Flora Zeledon

Flora Zeledón Castaing graduated in Fine Arts, completed her studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Costa Rica, specializing in painting in 1977. She has also completed studies in painting engraving, woodcut, sculpture and paper manufacturing in Italy. Her career has allowed her to perform in many exhibitions in Costa Rica, as well as
other countries. She has participated in national and international biennials of painting since the 1970s, and exhibitions in Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Slovakia and Czech Republic. She has also highlighted her work as a national watercolorist so her work (and life) has been published and awarded; for example, with the Aquileo J. Echeverría Award with the Costa Rican National Association of Watercolor Artists, from which she is a founding member. She has received awards and honors within and outside the country, private and state competitions, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, National Insurance Institute and the Municipality of San José. Herwork is in public and private galleries and collections.


A merced del aplauso
120cm x 92cm
Acryl on canvas
€ 3.300,-

Piel Despierta
120cm x 92cm
Acryl on canvas
€ 3.300,-

Academic Experience

1973- 1977: Fine Arts Degree Program with emphasis in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Costa Rica
1976: Metal engraving with Guatemalan artist Rodolfo Abularach, sponsored by the O.E.A., Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Costa Rica
1989: Metal engraving, W. Halter technique with Mexican expert Luis Gutiérrez, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Costa Rica
1992: Illustrator for the Anatomy Department, School of Medicine, University of Costa Rica
2007: Paper manufacturing, Museo Della Carta e Della Filigrana. Fabriano, Italy.
2007: Textures and pigments in painting. Fabrique Pebeo. France.


Acknowledgements

1976: Second place, Painting Competition, Bicentennial of the Independence of the United States, Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center
1978: First Place, Painting Competition “Paisaje Rural”, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports
1984: Honorable Mention, Painting and Literature Competition, 60th anniversary of the National Insurance Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica
1994: Special Award, “Premio Pfizer” Contest, Tribute to Watercolor, Costa Rican Center for Science and Culture, San Jose.
2001: Single Award: “El agua es salud, brindemos por la vida” of the project “Paisaje Urbano” of the San Jose Municipality.
2002: Second Place: “Día Mundial de los Recursos Hídricos” with the artwork “Detalle de Charrarra”, watercolor. Sponsored by the San Jose Municipality.
2005: First Place, 1st. Coffee Artistic Festival, Hacienda La Luisa S. A., Alajuela, Costa Rica.
2005: Inclusion in the book “Agua, Color y Permanencia, la Historia de la Acuarela en Costa Rica”, mentioned above.
2008: Forms part of the artwork collection of the National Theater, and the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
2010: Acknowledgement for Creativity and Experimentation with Watercolor. National Gallery (Costa Rican Center for Science and Culture). “Acuarela Extrema”.
2010: First prize in Painting (single award). 1st International Symposium of Fine Arts “Llenar Espacios”. Tejeda. Gran Canaria.
2011: National Culture Award Aquileo J. Echeverría granted to the Costa Rican Watercolorists Association by the Ministry of Culture and Youth. San Jose, Costa Rica.
2017: Honorable Mention, Art Competition “Grano de Oro”, Sintercafé. San Jose, Costa Rica

Individual Exhibits

1979: Oil and watercolor paintings, Espacio Jorge Debravo, San Jose, Costa Rica
1981: Watercolors, National Insurance Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica
1984: Watercolors, School of Fine Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Costa Rica
1992:Joaquín García Monge Lounge, San Jose, Costa Rica
1992: Costa Rica Country Club, San Jose, Costa Rica
1993: National Bank of Costa Rica, San Jose, Cosa Rica
1993: “Mis acuarelas”, Costa Rica Country Club, San Jose, Costa Rica
1994: “Mayo 20 con Flora Zeledón”, Herradura Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica
1994: Las Espuelas Hotel, Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
1996: Costa Rican Tourism Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica
1997: “Banano, bananales, ... su gente”, BANDECO, Convention Center, Sheraton Herradura Hotel, S. J., Costa Rica
1997: “Rincones del Barrio Amón”, oil and watercolor paintings, Real Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
2002: “Naturaleza y Figura”, Real Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
2008: “Paleta Limón” small format, Club Unión, San Jose, Costa Rica.
2010: “Figuras en el escenario”, Valanti Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica. Café Arte of the Costa Rica Country Club, San Jose. Valanti Gallery, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
2016: “Impulso de vida y expresión”, National Gallery. Costa Rican Center for Science and Culture. San Jose, Costa Rica


