, 2013–2015) that includes six books that reflect theoretically on illustration processes and techniques. This research also generated three articles. “Ilustrados: Procesos creativos y experiencias en la ilustración” (“Illustrated: Creative processes and experiences in illustration”; 2015) was published in the Universidad Javeriana of Bogota’s journal Cuadernos de Música, Artes visuales y Artes escénicas. The others (“Pedagogical approaches to illustration: From replication to spontaneity” and “Design challenges: Learning between pressure and pleasure”) were written for a conference at the Learn X Design congress (2015) in Chicago, USA.

Currently, Professor Rojas is developing a project where she explores scientific drawing, focusing on research on emblematic birds in important collections and natural history museums. This project identifies models for the generation of artistic products, exploring how publishing pursue the academic and didactic objectives of clarifying guidelines for drawing using a realistic style and a communicative and scientific purpose in order to illustrate essential information about the species.

Her artistic and creative work is constant, and she is interested in the meticulous observation and capture of plastic elements that can materialize in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, as well as the search for and identification of a particular aesthetics with romantic features within contemporary cultural products. Her artistic productions have had notable recognition through exhibitions at both the individual and collective level in important spaces and galleries, as well as at various national and international art events. Her more recent work focuses on the development of installations with neon lights, sculptures, and a wide-ranging series of drawings (using analog-digital techniques) on varied topics. These pieces reflect the various forms in which works are represented in artistic media and the impact of the media and the digital on contemporary artistic practice. 

CV available upon request.