Mariana Velasquez | Guest Curator
Mariana Velasquez is a Colombian and NY based chef, food stylist, tastemaker, and cookbook author with more than two decades amongst New York’s most celebrated culinary and creative circles and publications across the globe. Mariana is the founder and designer of Casa Velasquez, a hostingware line produced in Bogota which was featured on T Magazine, Goop and Moda Operandi. Some of her most exciting projects have included her most recent cookbook Colombiana (Harper Collins), a gastronomy design concept with Morpheous, a Zaha Hadid Hotel in Macao, Michelle Obama’s American Grown Book, Williams Sonoma, Point Snout Caviar, The New York Times, Bon Appétit and Food & Wine magazine, amongst others.
She is a passionate admirer of film, is an avid art collector and believes that when in doubt do red wine, red lips and roast a chicken.
Photo Credit: Tara Sgroi
“I am obsessed with figurative lips and eyes. They are elements that have always fascinated me from Dadaism with its playfulness. This painting by Brianna Lance is actually made with watercolor and LIPSTICK - which I connect to in so many ways. As I always say, "when in doubt, red wine, red lips & roast a chicken".”On Brianna Lance's Attraction
“Gabrielle Teschner's use of color and geometry is so soothing and balanced.”On Gabrielle Teschner’s To Enter Kindly Havens
“At first glance I saw a deconstructed still life. Then as I observe more I connect with the chaotic balance and the neutrality in color leaves the mind open wide to fill in the colors.”On Marleigh Culver’s PARC
“This image takes me back to Big Sur, where I started my career in cooking as a 17 year old at the Post Ranch inn. I carry the drama and intensity of the Pacific coast in my heart and memory forever.”On Isaac Zoller’s Lonely Wave