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Art & Life with Sara Altieri

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Altieri.

Sara, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Growing up, my mom was always creating something; my first school bag, artful home décor, she and my father made wooden toys as family holiday gifts, and she also was a portrait artist. I naturally gravitated to her creativity and have been drawing, painting, imagining and creating for as long as I can remember.

I studied studio art and graphic design in college. I painted figures with distorted features, elongated necks and claw-like hands, and participated in local art shows while maintaining a graphic design career. After completing my Master of Arts Degree in Learning and Teaching, I taught painting at a suburban Chicago college, where I focused less on technique and rather, encouraged students to discover creativity that incorporated approaches that were uniquely their own, leading to new discoveries.

Life’s path has taken me from the Midwest, where I was born and raised, to the west coast, to the northeast, back to the Midwest, and now in the southwest, where I deeply treasure the creative work that I am surrounded by in this incredible part of the country. My paintings still incorporate distorted figures and also include imagery of birds, sacred hearts and subjects influenced by Mexican folk art. I am also a muralist, motorcycle helmet artist, and creative educator.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art has transformed from dark, distorted figures, which appealed to my audience on a raw, emotional level, into brighter, softer, whimsical figures and objects. My audience tends to be attracted to the multiple layers and depth of color that is incorporated into the figures and objects that I now paint. The whimsical element creates a pinch of humor and the subject matter is generally that which we find beauty in: female figures, hearts, birds, stylized trees and anthropomorphic suns and moons.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
While the act of creating art generally involves the artist spending long hours isolated in his or her own studio or workspace with little interaction, teaching is highly interactive, as is participating in art fairs and events. Artists may also find social media as a means to connect with other artists as well as their audience.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
As a new Arizonan, I am working to establish a presence in and around the Phoenix area. I am currently working on commissioned pieces, motorcycle helmet art, and large scale paintings and murals with the goal of being recognized among the admirable group of Phoenix muralists. The new employment center at UMOM New Day Center features a mural that I created of a Talavera-inspired sun surrounded by a lively and colorful Arizona landscape. I will be participating in art fairs and exhibits in and around the Valley and also paint murals in interior and exterior residential spaces and businesses.

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Sara Altieri

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