Colective Exhibits

1975: IV Salón Anual de Pintura. National Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
1975: Painting Competition, Bicentennial of the Independence of the United States of America. Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, San Jose, Costa Rica
1976: V Salón Anual de Pintura. National Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
1977: VI Salón Anual de Pintura. National Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
1978: Painting Competition, “Paisaje Rural”. Coronado, San Jose, Costa Rica
1978: Casa de las Américas. La Habana, Cuba
1978: VII Salón Anual de Pintura. National Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
1979: VIII Salón Anual de Pintura. National Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
1980: Painting Competition, Ministry of Finance. Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Costa Rica
1981: “Un aspecto de la Plástica en Costa Rica”. National Insurance Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica
1981: “Arte Actual”, Julián Marchena Lounge. National Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
1984: Painting and Literature Competition, 60th anniversary of the National Insurance Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica
1986: II L&S Biennial of Costa Rican Paintings. Central Bank Museums, San Jose, C.R.
1988: III L&S Biennial of Costa Rican Paintings Central Bank Museums, San Jose, C.R.
1990: IV L&S Biennial of Costa Rican Paintings. Central Bank Museums, San Jose, C.R.
1994: “Premio Pfizer” Competition, Tribute to Watercolor. Costa Rican Center for Science and Culture, San Jose, C.R.
1998: Women Artists Collective, International Arts Festival. Parque España, San Jose, Costa Rica
1999: Arts Festival, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Puntarenas, Costa Rica
1999: Artwork exhibit and presentation of the book “Art-en-Costa Rica II”. National Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
2000: “El color y la luz de Costa Rica”. Juan Vázquez de Coronado Lounge (5 watercolorists), Costa Rica Marriott Hotel, sponsored by the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center.
2000: Festival de Flores de la Diáspora Africana. (Afro-Costa Rican Culture Day Celebration). National Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
2000: “Paisaje Urbano de San Jose”. Club Unión sponsored by the Municipality of San Jose.
2000: “Paisaje Urbano en boulevares de San Jose”. Municipality of San Jose (10th avenue) San Jose, Costa Rica
2001: “Exposición Plástica, 4 Artistas”. José Figueres Ferrer House of Popular Culture, San Jose, Costa Rica
2001: “Homenaje a Jorge Gallardo, pintor”. Sponsored by the Joint Social Aid Institute. Supreme Electoral Court. San Jose, Costa Rica
2001: “Acuarela, lenguaje de la Luz”. Sponsored by the North American Cultural Center. Marriot Los Sueños Hotel, Herradura Beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
2001: “Mujeres Artistas”. Sponsored by Kandinsky Gallery and the Olay Company. Costa Rican Art Museum.
2001: “Proyecto Paisaje Urbano”. Children’s Museum, Galería Independiente, Sponsored by the Municipality of San Jose
2002: “Luz húmeda”, Watercolor. Wanamaker Gallery, Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, San Jose, C.R.
2002: Exhibit of Costa Rican landscapes, invited by the Costa Rican Landscape Artists Association. Veritas University, Zapote, San Jose
2002: Mexican Watercolor Biennial. Federal District, Mexico
2002: Watercolor exhibit dedicated to Margarita Bertheau. Presidential House, San Jose, Costa Rica
2004: “Artistas Costarricenses en México”. Mexican Culture Center. San Jose, Costa Rica
2004: “Costacuarela”. Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center. San Jose
2005: Costa Rican Watercolorists at the Hong Kong Fall Festival ‘05. Hong Kong, China
2005: “Artistas en Hong Kong”. José María Figueres Ferrer Popular Bank Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
2005: “Costacuarela”. Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, San Jose headquarters, Costa Rica
2005: “Música para los ojos”. Editus Gallery, Barrio Escalante, San Jose, C.R.
2006: Artwork exhibit and presentation of the book “Agua, Color y Permanencia, la Historia de la Acuarela en Costa Rica”. Central Bank Museum Foundation, San Jose, Costa Rica
2006: “Un Quijote entre nosotros”, Watercolorists Association. Museum of Costa Rican Art, San Jose, Costa Rica
2006: “Aqua” Costa Rican Watercolorists Association. Valanti Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
2006: “Costacuarela”. Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, headquarters in San Jose, Costa Rica
2007: Watercolor, itinerant throughout several Spanish cities. Granada, Nerja and Jaén, Spain
2007: Mr. Francisco Amighetti’s Centennial. National Gallery, Children’s Museum, San Jose
2007: Tribute to Amighetti. Calderón Guardia Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
2007: Exhibit at the Museo Della carta e Della filigrana. Fabriano, Italy
2007: Exhibit at Savoir municipality. Gemenos, France
2007: Contemporary Art Festival “Art and Wine”. San Juan, Puerto Rico
2007: “Costacuarela”. Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, headquarters in San Jose, Costa Rica
2008: Participation with two designs chosen for the “Cow Parade Costa Rica” festival. San Jose, Costa Rica
