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Patricia Araujo

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Pacifica No.5, 2015 Oil on Panel 20 X 16 X 1.5 Inches © Patricia Araujo
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PACIFICA, 2015 Oil on Canvas 30" X 20" X 2" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Tribute to Pacifica, 2014 Oil on Canvas 20 X 16 X 2 Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Court of Pacifica, 2014 Oil on Canvas 36" X 24" © Patricia Araujo
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Elephant Towers & Tower of the Sun, 2014 Oil on Canvas 30" X 24" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Pacifica, Happy 75th, 2015 Oils on Wall 37" X 32.5" © Patricia Araujo
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First Republic Bank, 2015 Oil on Canvas 20" X 24" © Patricia Araujo
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Triptych: Old Emporium Rising, Oh Mighty Marriott My Egypt, & Old Emporium @ dawn, 2012 Oil on Panel 50" X 75" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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View # 1: Federal Building, 2012 Oil on Canvas 48" X 36" © Patricia Araujo
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Rooftop View from SoMa Grand, 2012 Oil on Canvas 48" X 36" © Patricia Araujo
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Rooftop View from SOMA Grand III, 2012 Oil on Canvas 48" X 36" © Patricia Araujo
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Rooftop View from SOMA Grand IV, 2012 Oil on Canvas 48" X 36" © Patricia Araujo
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Inter-Continental & Thermal Plant, 2013 Oil on Canvas 36" X 24" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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The Warfield, 2013 Oil on Canvas 30" X 24" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Furniture & Carpets, 2013 Oil on Canvas 40 X 30 Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Metamorphosis II Oil on Canvas 68 X 48 X 2 3/4 Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Golden Gate Theatre II, 2013 Oil on Panel 18" X 24" © Patricia Araujo
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View from 6th & Jessie Streets, 2010 Oil on Canvas 20" X 24" © Patricia Araujo
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Rooftop View of 6th Street, 2010 Oil on Panel 19" X 24" © Patricia Araujo
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Old Mint, 2010 Oil on Canvas 20" X 24" © Patricia Araujo
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New Mint, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36" X 48" © Patricia Araujo
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Second Street @ Twilight, 2011 Oil on Panel 14" X 24" © Patricia Araujo
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33 New Montgomery Clock III, 2010 Oil on Panel 10" X 10" © Patricia Araujo
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A Mysterious Icon, 2002 Oil on Panel 28.5 X 12.5 Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Rising Still, 2003 Oil on Canvas 38" X 36" X 2" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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SOMA Scene, 2005 Oil on Canvas 48" X 72" X 2" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Magic City Oil on Panel 14" X 21" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Homage to Plaza La Santamaria, 2014 Oil on Canvas 16" X 20" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Dnepr (soft focus), 2010 Original Oil on Canvas © Patricia Araujo
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Dnepr, 2008 Oil on Canvas 20" X 24" © Patricia Araujo
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Dnepr (neon/dark), 2010 Digital Rendition of Original Oil on Canvas © Patricia Araujo
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Futur, 2008 Oil on Canvas 36 © Patricia Araujo
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Enchanted Brooklyn, 2003 Oil on Canvas 48" X 60" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Hershey's, 2011 Oil on Canvas 20" X 16" X 1.5" Inches © Patricia Araujo
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Geometric Goddesses: Patricia Araujo (left) and Spencer Sass (right), 2012
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Exhibit flyer invite, The City from SOMA Grand © Patricia Araujo
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Rooftop View from SoMa Grand: Federal Building, 2012 Oil on Canvas 48" X 36" © Patricia Araujo
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Rooftop View from SoMa Grand II, 2012 Oil on Canvas 48" X 36" © Patricia Araujo
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SOMA RISING, Book Release © Patricia Araujo
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SOMA RISING, Book Release © Patricia Araujo
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Furniture & Carpets Oil on Canvas 30x40" © ©Patricia Araujo
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Zipper Galeria
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New Mint, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36" X 48" © Patricia Araujo
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Furniture & Carpets, 2013 Oil on Canvas 40" X 30" © Patricia Araujo
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The Warfield, 2013 Oil on Canvas 30" X 24" © Patricia Araujo
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Quick Facts
Works in
San Francisco
Schools
Notre Dame de Namur University, 1992, Architecture Studies
College of San Mateo, 1994, B.F.A
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 2005, B.F.A
Tags
facades, architecture, soma, futuristic landscape modern, cityscapes, urban
Statement

ARTIST BIO

Patricia Araujo was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Colombian parents. She grew up in Bogota, Colombia and 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. She is also dedicated to a new series of works inspired by the architectural wonders of GGIE, the last World's Fair of San Francisco Bay! 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.


ARTIST STATEMENT

While living in San Francisco’s SoMa (South of Market), I witnessed the changes taking place in this redeveloping neighborhood, and found myself enchanted by the rich architectural history of that area and the decayed beauty that remains. For over a decade, I’ve painted the facades of both iconic city landmarks and downtown buildings and continue to incorporate them into my new works.

My recent SoMa paintings are inspired by the diverse architectural styles of both old and new - from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco, to factory warehouses and industrial sites, and now in contrast with the new high-rise and commercial buildings that continue to be built and expand for a new city. These works are painted individually and some collectively, capturing panoramic views of buildings in the South of Market and beyond, including notable landmarks like the Federal Building, Transamerica Pyramid, the Marriott Hotel, the InterContinental Hotel, and the tallest residential building in the city - One Rincon Hill.

These paintings highlight the exteriors of complete structures and also depict architectural fragments. Their style is largely abstract. Playfulness of forms, juxtaposed against painterly skies. Painted by bright colors opposing to its usual grey fog and in the hopes to bring an uplift from the blight that has been present.  A marvelous city, that is in constant flux.


SELECTED PRESS & REVIEWS

Welcome to Tomorrowland, Inside Magazine, by Jessica Laskey, Sacramento, CA, July 2015 Issue, Page 56
Radio Interview with Julie Motz of "Arts Desire" @ KWMR FM, March 5th, 2015

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

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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.
 

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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

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“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.