Adriana Zubikarai is a Professional artist, teacher, curator, and childrens book author. She was born and raised in Mexico City. Adriana now lives in New York City. After studying a BA in Economics in Mexico, she finished a certificate program in photography from the International Center of Photography and studied painting at the New York Academy of Art and privately at the Leah Lopez Attelier. Her work has been exhibited at: The Salmagundi Club, The Bennington Center for the Arts, One Art Space, The School at the International Center of Photography, The gallery at Hyanku Osaka. Her work is privately collected in Mexico, United States, Japan.
She teaches drawing and painting online and at her art studio and in different non profits and schools around the city.
I am Adriana Zubikarai or Zubi, Mexican born, living in New York City. A big part of me was dormant until I started making art.
My vision as an artist began unfolding at the International Center of Photography. Studying composition and color was like taking a veil of my face, allowing me to discover the world around me. My favorite part was the process of developing and printing film, the manipulation of paper and image, the immediacy of transferring the vision from roll to print.
A few years of working in photography and raising my two baby girls, I knew I had to explore a new medium of expression. I finally got a babysitter and enrolled for a class at the New York Academy of Art. Using oil paints for the first time in my life at the age of 33!, improving how to see and the skills to reproduce what we are seeing. Studying on an atelier style with the guidance of Instructors at the NYAA and privately at the Leah Lopez Atelier gave me a strong foundation that I carry with me into every project.
What keeps me coming back to art-making is placing myself with challenges, little problems to solve each time. I enjoy the process more than the result of the work, making art is the most effective form of meditation.
I broke away from classic atelier style of painting, even thought I still incorporate it in my art work and keep going back to it, either with live objects or photographs. I enjoy the challenge and process of learning new skills all the time. I teach in this way, trying to share the magic of the process with others.
I carry my practice in an exploratory way, choosing paintings, surfaces and grounds that support the concept of the artwork.
With curiosity and Joy.
Interested in a studio visit? Send me an email and we can coordinate a zoom or in person visit.