2008: “El Teatro Nacional visto por los artistas”. José Luis López Escarré Gallery, National Theater. San Jose, Costa Rica.
2008: “Costacuarela”. Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, headquarters in San Jose, Costa Rica
2008: Watercolorists Association. Costa Rican Tourism Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica
2008: Watercolor Biennial. Watercolor Museum, Federal District, Mexico
2009: “Costacuarela”. Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, headquarters in San Jose, Costa Rica
2010: “Barrios de San Jose” Project. Ministry of Culture and Youth, San Jose, Costa Rica
2010: “México, color y agua en Costa Rica”. Mexican Culture Center, San Jose, Costa Rica
2010: “Acuarela al Extremo”. National Gallery, Costa Rican Center for Science and Culture, Children’s Museum, San Jose, Costa Rica
2010: International Symposium “Llenar Espacios” with the collective “mezclArte”. Abraham Cárdenes Museum, Tejeda, Canary Islands, Spain
2010: “17 Mujeres Artistas”. GAC Costa Rican Art Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
2010: Collective Sample. F&R ART Gallery, Malaga, Spain
2010: Collective Sample, Costa Rican Watercolorists Association. Costa Rican Tourism Institute, San Jose, C.R.
2010: Invited Artist, “Alta Resolución”, of the Creative University. Casa del Cuño, Former Customs Building. San Jose, C.R.
2011: “Síntesis de nuestro paisaje”, ACA. Costa Rican Art Gallery GAC, San Jose
2011: Costa Rican Watercolorists Association. Club Unión, San Jose, Costa Rica
2011: “Costacuarela”, ACA. Cartago Municipal Museum, Costa Rica
2012: “10 Años”, ACA. Club Unión, San Jose, Costa Rica
2012: “Las 7 magas”. Pueblarte Gallery. San Jose, Costa Rica
2012: “47 Aniversario del INA”. National Vocational Training Institute. San Jose, Costa Rica
2012: Costa Rican Watercolorists Association. Administrative Building, University of Costa Rica
2012: Costa Rican Watercolorists Association. Costa Rican Tourism Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica
2012: “10 años Asociación de Acuarelistas de Costa Rica”. Costa Rican Museum of Art, San Jose, Cota Rica
2012: “Costacuarela”. Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, San Jose, Costa Rica
2012: VALOARTE 2012. Avenida Escazú, San Jose, Costa Rica
2012: ACA Collective. Costa Rican National Bank, San Jose, Costa Rica
2018: “Costacuarela”. Cartago Municipal Museum.September. Cartago, Costa Rica
2013: “Bertheau, Amighetti, Daell y la acuarela actual”. Administrative Building A, University of Costa Rica
2013: Small format watercolors, National Vocational Training Institute INA, San Jose, Costa Rica
2013: Small format watercolors. Western headquarters University of Costa Rica. Alajuela, Costa Rica
2013: “Aquellos Nuevos Nombres”. Administrative Building A, University of Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Rica
2013: “Homenaje a la Madre”. Country ArtCafe. Costa Rica Country Club, San Jose, Costa Rica
2013: “Costacuarela”. National Gallery, Costa Rican Center for Science and Culture. San Jose, Costa Rica
2013: “Formas de luz”. Mexican Culture Center. San Jose, Costa Rica
2013: “Agua y sol”. Municipal School for Integrated Arts (Escuela Municipal de Artes Integradas - EMAI) Santa Ana. San Jose, Costa Rica
2013: “Siete visiones”. San Jose Indoor Club. Costa Rica
2014: “Abriendo horizontes” part II. Former Botica Solera, San Jose, Costa Rica
2015: “De lo Romántico a la Danza”. Country Art Café, Costa Rica Country Club. San Jose, Costa Rica
2016: “Japan-Costa Rica Artists Exchange Show”. Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japón
2016: “Acuarela Internacional”. Kokoka, Kyoto International Foundation. Kyoto, Japón
2016: “Costacuarela”. National University, Heredia, Costa Rica
2017: “Semana cultural japonesa”. National Gallery. February. San Jose, Costa Rica
2017: Costa Rican Watercolorists Association Collective. Casa del Artista. May. San Jose, Costa Rica
2017: “XV años de la Acuarela”. EMAI. March. Santa Ana, San Jose, Costa Rica
2017: “Fabriano in Acquarella”. April. Fabriano, Italia
2017: “Costacuarela”. Faculty of Fine Arts, UCR. May. San Jose, Costa Rica
2017: Costa Rican Watercolorists Association Collective. National Child Welfare Agency. June. San Jose, Costa Rica
2017:  Costa Rican Watercolorists Association Collective.
Costa Rica National Theater. July. San Jose, Costa Rica
2017: National Lotto. Printed image in the lottery tickets for the 4450 raffle for Sunday July 23rd for the Junta de Protección Social. San Jose, Costa Rica
2017: Biennial. Watercolor National Museum Alfredo Guati-Rojo. México.
2017: “15 años de la Asociación Costarricense de Acuarelistas”. Watercolor National Museum Alfredo Guati-Rojo. August. Mexico.
2017: ACA Retrospective. Cartago Municipal Museum. September. Cartago, Costa Rica
2017: “Acuarela Extrema” Retrospective. Costa Rica, Watercolorists Association. National Gallery. October. San Jose, Costa Rica
2017: “The World of Watercolour” (“Svet Akvarelu”). Slovenske Technicke Muzeum. Itinerant(Košice, Budimír, Prešov ) in Slovakia.
2018: “La Piscina”. Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center. San Jose, Costa Rica

2018: “Primer Festival Internacional de Acuarela de IWS, República Checa”. August, in the city of Prague, September in Strakonice, Czech Republic.