Nasaria Suckoo Chollette
Born 1968 to Virginia & Alva Suckoo, Nasaria was always the dramatic child. Her family did not get television until she was eleven years old, so she learned how to explore new worlds through her imagination. She read all the time and often got so involved in the story that she was emotionally affected by sad events and scary situations. She and her brother Alva explored the bushes of Breezy Castle, fighting fictional pirates and imaginary foes, always the heroes of course.
As time went on, Nasaria continued to involve herself in literary venture, writing poetry, short stories and songs. It was not until college that she took a real interest in painting, beginning with painting pictures on jeans pants for her college friends and the occasional canvas piece for others. It was out of a lack of funds that she kept on painting, preferring to give personal gifts rather than store bought.
From there Nasaria honed and developed her skills, joining the acclaimed “Native Sons” and showing her works at local venues. She took several art classes at New York University in 1999, while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre. Upon her return to Cayman, she entered the McCoy Prize art competition and showed her works at the Kensington Lott exhibition, “Blue”. The National Gallery and the National Museum have both invited Nasaria for showings and her latest works can been seen hanging in their galleries several times throughout the year; including the National Gallery’s Photo exhibition, “Body Talk”.
Nasaria’s early works were primarily acrylic on canvas, but she has recently started using oils and branching out into new and exciting mediums. Her subject matter varies from religious themes to childbirth to festive costumed pieces. Her most recent forage into new artistic areas has resulted in a much talked about expressionistic piece for the 2004 McCoy Prize competition, entitled “Middle Passage” and a very sought after piece entitled, ‘The Women Have Become The Truth” which premiered at the National Gallery’s 2005 retrospective exhibition of works by Natives Sons. The iguana that she painted for the National Gallery’s “Blue Iguana Project” can be seen in its permanent home at Rum Point.
Her latest works can been viewed at Full of Beans throughout the month on Nov. 2006. The entitled show, “Sweet Ladu” is the artist’s first solo showing.
When viewing her works, Nasaria says that she, “…hopes that the viewer walks away with a strong reaction to (her) my work, whether it be positive or negative. Art that stirs nothing in a person is not art at all.”
“Estranged”, Nasaria Suckoo Chollette.
Last Updated: 2006-11-09