We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Colazo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting to make art just when I arrived to this country, was more than anything the decision was to stay connected to my essence, to my passion, you know, if you stay firm in what you want and want to do, one thing leads to another, the security and the tenacity of wanting to grow in what is mine, was and is the constant impulse, I just started doing what I loved, showing myself and that opened the doors to different possibilities.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The art that I do is figurative, realistic. I really like to represent images of real life, the human figure, boats, the sea, flowers, there are usually intense colors in my work -Generally what I paint has to do with some internal process, something that marks an internal growth in my, something that marks my spiritual path. My purpose is to connect people with love, the beauty of simplicity, depth and at the same time the magic of everyday life. I am proud to achieve what I want to capture. I believe that I am still on the way to where I want to go. I had many life challenges, but I have always moved on knowing that it is all part of the journey where I am going.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Personally, I would like to take my best friend or someone special on their days visiting the beach, in Las Olas Boulevard, I choose them for their tranquility and then we would eat in the area. The following days I would walk through Miami beach, visiting the Lincoln Road area where you can find many stores, we would buy clothes at H&M and also in Forever21 to end up eating at Spris Pizza or Pizza Rustica. The following days we would walk through South point, visiting Miami beach at that spot. A one-day tour would be Key Biscayne, its residential area and beach area with its parks like Crandon Beach, we would eat in them to enjoy nature. We’d go to the Lighthouse on Key Biscayne Coral Gables is undoubtedly a tour that should not be left behind, we would go to Miracle Mile, visiting the Giralda, and the stores that the area offers, we would eat in Graziano’s (Argentine restaurant and market) and visit the Golden Triangle store, where there is incenses, stones, Buddhas, Hindu clothing, etc. As well as Barnes and Noble or Books and Books I would visit Coconut grove, the marina is my favorite place, we would have a picnic in that place enjoying it’s tranquility, green and watching the boats, then we would walk through coconut grove to eat in Sapore di Mare. A mall of my preference is Merrick park where we would attend for sure. Also something to visit is Vizcaya Museum, a place full of history, nature and architecture And for last for a special day we would do a day at Dolphin Mall. And to rest we would only walk through Brickell, on the Bay, appreciating the tranquility that this place gives it area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to mainly thank my family, they are my team, we have gone through many things but always together, being resilient, sustaining us, the moments with them are my renewal and my encouragement. My mom is someone I lean on a lot and she has given me refuge in my darkest days, she has helped me immensely with her love. My niece, my other sun that inspires me to continue. My friends, many from my native country are people who have known, guide and accompany and have helped me to trust what I do, always encouraging me to continue and know how to wait in the most difficult moments of gestation, because you usually don’t see the light, you must be in yourself and the uncertainty is usually very great, until everything blooms. And my friends, from Miami (Patricia and Enrique), they are my family in this country, without them rooting here would have been very difficult, they have been key to adapting and being able to sow, grateful to them for their immense love, for being people of well with a noble heart that knows how to shelter. I feel very lucky to know that I have them-
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