Meyvis Araniva’s has been expressing herself through art since she was a child in El Salvador, and her work is drawn from many sources of inspiration: the gritty streets of Vancouver and Paris as well as the vibrancy of the Oregon coast and her native El Salvador. Araniva’s artistic journey has led her through many forms of expression and ultimately to the pure exploration of shape, color, form, and line. In so doing she has broken away from representational work.
I grew up in a small beach town, surrounded by ocean waves that reminded me of white dancing horses...where the spring woke me up to incredible aromas of lime flowers, ocean air and pure coconut infused scents!
As an artist I can't help but to stop and notice the smallest things around me that people usually do not have time for; the beauty and breathtaking details of nature one encounters in places such as the Oregon Coast, the not so pretty details of rustic old buildings in Portland and Gastown/Chinatown Vancouver...the lovely messy details on the streets of Paris....so insignificant and forgotten by most ...God made so much beauty in this world and I stop to see it every day in the sunset skies, the ocean waves, the fallen leaves on a fall crisp morning, the ground, the earth, the petals of a flower, … I see it all and it’s never ending.
– Meyvis Araniva