Patricia Araujo was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Colombian parents. She grew up in Bogota, Colombia and lived there until the age of 19. She began drawing at a very early age, always intrigued by architecture and form. After completing high school in Bogota, Araujo moved to Northern California and studied architecture, painting, and photography. In 2005 she obtained her second B.F.A in Painting, from the San Francisco Art Institute.
For over a decade, Patricia Araujo has painted the facades of both iconic city landmarks and downtown buildings. Her paintings depict praiseworthy examples of San Francisco architecture, some utilitarian and others grandly ornamental; addressing the themes of urban growth and decay. Araujo continues to deepen her conceptual themes on architecture, place and change in the urban landscape. She has been exhibiting in San Francisco since 1998. In 2008, she published her first book, entitled ”SOMA SEEN”. Her work has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, ARTslant, 7x7 SF, Beyondchron, Examiner and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It is through two main routes that I explore notions which fascinate me, the singular iconic structure coupled with multiple environmental abstractions. My work explores a main theme: urbanscapes, which are both factual accounts and at the same time fictionalized fantasies, and symbolic. I am primarily involved with the study of forms and the study of facades. In addition, I move beyond the surface into the supporting structure, in which are found Western notions of harmonies, proportion, and the mathematical aesthetics that are the foundations of this expression. Amongst those aspects of the language of architecture that appeal to me is the arch and the dome. Within architecture is both the mystery and utility of geometry. Architecture symbolizes beyond the structure alone. The aesthetics and socio-political possibilities of temples, cathedrals, theatres, municipal buildings, are celebrated structures which recognize the role of social and ritual. In the secular world too, there are also examples of architectural structures which amplify, magnify and otherwise celebrate both power and strength - an arena where visions and beliefs and ideologies are metamorphosed into the concrete. As an artist, my foundation is with both the real and the abstract, and the connotations of the structures that are our cities.
In my cityscapes, I sense the presence of the silent stage uninterrupted by inhabitants. There is both silence and suspension. Even in the light there is a sense of being suspended between the certainty of day and the doubt at night. My inspiration is mirrored by the presence of sublime spaces. The profound or spectacular can reside within the humble, not only the glamorous or veneered. It is both. Notions of timelessness, ideas and ideals, the ordinary and the fantastic are encountered in the imaginative moments. The everyday gets transformed by attention, by paying attention and through the practice of painting. I endeavor to poetize the ordinary and to turn acts of the imagination into facts of the imagination in the hope that I give account of the innate potential for mystery and the otherwise invisibility born of familiarity.
SELECTED PRESS & REVIEWS
The City from SOMA Grand, ARTslant, Review by Wilma Parker, dated December 12th, 2012.
SoMa Like You've Never Seen, Huffington Post, by Aaron Sankin, dated November 19th, 2012.
SoMa towers paint new picture for SF, SF Chronicle, by John King, dated October 30th, 2012.
Spotlight Emerging Artist: Patricia Araujo, 2Op Collective, by Lauren Smith, April 14th, 2012.
"Geometric Goddesses" @ Roll Up Gallery, Artbusiness.com, March 2012.
7x7SF - Four Don't-Miss Art Shows This Week SF: "Geometric Goddesses", 7x7, by Alex Bigman, 2012
"Heart of the City/SOMA SEEN", ARTslant, dated January 28th, 2009, Review by Wilma Parker.
"Resuscitating the Heart of San Francisco", SF Chronicle, by Heather Knight, December 24, 2008
"Heart of the City": Structures Built to Last", SF Chronicle, by Reyhan Harmanci, November 27th, 2008.
"Heart of the City", ArtBusiness.com, by Alan Bamberger, November 21st, 2008.
"Tenderloin CBD Gets New Office; Art Exhibit Tonight!", Beyondchron.org, by Paul Hogarth, Nov 2008.
