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 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 jumping in and sketching what I think something should look like in my own style. My preliminary sketches are done based mostly on things that inspire me: the people and traditions of my culture.
My work evolved and grew on the foundation of family. It is in honor of my grandma, Reynalda Almeida (1922-2000) 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. No pinto con mis manos; pinto con mi corazon.
November 13, 2017
Victoria de Almeida
Victoria de Almeida Studio Gallery
66 E. San Francisco Street, Suite 8a
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Victoria de Almeida is an award-winning folk artist and owner of the Victoria de Almeida Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the 2017 Film Business Alliance of New Mexico Sourcebook cover artist, and the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta poster artist. In 2013, Barnes and Noble bookstores chose her as their 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Artist. Recently, the Arizona State University Hispanic Research Center produced a documentary of her life and work. Victoria de Almeida lives with her husband Doug and son Douglas in Santa Fe, New Mexico. To see more of her work visit her website at www.VictoriadeAlmeida.com or visit her working studio at 66 E. San Francisco Street located on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.