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Norma Garcia-Torres
  • Chandler, AZ
  • United States
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I am a contemporary painter and paint almost entirely in acrylic. Women and color are prominent in my work. Women represent the strong women in my life and in my culture. The women are the givers of live and important to the balance of the world as well. The intensity of color in my paintings reflects the vitality of life in Mexico and in the Southwest. Creating a painting is very calming to me because it takes me to place where I can remember the stories my grand mothers used to tell. The stories revolved around the relationship to earth and sun, and the necessity to respect them and the life they bring. Out of these memories, I use colors to reflect the vibrancy I see in my culture and life in Mexico.

I was born in Mexico and brought up in the United States. My family was a very traditional Mexican family with very strong male and female role models. Through my contemporary painting, I am able to express the duality of my life as a child, speaking Spanish at home and English at school, and sometimes the stark differences in the cultural expectations of both. Both my life in Mexico and in the United States have greatly influenced my work and together with the optimism my family instilled in me, I try to find the best in situations to meet challenges in life. I am inspired by daily life and the struggles that our community has faced in the past as well those currently occurring. In my artwork, I can communicate the dignity, feelings, intensity of life, struggles of my community, as well as the pride of my cultural experience.

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At 1:54pm on August 1, 2013, Maria Sanchez said…

Welcome Norma :)


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