"HEART OF THE CITY", SF BAY GUARDIAN BEST WEEKLY PICK, 2008, by Michelle Broder Van Dyke
"DA Arts Paintings Selected for Bloomingdales' Opening", Beyondchron, by Randy Shaw, 2006.
"Architecture for Bloomingdales - Patricia Araujo at DA Arts", Beyondchron, by Wilma Parker, 2006.
To view Patricia Araujo's complete resume and portfolio online, please visit: www.AbstractMetropolis.com
NEW BOOK PUBLICATION: SOMA RISING
ABOUT SOMA RISING
Paintings by Patricia Araujo
"Patricia Araujo began photographing, drawing, and painting San Francisco's SOMA (South of Market Street) almost as soon as she moved into the neighborhood, during the late 1990s. Her work has been based on drawing in general and architectural drawing in particular. She studied architecture before she studied painting, and since the San Francisco neighborhood where she lived has many interesting buildings, some of them architecturally distinguished, it seemed natural that she should begin by painting what she saw every day".
"Beyond her own neighborhood, San Francisco as a whole can easily be seen an architect's dream city. SOMA Rising explores architectural practice as both imagination and sometimes sad reality. But it ends on a hopeful note: accepting the inevitability of change, its rooftop views show us the city from a vantage point that in itself speaks to the possibility of growth and renewal." ~Jerome Tarshis
SOMA RISING, features selected paintings by Araujo of her continued interest in the facades of both iconic city landmarks and abandoned downtown buildings. Some of them refurbished and put back into active use, some of them still-handsome abandoned buildings. Featured favorite landmarks by Araujo include the Golden Gate Theatre, the Warfield, the forgotten Fox Theatre, Hibernia Bank, the Old Emporium dome, the Old Mint, the 33 New Montgomery Clock, and the PG&E Power Plants of 6th & Jessie Streets. This book finalizes by showing her latest series of paintings of rooftop views seen from SOMA Grand, a high-rise luxury building centrally located in SoMa, which captures fantastic panoramic views of buildings in the South of Market and downtown districts, including notable landmarks like the Federal Building, Transamerica Pyramid, the Marriott, the InterContinental Hotel and the tallest residential building in the city - One Rincon Hill. Her paintings pay tribute to a marvelous city that continues to rise!
SOMA RISING is 40 pages, hardcover/dustjacket, 10" x 8" landscape style book, by Blurb Publishing, October 2012. All text and artwork by Patricia Araujo. Foreword by Jerome Tarshis, Art Critic, San Francisco. This book is available for purchase online, please visit Blurb Publishing's direct link at SOMA RISING Hardcover/dustjacket: $45.00 + tax/shipping. Blurb Publishing offers shipping worldwide. SOMA RISING is also available for purchase at Green Arcade Bookstore in San Francisco.
BOOK PUBLICATION, TOMORROWLAND TODAY
"This series of paintings by Patricia Araujo is not a realistic depiction of any one Tomorrowland at any single point in time. It is, collectively, an artist’s fantasy, like a theme and variations in music, about the imaginative act involved in designing a representation of the future, seeing it built, seeing it get older. It unobtrusively reminds us that looking forward and looking back are closely connected.”
From the foreword by Jerome Tarshis.
Book is available for purchase online Blurb Publishing and at William Stout Architectural Books in San Francisco. To view Book's complete Preview, please visit here
“Araujo reminds us that the buildings of our cities' commercial neighborhoods were architects' fantasies before they became assertive new realities and then, after the passage of time, objects of nostalgia. All three stages of that evolution live side by side in this book. These paintings and drawings depict praiseworthy examples of San Francisco architecture, some utilitarian and others grandly ornamental. The book as a whole reaffirms the city's daydream of itself as a uniquely beautiful amalgam of past and present.” Jerome Tarshis, Art Critic
SOMA SEEN is available for purchase online at Blurb Publishing and at the following bookstores in San Francisco:Green Arcade Bookstore and at William Stout Architectural Books.