What is the essence of Art for you?
For me, the essence of art is to tell stories of people without words. My paintings tell stories using symbolic sceneries. The vision of women and children going through different life experiences and stages through allegories tells you that story through narrative art.
Volunteer models are portrayed in my paintings as the characters of the story. While studying, volunteering, and practicing psychology, I explore the experiences of victims and heroines who interlace their lives as one—the untold stories of ordinary people where redemption is found through spirituality.
My paintings are spiritual journeys into the inner worlds of my characters, through which themes of suffering, surviving, love, and the meaning of life are explored.
On the one hand, my work is influenced by women artists such as Camille Claudel, and Remedios Varo, the philosophy of the annihilation of the Soul of Marguerite Porete, Nagarjuna and his theory of Emptiness, and a little bit of contemporary psychology and quantum physics via Dr. Amit Goswami.
On the other hand, I see myself under the influence of Japanese traditional art. As a self-taught painter, I employ an unconventional painting technique that significantly contributes to the lyrical quality of my unfolded narratives. Soft pastel colors, sometimes acrylics or oils or both combined, are applied as fragile layers on the canvas, where you may sometimes see through and find imperfections purposely, as exemplified by Japanese aesthetics to differentiate one-of-a-kind handmade art from digital and industrial production printed canvas.
I find painting close to poetry. Consequently, I am more focused on capturing the essence of a character living through the portrayed persona in her/his narrative, always on a minimalist background. You may, find yourself trapped in it.
Alicia Campos Massó
Is an international narrative artist, psychologist, art therapist, educator, teaching artist, and social entrepreneur, dedicated 100% to her art and teaching.
Shows her artwork in solo and group Art exhibitions in Spain, France, México, Japan, and the USA among other countries.
Has clients and private Art collectors all around the world.
Founded Happy Industries Art Studio, with his son Lázaro Vázquez, in 2011 in New York, inspired on the one hand, by his son's artistic talents and art approaches, and on the other, by the growing demand for her artwork.
Graduated with a BS in Psychology in México D.F. and specialized in Art Therapy from Endicott College. The main field of study: Trauma in childhood. Art and Healing.
Continued studying psychology, trauma, suicidal behaviors, art for healing, and entrepreneurship at Harvard.
Graduated with a Master in Educational Technologies at Harvard, with the thesis: Art in a Hispanic Community for Social Awareness in the Age of Technology.
Has taught grammar, Art, literature, business, and human rights in Spanish at Harvard, UPenn and NYU, among other universities.
Is an author/illustrator of bilingual Spanish/English children's books. When Clotilde Dreams..., Lazaro and the Crocodile, Noah in the Neighborhood and Walking through the Moon's Forest.
Promotes women entrepreneurship, offers art workshops and participates in art and business related seminars as well as community oriented projects.
Has private Art for Healing and Art as Therapy sessions.
Former Guardian Ad Litem. Child Court Representation.
Member of the National Association of Women Artists NAWA NY, Harvard Women Alumni and, College Art Association CAA.
Currently teaches at The University of Tampa, Aesthetics and Creativity, is a grad student at the Institute of Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, runs 100 Women Artists in Art History Cultural Agency, and prepares an Art Solo Exhibition for September 2024 - Bella Unica Gallery, St. Pete, Florida.
2022-2027 Ph.D. student at IDSVA Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts
2023 Harvard Summer School. Buddhist Philosophy
2009 ALM. Harvard University. Psychology, Technology, Art
2005 BS. Endicott College. Psychology and Business.
2023 Best in the Bay 100 Women Artists in Art History
2022 Gobioff Foundation Grant. "100 Women Artists in Art History-Represented by Women Artists from Florida"
2021 FYE 2021 Professional Development for Artists Grant.
Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.
Tampa Florida USA
2020 Gobioff Foundation Microgrant. Tampa FL
2018 Fulfill your Destiny Grant. Tampa FL
2009 Grant Massachusetts Cultural Council. Boston, MA
2005 School Murals. Cultural Agents Initiative. Harvard University. MA
2006 School Murals. Cultural Agents Initiative. Harvard University. MA
1982 Murcia Illustration for Story Telling. Spain
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2024 Bella Unica Gallery. The Aesthetics of a Woman Soul: Motherhood & Spiritual Traditions. Florida
2021 Straz Center of Performing Arts. Flamenco and Spain. Tampa FL
2021 Spain Restaurant Gallery. Think Female Tampa FL
2019 Spain Restaurant Gallery. Collages. Tampa FL
2005 Cartagena Gallery. Landscapes of the City. Murcia. Spain
2001 Azafran Gallery. Textures. Philadelphia PA
2000 Taller Puertorriqueño Galería. Portraits. Philadelphia PA
1999 Lindenberg Gallery. White Textures. New York NY
1999 El Chisme Art Gallery. Disintegration. Mexico D.F. Mexico
1998 El Ex-Convento EL Desierto de los Leones Art Gallery. Angeles. Mexico D.F. Mexico
Selected Group Exhibitions
2025 100 Women Artists in Art History. Mom Museum, NY-FL
2024 Medusa Art Exhibition Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa FL
2024 100 Women Artists in Art History. Dunedin Art Teaching Gallery, FL
2023 100 Women Artists in Art History. Spain Restaurant Gallery & St Joseph Hospital. Tampa FL
