We had the good fortune of connecting with Vero Murphy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vero, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I think taking a certain level of risk is absolutely necessary to grow. Taking risk always moves you out of your “comfort zone”, and we need to do it to make something new, to develop new skills, and to feel more alive!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Through my art, I’m hoping my viewing public will reflect on the fascinating world we live in and understand our place in it as human beings beyond geographical borders, race or gender. I use different materials and mediums selected precisely to emphasize their inherent symbolic value to reinforce the message I’m trying to communicate. Lately, I’m working on a series, “Cultures”, which is very special for me because of the materials I use. I’m working with “mate tea”, and “gold leaf”. The mate tea is a very popular infusion in Argentina, where I’m from. I drink mate every day, and I feel that this is a small part of my country that I carry with me. This is a very personal idea, which has to do with my identity. I think it is very important for an artist to discover their own path, authentic and unique. My advice is to explore, to discover, to make mistakes, and to improve.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
When friends come to Miami, I love to show them some of the artistic circuit. Having some drinks at Wynwood Walls on Friday or Saturday evening, then stopping by the Design district and next day doing a more formal visit to PAMM Perez Art Museum to check not only the collection but also the amazing view from the terrace, and the beautiful hanging garden. Of course, morning beach walks are a must here in Miami. Last but not least, entertainment wise, I love to feel the crowd energy while assisting a Miami Heat’s game in the American Airlines Arena, and for me, there’s no feeling like watching the night fireworks at Disney Magic Kingdom!
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?
First of all, I thank my husband and my kids who always support me! And regarding my artistic training and career development, I should dedicate my shout out to many people! Just to name some of them: artist Juan Astica, a great teacher I had in Argentina; Galeria Forma in Buenos Aires that hung my first artwork in a show; Linda Poll and other artist friends from Brazil, who encouraged me to do my first solo exhibition in that country. Here in Miami, I’ve also found a lot of great people such as curators Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos who helped me to believe in my work; UM professor Brian Curtis and fellow artist Myra Porter who always inspire me to improve, and HISPAFEST, an organization that is doing an amazing work promoting Hispanic American Art under the curatorship of Félix Suazo. No one builds their path alone, we all need people who believe and support us.