Victoria CanoThe contemporary artist must be prepared to travel in order to expose his or her creations to as wide an audience as possible. That, of course, is the dream of many painters, sculptors and mixed media artists but in the words of the Biblical saying, many are called but few are chosen.

Valencia’s Victoria Cano is in the happy position of being able to claim such an international fan base. In 2008 she was selected to represent Spain in the Beijing Olympic Fine Arts 2008 exhibition, an honour that has established her as one of the country’s most important contemporary artists.

Historically alone, the Olympics have a proud history of celebrating far more than sporting achievement and the Olympic Fine Arts 2008 event was no exception, featuring 150 artists from 80 countries, as well as 150 representatives from the host nation.

Medal received in BeijingChoosing a work to represent her entire oeuvre must have been a challenge, but ultimately Victoria opted for a 140×140 cm oil and acrylic painting entitled Poppy Skin. This predominantly red painting (by no coincidence one of the Spanish and Olympic colours) was chosen specifically for its evocation of human power, strength and passion.

Victoria Cano has also stated that the poppy is an important symbol of nature, since human interference can scar and damage it.

Her participation in the 2008 Olympics she regards almost as a fluke, since she only decided to enter one of her works at the last minute. In the event her decision was a fateful one, exposing her talent at one of the world’s great events for the benefit of her country.

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