Mildred Gil Parada
In 2013 Mildred moved to the United States. Mesa, Arizona is now the place where Mildred is working and developing her great talent in marble, granite and limestone.
In Massa-Carrara, Mildred was fortunate to share experiences and expertises with the Japanese Sculptor Junya Tanaka in whose house she was a guest.
Mildred followed fine arts studies in School of Arts "Armando Reveron" in Barcelona, obtaining a degree of Associate of Arts in Sculpture in 2001. She discovered her passion for the stone under the wise eyes of master Sculptor Valentin Malaver.
Since then, Mildred had been participating in several group exhibitions and salons, being recognized her artwork in exhibitions as the "Salon 100 de Oriente", 2007, where she was awarded with the Prize in Sculpture for her art piece "Olas" (Waves), the "VII Bienal Nacional de Artes Plasticas de Puerto la Cruz" (VII National Fine Arts Biennial of Puerto la Cruz), also in 2007, with the Prize "Francisco Narvaez" in sculpture for "Arpa" (Harp), and in "Simposio Nacional de Escultura" (Sculpture National Symposium), 2008, with a Honorable Mention for "Guitarra en dos tiempos" (Guitar in two times).
From 2004 to 2007 Mildred had the great privilege to sharing daily evening conversations with the Master Sculptor and famed Venezuelan artist Pedro Barreto. His wise counsel and guidance enriched Mildred's artistic spirit and technique.
In 2012, in her continuous need to understand thestone, Mildred went to the origins of the modern western sculpture. Mildred attends marble sculpture workshops in Carrara, Italy, in the same marble quarries where Michelangelo Buonarroti extracted stones for his Master Pieces, in the Atelier of the famous sculptor a artist Al Nassar.
Puerto la Cruz, a coastal city facing the Caribbean Sea, caused to Mildred a deep interest on the calcareous, stony, solid as a mean of artistic expression.
Born and raised in Merida, cultural, diverse and university city among the highest mountains of the Venezuelan Andes, gave Mildred Gil Parada an early appreciation for the arts.
Start studies in Architecture in "Universidad de Los Andes, in 1993.
After complete 3 years, Mildred moved to Eastern Venezuela in 1998.