2022 Trask Gallery at the National Arts Club. New York, NY
2022 Carrollwood Cultural Center. The Tarot Project. Tampa FL
2021 The House of Shadows. Nightmare on Kennedy. Tampa FL
2021 Mize Gallery. Critters. St. Pete FL
2021 Atelier de SoSi. El Día de los Muertos. St Petersburg FL
2021 Carrollwood Cultural Center. FLOWERS. Tampa, FL.
2020 Woodfield Fine Art Gallery. Come Out. St Pete FL
2020 Bella Unica. OneArtistOneStory. St Pete FL
2020 International Plaza. Project GOAT. Tampa, FL
2019 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Project GOAT. Tampa, FL
2019 Art Lofts. The May Mad Hatter. St Pete FL
2019 Spain Restaurant. Art with HeArt. Tampa FL
2019 Art Lofts. Stitcherotica. St Pete FL
2019 Spain Restaurant. We are the Ocean. Tampa FL
2019 On Point Executive Center. Another Day at the Office. Tampa FL
2018 Florida in Art. Westshore Plaza. Tampa FL
2018 Florida CraftArt. Día de los Muertos. A Celebration of Life. St Pete FL
2016 Ruth Eckerd Hall. Clearwater. FL
2017 Spain Restaurant Gallery. Latino Cultural Diversity. Tampa FL
2016 The Gallery at 14 Days to Close. Collective. Ybor City FL
2014 CEMUART. El Amor no Anda en Burro. Tlalnepantla. México
2013 INFONAVIT. El Amor no Anda en Burro. México D.F.
2012 Nude Nite. Art Exhibition and Event. Tampa FL
2012 Museo Pagaza, Valle Bravo. El Amor no Anda en Burro. México.
2009 Nude Nite. Art Exhibition and Event. Tampa FL
2009 Tampa Artist Emporium. Habitat. Tampa FL
2004 Lorenzo Homar Gallery. 100+1 Miles Radius. Philadelphia PA
2002 Cultural Center Art Show. Philadelphia PA
2001 XOXO Art Exhibition. Philadelphia PA
2001 Painted Bride Art Center. Ofrendas. Philadelphia PA
1995 Borders Gallery. Still Life. Philadelphia PA
1987 Certamen Concurso. Murcia Art Exhibition. Murcia. Spain
Selected Art Project-Community Oriented
2021 The Tarot Project. A deck by Floridian artists. Development and organization of Tarot Art Show, printing deck and special event with international tarotists.
2020 FRAMEWORKS. Tampa FL
2018/21 Florida in Art. Promotion of local artists by themes.
Social media and Art exhibitions in Tampa locations. FL
2005 Murals in Public Schools. Cultural Agents Initiative. Harvard University. MA
Selected Art Events/Festivals
2021 Live Paint: Woman with American Flag. Paint 22. Veterans Art Show. Tampa FL
2019 Pop Up Art Market Westshore Plaza. Tampa FL
2016 Harbour Island Art Walk. Tampa FL
2016 Flowers. Home Show. Expo Hall. Tampa FL
2015/16/17 Convention Center. Cons. Tampa FL
2013/17 Clearwater Outdoor Festival. FL
2010/11 West Broadway. Manhattan NY
1997/98 El Jardín del Arte. Sullivan-San Angel. Mexico DF Mexico
Selected Talks, Panels and Seminars
2024 NeMLA 55th Convention Boston. Presenting: A Pink Soul. MARGUERITE PORETE.
2023 Harvard Women Alumni Global Conference. Women Cultural Agents
2022 Judge Panelist for TESA FL
2021 Illustration and Storytelling. Straz Center. Tampa FL
2021 Art Demo and Talk. Brandon League of Fine Arts FL
2020 Judge Panelist for Carrollwood Cultural Center. Tampa FL
2016 Panelist. CEO National Conference. Tampa Convention Center FL
2010 Art Presentation. Rotary Club of Brandon. FL
2009 Art Therapy in Mexico City. Harvard University. Cambridge MA
2005 Talk. Humanities Center Seminar. Harvard University. Cambridge MA
2020 Art and Human Trafficking. Tampa Bay Times. FL
2020 Art and Human Trafficking. Telemundo 49 News. FL
2019 Art for Healing. Centro Tampa. FL
2010 Walls. Focus Education. Mexico D. F. Mexico
2009 Habitat. Magazine Vertical Tampa Bay, FL
2004 Arte y Cultura. El Hispano. Philadelphia. PA
2004/2005 Booklet. The Humanities Center. Harvard University MA
1998 El Universal. El País. El Día. El Nacional. Mexico D.F. Mexico
2022 The University of Tampa, Applied Media Aesthetics and Creativity FL
2011/2021 Drawing/Painting Classes/Workshops. Happy Industries Art Studio
2019 Workshop. Mandalas. Awakening Wellness Center. St Pete FL
2019 Workshop. On Glass. On Point Executive Center. Tampa FL
2018 Mandalas. Warehouse Arts Exchange. St Pete FL
2005/2009 TA/Lecturer/Instructor. Art and Literature in Spanish, Harvard University, MA