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Meet Cecilia Galindo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cecilia Galindo.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up in Arizona I always had an interest in Art especially since both of my parents are artists. I received my BFA in Painting from ASU in 2006 then pursued several positions in the art field such as mural assistant, production artist, president of a cooperative gallery as well as working in a frame shop and interning at the Phoenix Art Museum. I briefly thought of teaching art and volunteered and tutored high school classes as well as 2nd and 3rd grade art history lessons, but it wasn’t for me. I’m much too quiet of a person and prefer to work one on one with people.

With an interest in working with several mediums, I later pursued an apprenticeship in the art of Tattoo. I studied under C.R. Jordan and Kirk Tapley and learned how to transition my love of paint on canvas to ink on skin. In 2012-2013 I drew over 150 illustrations for a book C.R. Jordan wrote titled “This might sting a bit” which answered the common questions people may wonder about when getting their first tattoo. The book was published in 2013 and still continues to sell on Amazon. I’m currently still working as a Tattoo artist in Tempe at Urban Art tattoo and continue to draw and paint on a regular basis to show work locally and to push myself to grow more as an artist.

Please tell us about your art.
I always had an interest in surrealism. I often exaggerate images and create surreal atmospheres. For example, I’m currently working on a body of work of illustrations of women/girls morphed into cacti. I’ll be showing in a joint exhibition with fellow tattooer and close friend Christine Vallieres at The Sagrado in February. As for tattooing, my passion is in bright and bold high contrast work as well as black work with textured shading. I just want people to see the beauty in the work. I’d prefer to leave my paintings/drawings ambiguous so each person can take something personal from it.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
At this point success to me is making a good living as an artist. I’m currently a single mom raising an eleven-year-old daughter. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to provide for her and give her everything she needs. Being an artist, with plenty of financial ups and downs with work, I’m happy to say I’m doing well right now.

As an artist, to be successful you really need to keep pushing yourself. Be persistent. You have to create your own work schedule of when you have to draw/paint. If you don’t stick to a plan of what you need to do each day then you’ll likely not get anything done. There are too many distractions nowadays so I make lists constantly of work that needs to be done each week. I also push myself to learn new things. I continue to read and research color theory, techniques, etc. That’s what I feel defines a successful artist.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
As I said, I will be showing in February at The Sagrado, 6437 S. Central Ave., opening reception will be February 9th. Other than that, people can follow me on Instagram @ceciliagalindoart

Contact Info:

  • Address: Urban Art Tattoo
    1212 E. Apache Blvd.
    Tempe, 85281
  • Website:
  • Phone: 4808297226
  • Email:
  • Instagram: ceciliagalindoart

Image Credit:
Cecilia Galindo

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