These are 11" x 14" Matted Prints of Victoria de Almeida's wonderful work. In the overall 11" x 14" matted print the image is 8" x 10". There are 5 to choose from: Cats in Santa Fe Dress or "Gatos de Santa Fe" in Spanish, Cats Gossip On The Wall or "El Chisme" in Spanish, and Dogs in Santa Fe or "Perros de Santa Fe" in Spanish, Singing Coyotes or "Los Cantantes" in Spanish, and San Pasqual, the Patron Saint of chefs.
Cats in Santa Fe Dress or “Gatos de Santa Fe” You will often see cats depicted in Victoria de Almeida’s work. Large eyes are a trademark of de Almeida’s work and cats have big, beautiful, expressive eyes. From Left to Right: Rojo is enjoying a traditional New Mexican meal w/a margarita. Morado wears a cowboy hat and boots. Amarilla is a Spanish princess ready to celebrate Fiestas de Santa Fe in September. Verde wears traditional Navajo jewelry and sits on a woven Navajo blanket. Azul plays mariachi music on his guitar and wears a sombrero. A painting of the home of the artist’s grandma that no longer stands in Santa Fe hangs on the wall. Saint Francis, the saint of animals and the environment is in the nicho.
“El Chisme” or “The Gossip” Victoria de Almeida loves painting animals. Her favorite animals to paint are cats because they have such large and colorful eyes. This piece is titled “El Chisme” because the two kitties on the right look like they are having a good gossip. These cats are having a nice night in the full moon on a cool adobe wall typical of what you see in New Mexico. Their owl friend and a trio of bats are “hanging out” as well. The siamese kitty has a love offering in her paw for her green-eyed boyfriend on her right.
“Perros de Santa Fe” This painting is a commission de Almeida did for a couple in Santa Fe. They were avid dog lovers and wanted a painting of their five rescue dogs. Starting from the left is Joey who loves to eat so he is enjoying a traditional New Mexican meal topped off with a Margarita. Myka loves to wrap herself in jackets or blankets left on the floor so she wears a serape blanket and cowboy boots. Koko is the matriarch and peace-keeper of the family so she wears hippie boots and the Hindu Om sign of peace while her favorite tennis ball sits to her left. Yahze, which is Navajo for “little one,” wears a squash blossom necklace, turquoise ring and bracelet while sitting on a woven Navajo rug. Finally, Skye plays guitar and wears a traditional mariachi costume. The house in the small painting to the left the home of the artist’s grandma that no longer stands in Santa Fe. The couple that commissioned this painting are looking out the window of the casita. A small statue of St. Francis, the saint of animals and nature, is in the nicho on the right.
Singing Coyotes or "Los Cantantes" This is a print from an original I did for my father for Christmas. He is an excellent musician and LOVES coyotes. We live in the New Mexico dessert and every evening we hear them sing their beautiful songs!
San Pascual Patron Saint of Chefs Pascual Bailon (1540-1592) was born, in May of 1540 in Torre Hermosa, Aragon, Spain. In his youth he was a sheep herder and was often seen praying in the pastures. His faith led him to the Franciscan monastery in Loreto. Because he was uneducated, the friars would only accept him to do menial tasks such as cooking. His devotion to his faith and kindness of heart to the poor made him beloved by all. San Pascual is the patron saint of cooks and the kitchen. He is especially loved in New Mexico. I have depicted him here after he has prepared a traditional New Mexican meal for his Franciscans. He has served burritos smothered in red chile, enchiladas served with a fried egg, tamales, fresh flour tortillas, Spanish rice, pinto beans, and sopaipillas with honey.
Victoria de Almeida was born and raised in the beautiful state of New Mexico. Her family has been in northern New Mexico for over 9 generations. Her favorite subjects to paint are the people and traditions of northern New Mexico. When asked about what influences her work, de Almeida explains, "The foundation of my art has been largely based on the memories and experiences I have had being part of a large, beautiful, Hispanic family. I love painting interiors of the home because of my memories of my grandma Reynalda Almeida. She lived in a little adobe casita near Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She always had a pot simmering on the stove and open arms ready for her children and grandchildren. The rich smell of red chile would permeate the house while my Grandma would push my small hands into a floury bowl of tortilla dough. I hope that my work conveys 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."
Victoria de Almeida is an award-winning folk artist and owner of the Victoria De Almeida Studio/Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a member of the Contemporary Hispanic Market, the largest art show in the United States for Hispanic artists. De Almeida's work has been exhibited at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum and featured in New Mexico Magazine. She was the 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta poster artist and Barnes and Noble chose her as their 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Artist. She has won numerous awards for her paintings including "Best of Painting" at the 2014 Contemporary Hispanic Market and she is a best selling artist on the global website Fine Art America. De Almeida has been featured on television and the Arizona State University Hispanic Research Center has produced a documentary of her life and work. Victoria de Almeida lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband Doug and son Douglas.
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