Artist Statement

 

"What is the essence of Art for you? 

 

For me, it is narrating the story of people without words. My paintings will tell 'you' stories using symbolic sceneries. The vision of women and children going through different life experiences and stages through symbols tells 'you' that story through Narrative Art. 

 

Volunteer models are being portraited in my paintings as the characters of the story. While studying, volunteering, and practicing psychology, I explore experiences from victims and heroes 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 one hand, there is an influence of surrealist artists such as Lenora Carrington and Remedios Varo, the undercover hysteria studies of Freud, some Greek mythology and a little bit of contemporary psychology. 

 

On the other, I see myself under the influence of Japanese Art. As a self-taught painter, I employ an unconventional painting technique that greatly contributes to the lyrical quality of my unfold narratives. Soft pastel colors, sometimes acrylics or oils or both combined, are applied as very thin layers on the canvas, where "you" may sometimes see-through, and find imperfections purposely, as made by traditional Japanese Art to differentiate one of a kind hand made art from digital and/or industrial production printed canvas.

 

At the end of the day, I find Painting close to Poetry and consequently I am more focused on capturing the essence of a character living through the portraited persona in her/his narrative, always on a minimalist background. 'You' may find 'yourself' trapped in it." 

Biography

 

Alicia Campos Massó

Is an international narrative artist, psychologist, art therapist, 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. 

 

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.

 

Promotes Art and fine artists of all ages. Organizes Art shows yearly, among those: Florida in Art.

 

Has private Art for Healing and Art as Therapy sessions. 

 

Is a trained volunteer child advocate Guardian Ad Litem at Hillsborough County, Florida. U.S.A.

Education 

2009  Harvard University Psychology and Technology/Art. MA

2005  Endicott College Psychology and Business. Mexico/Boston

1998    Business and Entrepreneurship. Cartagena. Spain

Awards/Grants

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

1994   Murcia Illustration for Story Telling. Spain

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022  Carrollwood Cultural Center.  The Splashes of Redemption. Tampa FL

2021   Straz Center of Performing Arts. Tampa FL

2019   Spain Restaurant gallery wall. 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

2021  Mize Gallery. Critters. St. Pete 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  Project GOAT. International Plaza. Tampa, FL

2019   Project GOAT. Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. 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. Dia 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

2012   Nude Nite. Art Exhibition and Event. Tampa FL

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

1990    Cartagena Art Gallery. Spain

1987    Murcia Exhibition Wall. 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.

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

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

 

Selected Bibliography/Press/Media

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

 

Selected Teaching

2011/2021 Drawing/Painting Classes/Workshops. Happy Industries Art Studio New York/Tampa

2019 Workshop. Mandalas. Awakening Wellness Center. St Pete FL

2019 Workshop. On Glass. On Point Executive Center. Tampa FL

2018 Mandalas. Warehouse ArtExchange. St Pete FL

2005/2009 TA/Lecturer/Instructor. Art and Literature in Spanish Harvard University MA

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2020 Silent Light, Themis' Guardian. Project G.O.A.T. Public Spaces. International Plaza Telemundo 49 News. Tampa FL