Florida - based artist, Paola Gallardo, was born in Bogota, Colombia in the early 70’s. At only 4 years of age, Paola and her family moved to Spain. While in Spain, she studied art starting with black and white media at the age of twelve at Jose Joaquin's Studio in Zaragoza, Spain. She explored other techniques at Goymar School of Arts in Madrid, and graffito and charcoal at Artaquio Studio after she graduated. Paola splashed onto the art scene in the early 90's and worked as a private teacher for almost 8 years. She enjoyed blending her artistic European influence with the Latin-American artistic movement through collaborations with different artists in Colombia. While living there, she also worked as a tutor for portraiture at El Gorgojo studio. She has always embraced color and texture, which is evident everywhere in her pieces. Her artwork has been on exhibits and galleries in Spain, Colombia, New Mexico, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
My artwork communicates with the viewer in a special way. It is what you see and what it makes you feel. Emotions, reactions and even memories. My figurative artwork is part of who I am as a human, and it also becomes part of the viewer’s identity. Today, using oils, and other media, I create my own unique style of art focusing on portraying human identity; I look for the genuine expression of color, shapes, texture and detail to bring it to the audience in the most natural way.