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Artistic expression embraces both the product, as well as the artist’s comportment in society. Silvia Piza-Tandlich is a Costa Rican artist who juggles eight planes at the same time:
Writing of essays and motivational thoughts. University trained pianist. Calligrapher and visual communicator.
Cooking for relatives, friends, and guests is a frequent activity where she lives: in the mountains of the Central Volcanic Range in Costa Rica, with her husband Richard (a geographer and topographer.) She has two adult daughters.
Silvia’s creation is international, and has been described as Decolonial, although she prefers to describe herself as a manualist creator. Her work is 100% by hand—she doesn’t use machines of any kind. Her support of human rights and equality to Indigenous culture, is a prevalent theme in her artpieces, usually with the explanation that “Indigenous art is always contemporary.” She has participated in numerous biennials in several museums throughout the world, including the 14th Łódź Triennale. In 2017, she will participate in an archaeologically-oriented exposition in the U.S. and Europe, as well as the 7th WTA Biennial in Uruguay as invited Cultural Promoter, with an exhibition piece at the MAPI (Museum of Pre-Columbian Indigenous Art).
SDA member since 2006
A desire to empower those around her, is a prevalent force within Silvia’s efforts. Whether as a teacher, or through her art and upcycling programs, her political conscience takes her to focus on closing educational and cultural gaps left by political and education deficiencies in her society.
Developing a sense of community is a difficult task in a country/world divided by opinion, consumer greed, and lack of knowledge. Silvia’s community efforts involve all of her planes of action, through a basic lifestyle and projection of personal ethics, within a give & take philosophy.
Presently celebrating its 16th year, Galería Octágono is a community and educational space for many people to meet, create, and supplement their income. Its atmosphere is highly sensorial and, of course, everything in it is made by hand. Due to the financial crisis of the past few years, Silvia offers for-pay lessons as well as the barter system. The gallery’s main theme is textile, but as a community point of departure, it serves as meeting place for other endeavors. Visiting hours by appointment. Volunteers welcome.
Geography&Topography of Costa Rica, environmental issues, hiking, sightseeing and public orienteering, are activities conducted by Richard and Silvia through their property. These activities are geared towards a better understanding of Costa Rica as a culture and tourist destination.
(Spanish only) https://www.facebook.com/redprotejo
“La Casita de Felicia” is a log cabin offering an alternative experience in tourism. This is not a regular B&B service for independent traveling, but rather, it is intended for travelers who wish to have a more personalized, guided visit.