Laura Carolina Sala is a working Artist currently based in Miami, Florida. Born in Mar del Plata, Argentina a small beach town south of Buenos Aires. Upon completing the International Baccalaureate program, she attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and studied abroad in Thailand. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Creative Photography, a Bachelor in Political Science and a certification in Public Affairs. Laura has exhibited her work in several galleries in Gainesville, Miami and New York. Upon graduation, she moved to New York where she worked as a Photographer and Photography Editor for New York Road Runners non-profit, organizers of the New York City Marathon and continued working in the non-profit sector with Tomorrow People Organization and with the United Nations (UN).
Working with the United Nations, Laura had the opportunity to travel to Myanmar on an assignment to document the current state of the Victims of the devastating Nargis Cyclone. Which re-awakened her need to use Art as a medium to help the less fortunate, further combining her strong interest in current affairs and art. Laura later took on an assignment to work in the UN peacekeeping office for Somalia in Nairobi, Kenya.
After living in Nairobi, Kenya for almost a year Laura moved back to Miami where she currently resides and is focusing on her photography.
During her Art studies, Laura studied under Barbara Jo Revelle, Marcel Perez, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher.
Barbara Jo Revelle inspired Laura to push boundaries whether they were her own or social conventions which allowed her to really challenge herself in terms of taking risks in her photography and documentary films. Laura has said “I’ve never met anyone I ever thought I might be like when I’m older until I met Barbara Jo”, it is her resilient spirit that which Laura identifies herself with.
Marcel Perez as a professor early on in Laura’s Art studies influenced her to be absolutely meticulous about how she presented her work. Laura says, “Pleasing Marcel was almost an impossible task at best. Yet some how, that challenge was inspiring and pushed me to see just how far I could go, I worked endless hours, printed larger, even made my own frames from scratch. The level of perfection he expected of us was not only motivational, but contagious.”
Andrea Robbins presented the New York Fine art world to Laura and her classmates at a time when perhaps they weren’t ready for it just yet. The idea that art could be completely conceptual and lack any aesthetic consideration was a difficult idea for Laura to come to terms with. Laura strives to develop strong concepts but also make her work attractive to the masses, not just the artists. This exclusivity was not something Laura was fond of, as in her mind it created a wall and somewhat of a pedestal between artists and their audience.
Max Becher son of world renowned Photographers Hilla and Bernard “Bernd” Becher influenced Laura by exposing her to typologies and the idea that you can find the same circumstance in different places which has been the inspiration for much of Laura’s works.