Love is an artwork by Séfora Camazano. This remarkable piece is an original Giglée Fine Art print on a 100% acid-free cotton canvas and acrylic painting, measuring 155,5 x 154 cm. Crafted in the year 2024, it is part of the Female Portraits: Looking Back to the Past” collection.

The painting is a moving portrait of Grace with her children. Grace wears an elegant white dress with billowy sleeves and a delicate black ribbon in her waist. Her hair, adorned with a pink flower, is gracefully tied back. Her glasses and discreet earring add a touch of sophistication. With her left arm bent and her hand resting on her waist, she extends her right arm towards her younger son, establishing a bond of tenderness and protection.

The children, dressed in pink school robes, radiate joy and vitality. The youngest, mischievous, pulls the robe of his older brother, who appears surprised. Both wear black socks and distinctive slippers.

In this family portrait, where capturing the spontaneity of children can be challenging, the mother’s patience and love are evident. She seems to be gently indicating to the youngest with a tender gaze to behave with his brother. The three protagonists stand in front of a white wall, standing out against the vibrant red floor, which enhances the predominant tones of the composition.

Grace is a Colombian woman who had to leave her native country to escape from the father of her two younger children. For eight years, she suffered in a relationship with a man who she didn’t know was involved with the guerrilla. Initially, he seemed to be a caring person, but over time, he began to forbid her from doing things, even going to the extent of shooting her. She experienced great physical and psychological suffering, often in front of her children. In a desperate attempt to protect her eldest son, she sent him to Spain to distance him from the threat of this man. Within Colombia, she tried to escape by moving from city to city, but she was always found and brutally assaulted. Additionally, one of her children suffered abuse from a family member.

Grace decided to come to Spain to escape from this hell, seeking to preserve her life and be able to take care of her children. She firmly believes that if she hadn’t done so, she would have lost her life and her two children would have been at the mercy of their father. In Spain, she faced more problems, especially due to her irregular migration status. She encountered a mafia to obtain an appointment that would allow her to regularize her situation. Despite not having a place to live, she felt happy and more protected simply by being away from the father of her children.

“Love” is the thread that runs through Grace’s story, who, despite all the difficulties, has had the strength to make decisions to change her life and seek a better future for her children. A mother’s love, a powerful feeling capable of moving mountains.

The artwork production

Love was inspired in the artwork Mi Mujer y mis HIjos (1897-1898), by Joaquín Sorolla.


© Séfora Camazano