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Victoria De Almeida

Victoria De Almeida

Santa Fe, NM

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Through my work I always hope to tell a story about my personal experiences as a Hispanic woman. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of New Mexico and my family has been in northern New Mexico for over 10 generations. My work comes from my memories of growing up in a large extended family and my favorite subjects to paint are the people and traditions of northern New Mexico. Both my father and grandfather are artists, so I grew up surrounded by work. I have always loved art and have wanted to become an artist for as long as I can remember.
My primary medium is acrylic on canvas. I have also enjoyed using acrylic on wood as well. As a self-taught artist, I really fight “looking at” something when I’m painting or sketching. I love just allowing my work to evolve organically. My preliminary sketches are done based mostly on things that inspire me: the people and traditions of my culture.
My piece titled, “La Partera” or “The Midwife,” came from my own family history. Growing up I had heard stories about my great grandmother Carmelita Anaya, or as she was lovingly called “Mieta”. She was a midwife and curandera in Galisteo, New Mexico. She was born in 1884 and raised 10 children of her own and delivered most of the babies in Galisteo at that time. When her daughter, Reynalda (my grandmother), would go into labor in Santa Fe, she would come from Galisteo to deliver her babies. In my piece, “La Partera” I show two portraits hanging on the wall. The one on the left is the wedding picture of my grandparents. The other is the daguerreotype of Mieta and my great grandfather Serapio Anaya when they were young. I saw this painting hanging in my grandmother’s bedroom my whole life. To the right stands Mieta holding her medicine bag ready to leave the new mother and father. I have a mortar and pestle on the night table to symbolize the herbs Mieta used to heal people. She has used the herbs to make a chamomile tea for the new mother to drink. The father has come from the fields to hold his new baby and give thanks for the safety of his wife. Of course, a cross presides over the family and the mother clasps her rosary.
In closing, it is in honor of my grandma, Reynalda Almeida that I paint. She lived in a little adobe casita near Canyon Road in Santa Fe. This was when the area was considered “the barrio” and not the “high rent district” it is now today. She always had a pot simmering on the stove and open arms ready for her children and grandchildren. Family meant everything to her and she instilled that in the rest of us. I hope that through my work I convey what I believe to be true of the Hispanic culture: generosity of spirit and home, love of family and traditions, and pride in who you are and where you came from.

November 23, 2010
Victoria de Almeida

 

Fiesta Dogs by Victoria De Almeida

 

Sitting Pretty by Victoria De Almeida

 

Gatos de Santa Fe by Victoria De Almeida

 

On An Adobe Wall by Victoria De Almeida

 

Los Cantantes or The Singers by Victoria De Almeida

 

I am Francis by Victoria De Almeida

 

St. Francis Libertys Blessing by Victoria De Almeida

 

Every Juan Loves Carmen by Victoria De Almeida

 

Putting On The Ritz by Victoria De Almeida

 

Frida In The Sky by Victoria De Almeida

 

Beso or Fridas Kisses by Victoria De Almeida

 

Tomasitas Restaurant by Victoria De Almeida

 

La Familia or The Family by Victoria De Almeida

 

La Bamba by Victoria De Almeida

 

Santa Fe Restaurant by Victoria De Almeida

 

Mamacitas Tortillas by Victoria De Almeida

 

The Chile Shop Santa Fe by Victoria De Almeida

 

San Pascual by Victoria De Almeida

 

San Pascuals Kitchen by Victoria De Almeida

 

St. Pascual Making Bread by Victoria De Almeida

 

San Pascual Making Biscochitos by Victoria De Almeida

 

Burritos In The Kitchen by Victoria De Almeida

 

San Pascuals Table by Victoria De Almeida

 

Mis Carinos by Victoria De Almeida

 

La Reina Y Devargas by Victoria De Almeida

 

Shooting Stars In New Mexico by Victoria De Almeida

 

The Blue House by Victoria De Almeida

 

Fiesta Cats II by Victoria De Almeida

 

Moonlight On The Wall by Victoria De Almeida

 

She Is Life Barnes and Noble by Victoria De Almeida

 

Isabel Y Tomas by Victoria De Almeida

 

Rosas Kitchen by Victoria De Almeida

 

Making Tortillas by Victoria De Almeida

 

Grandma Kate by Victoria De Almeida

 

Abuelita or Grandma by Victoria De Almeida

 

Little Birds by Victoria De Almeida

 

La Partera or The Midwife by Victoria De Almeida

 

Abuelita or Grandma by Victoria De Almeida

 

Mamacita by Victoria De Almeida

 

The Tea Party by Victoria De Almeida

 

Alicia Time For Love by Victoria De Almeida

 

Tommys Italian Kitchen by Victoria De Almeida

 

Santa Fe Restaurant TYLER by Victoria De Almeida

 

Adam and Eve The Naked Truth by Victoria De Almeida

 

Atom and Eva by Victoria De Almeida

 

Cat in Reflection by Victoria De Almeida

 

St. Francis Animal Saint by Victoria De Almeida

 

The Lesson or Making Tortillas by Victoria De Almeida