"Urban art. Muralism. Realism. Contemporary art."
Dania Ortega as Chicadania, was born in Paris (France) on June 1, 1978.
From Colombian parents, she lived her first years in Paris and then moved to Colombia with her family. She studied at the Lycée Français in Bogotá and then went to Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá location where she did half of the Plastic Arts carreer. Adopting the kitch language of Colombian popular culture, Dania began her artistic career with her first experimental works, mixing supports, colors and materials. Then she traveled to Europe where she resumed her studies in Plastic Arts at the University of Barcelona (UB), Spain, and obtained her degree in 2007. Her style would evolve into a more personal language as a result of the purging and flowering of a style of her own. In 2013 she holds a postgraduate degree in Art Direction at the University School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona, Elisava and in 2017, a Master in Contemporary Culture at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC.
Chicadania is a contemporary artist that comes from the Art School. Most of her artistic life has been dedicated to sculpture. However, having married a Spanish urban artist, she got to know the street art world from the inside. In 2017 she was invited to the first edition of the Distrito Graffiti Festival, then called Mural City in Bogotá. For the first time she launched herself to paint in large format and she was surprised to see what she was capable of. After so many years, the time had come to explore this new language. That is how Chicadania came to muralism to paint portraits of her children, Ían and Marc. Thinking of giving a more original and personal meaning to her murals, she decided to make up her children and then portray them. She paints their faces and photographs them playing with their superhero pajamas or simply interacting. Children are a direct reference for anyone, we have all been children and invented magic universes with any object no matter how simple it was. Ian and Marc have been growing up and their murals are spread around the world reflecting that thread of life.