Despite her youth, Rosmery Mamani is one of the most renowned Bolivian painters, whose work has been recognized internationally.
She was born in 1985, in Bolivia, on the shores of Lake Titicaca (Omasuyus province), in a very small community, where she grew as a shepherd until she was 14 years old.
In 1998, she migrated to El Alto where she worked as a maid and studied until she finished secondary school, and it was then, in the last years of high school, when she discovered her talent, thanks to an art teacher.
She finished her higher studies at the El Alto School of Arts, where she was fortunate enough to be a disciple of Master Ricardo Pérez Alcalá.
After graduating, she went through the difficulties of several Bolivian artists; the money she received for her paintings was barely enough to cover the cost of the materials. However, it did not take long for her works to be exhibited in important galleries of La Paz, making her art known, which is characterized by the detail of her hyper-realistic portraits. She uses a technique with the pastels that allows her “a closer communication with the material”. Likewise, she is also an exponent of the watercolor technique.
She won regional and international awards. Her portraits of people of all ages and races (among which Aymara and Afro-Bolivian faces stand out) have traveled to many countries, including Morocco, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and France. The latter country has been receiving her every year, for three months, since 2012.
Mamani has been applauded by the specialized press of Europe, which baptized her as the “Bolivian jewel of pastel”