"One night, a dream. From a dream, my happiness. Happiness with a brush expanded on each canvas a different inspiration. The soul stirs, thus, the creation. Conception of a night rainbow, whose treasures are those I see as a reflection of my big dream."
- Dora Duran
Inspired by life experiences and nature, Dora Duran is known for creating art that is both thought-provoking and beautiful. To Dora, oil paint brings art to life, making it the most common medium for her work. Her artwork has been featured in newspaper articles and displayed at many art exhibitions. To view some of her paintings, click here.
Dora Duran was born in La Vega, Dominican Republic on April 28th, 1961 from humble beginnings and a very united family full of many talents. Almost all her brothers were musicians and she too dabbled in show business, going on tour around her native country putting together shows that included singing, dancing, comedy, and even magic. In this way, the arts started to influence her life from a very young age. Dora Duran first recognized her talent as a painter in 1974. Since then, she's been passionate about her artwork, helping people see life through her eyes as depicted in her brushstrokes.
1997 was the year that marked Dora Duran all throughout the Dominican Republic as an artist through a three day exhibition consisting of twenty-seven paintings called “My Great Dream”. The exhibition took place at the Dominican Republic Central Bank Club, in which both reporters and local civilians attended. Soon after this first exhibit, Dora was invited to participate in local shows such as, Orientando al Consumidor, El Dia, and many more. Since then, she has put together multiple art exhibits which have all been welcomed graciously by the public. Her story of struggle and triumph also appeared in many newspaper articles such as, El Diario Libre and El Nacional.
In 2002, Dora carried out ten exhibitions, successfully networking and expanding her artwork to be acknowledged in the United States, displayed at The Hudson Artists Of NJ, Inc. Art Exhibit with the help of Margaret Colavito and has participated in several others organized at the Union City, NJ City Hall by Amado Mora. Dora has volunteered to teach art classes at local Brooklyn, NY, elementary schools, helping children bring out the artists within each one of them. And today, Dora Duran continues to strive for her ultimate goal; for all nations to recognize and relate to her artwork and be comforted in the knowledge that comes from seeing themselves in her artwork and knowing that they’re not walking through this life alone.
My work is comprised of realistic, surrealistic, and also abstract pieces and my medium of choice is oil on canvas. My preferred style to paint in is abstract given that it allows people to look for what the work is trying to say, it makes them wonder what the intent of the artist was in making it, but most importantly, allows for each observer to interpret it in his or her own way and give it a meaning that’s important to that individual...