WAO Gallery & Cultural Center located in Altos de Chavón opened on the night of Friday, November 25, 2022, the exhibition “The Garden of Wishes” by the artist Ónice Mejía.


Ónice, presented a series of paintings in mixed media, sculptures and installations inspired by nature and the environment that surrounds it, leaving the contradiction between adaptation and transformation palpable. An innovative proposal where we can see fantastic fruits and seeds as protagonists in a dream garden where nature shines in a dance of light and shadows, which leads us to break everyday thinking.

The Garden of Wishes evokes a walk through a forest full of feelings, not straying from the essence of the edge, the colors, lights and shadows magnify the walls of the Wao Gallery and Cultural Center. The welcoming words were given by Sanil García, followed by the artist who thanked family and friends for accompanying her in this special moment, explaining her creative process that gave rise to the Garden of Wishes and how each piece in particular obtained its own personality. Carlos Montesino, professor and friend of the artist to whom the exhibition was dedicated, talked about Ónice’s artistic success with a critique that builds and exalts the work done.


A total of 19 pieces achieved their goal of making us live a sensory, conceptual and personal experience that breaks with everyday thinking, inciting our most primitive instinct to touch to understand. The exhibition will remain open from November 25 to December 26, 2022, from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Monday.

Ónice Mejía is a graduate of Fine Arts from Chavón La Escuela de Diseño and has 27 years of experience. She has been nominated twice for the National Youth Award, in the Art and Culture category, and obtained a special mention in the National Competition of Young Painting. He has participated in collective and individual exhibitions such as “El Sueño Iluminado”, at the Cultural Center of Spain; “Transición de Luz”, “7 women mothers and artists”, “Woman in Love” and One Day at a Time, at the Altos de Chavón Gallery. The plastic artist has also exhibited at the Santo Domingo Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Arts in the Bronx in New York and the House of Culture in the city of Miami. His work is in private collections in Spain, Puerto Rico, USA, France and England.


The Patronato Benéfico Oriental, Inc. (PBO) continues its commitment to sustainable initiatives with social impact with the aim of promoting Culture, for which it has complemented its programs with the initiatives of WAO Chavón, which include: WAO Innovation HUB, WAO Gallery & Cultural Center and the Altos de Chavón Regional Archaeological Museum, in Altos de Chavón.

The income from the different projects and activities are directed to their social programs so that they can replicate these initiatives in the communities in vulnerable conditions that serve as part of the PBO community empowerment programs, promoting values ​​that are in accordance with our mission such as Respect, Solidarity, Integrity and Equal Opportunities.


See below more photos of the opening of the exhibition “The Garden of Wishes” by the artist Ónice Mejía taken by Mairobi Herrera: