Clara Varas (b. 1972 Havana, Cuba) is a Miami-based artist, her work investigates the field of expanded painting and explores identity, migration and the concept of home. Varas creates works which reflect upon diasporic communities and often involve the use of unconventional materials to comment on labor, consumerism, gender, and the transient nature of contemporary life. Varas often refers to her work as “Hybrids”- existing in a space between painting, sculpture and installation. Clara’s work has been featured in numerous publications including- The New York Times, El Nuevo Herald, Miami New Times and Hyperallergic. Varas has exhibited work in the Frost Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Arts North Miami, Boca Raton Museum of Art, and Museum of Art and Design (MDC) where she was a finalist for a Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts (2015). Clara is a recipient of a 2020 Ellies Creator Award, and will be part of the upcoming 2021 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art. Clara Varas earned her BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. Her work is a part of the permanent collection at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and she is represented by Spinello Projects in Miami, Florida.