Dania Ortega, named Chicadania, was born in Paris (France).
Of Colombian parents, she lived her first years in Paris and then moved to Colombia with her family. She studied at the Lycée Français de Bogotá and She later went to the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, where she carried out half of the career of Plastic Arts. Embracing kitch language of Colombian popular culture, Dania began her artistic career with the first experimental works of hers, mixing supports, colors and materials. She then traveled to Europe where she resumed her Arts studies.
Plastics at the University of Barcelona (UB), Spain, and she graduated in 2007. Her style would evolve towards a more personal language as a result of purification and flowering of her own style. In 2013 she completed a postgraduate in Art Direction at the University School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona, Elisava and in 2017, a Master in Contemporary Culture at the Open University of Catalonia, UOC.
Most of her artistic life has been devoted to sculpture. In 2017 she was invited to the first edition of the Graffiti Festival District in Bogotá.
For the first time she launched herself into painting in large format and she was surprised to see what she was capable of. After so many years, she had arrived time to explore this new language. That was how Chicadania she came to muralism. The first days of her as a muralist she painted the portraits of her children, lan and Marc.
Thinking of giving a more original and personal meaning to her murals, she decided make up her children and then portray them. She paints their faces and He photographs them playing with their superhero pajamas or simply interacting.
Her most recent work is on the world of women, she is working with other women artists from different fields to create new atmospheres of the feminine universe. She always paints her friends or her children, her purpose is open a dialogue between women from art.