These are 8" x 10" Matted Prints of Victoria de Almeida's wonderful work. In the overall 8" x 10" matted print the image is 5" x 7". There are 5 to choose from: Girl Holding Chihuahuas or "Mis Carinos" in Spanish, Frida in the Sky, Besos Frida Kisses, Day of the Dead "Every Juan Loves Carmen", and Day of the Dead "Putting on the Ritz".
Girl Holding Chihuahuas “Mis Carinos” Victoria de Almeida was raised with a very large extended Hispanic family. Along with her 20 cousins, Victoria would play at her grandparents little casita in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her grandfather, Manuel, always had two little Chihuahuas in the house that he adored. The 22 grandchildren would chase the little dogs all over the house and loved playing with them. This painting shows a Spanish girl with de Almeida’s trademark big brown eyes snuggling her two little pups. The word “carinos” is a Spanish term of endearment that essentially means, “dear little ones”. In the background is a burnt orange adobe wall and a rich red ristra hanging that is so commonly seen in Northern New Mexico.
Frida in the Sky This is a painting Victoria did of her favorite artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Her pets were very important to her. She had parrots, dogs, and her beloved monkeys. Victoria put her in the sky because she thinks of her as a very strong spirit that has passed on but is always with her.
Besos frida Kisses This is another ode to her favorite artist, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). The joking title of this piece is "Kissing Ass". Frida is blowing a kiss to her darling burro. Burros were a very big part of peoples lives because of their versatility as transport and pack animals. Often their gentle nature made them very beloved to the families who owned them. Children would attach small wagons to them and ride around.
“Every Juan Loves Carmen” These paintings are of a series de Almeida has done to honor the Day of the Dead (or Día de Los Muertos in spanish) holiday celebrated in Mexico. This Mexican holiday focuses on family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is celebrated on October 31, November 1 and November 2. Traditions connected with this beautiful holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. If one doesn’t really understand this holiday it can be preceived as morbid, pagan, or dark. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of the people we love who have gone on to a better place. It is truly a beautiful holiday.
“Putting On Ritz” Victoria's homage to the Great Gatsby and the Roaring 1920's.
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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