Violeta Moreno is a Santa Monica native artist who is noted for her bold use of harmonic color. Her mother was her first drawing teacher. She began to paint at the age of 16, and sold her first oil painting for $100 when she was 18. Moreno’s work involves impressionistic self-portraits, flowers, geometrical mindscapes and figurative subjects, centered on vivid hues and vibrant strokes. Currently, she is orchestrating themes involved with music, light and color.
While living in North Carolina, Moreno served as Art Curator and Exhibiting Artist for the Microcosm Gallery at Cosmos Café, exhibited work at Spirit Square, the Art Institute of Charlotte and the McColl Center for Visual Art. She frequently displayed her paintings in the art spaces of NoDa, Charlotte’s North Davidson Arts District, and exhibit work at the Ward-Nasse Gallery in the Soho district of New York City in 2004.
Moreno decided to return to California in 2006. In 2008, she exhibited her first west-coast solo show, “Hearing Color”, at the Coffee Gallery, with a theme that synchronized art and music. Moreno donated her artwork to the Plaza de La Raza’s 2008 Art Auction in Los Angeles, and displayed her paintings at Kolor Boutique in Chinatown in 2009. She donated portions of her art to California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) each year from 2009-2012. More recently, she has displayed at ChimMaya Gallery and Eastside Luv Bar in Los Angeles and at her debut solo show at Space 201 in Beverly Hills.
Moreno’s most recent work, "Moreno Horses", was inspired by a photograph which her Uncle Henry Moreno, Santa Anita's thoroughbred trainer, revealed to her during a visit. It portrays her Grandfather and Great Grandfather on the early Moreno horses on the ranch near Prado Dam, California.
Allowing my intuition to be the guide, I listen to how I feel toward a color and the paint. I see the paint as having a life of its own. I do not like to plan too much, as it can censor spontaneous creativity. When completely involved in the creation of a work, I almost become one with the paint. There comes a point in the process when I cease to think and try to paint, and I am only being, losing myself in the effortless action of painting. I am only an instrument, fine tuning my ear to do more than just listen to what I hear. Painting is a way of quieting my thoughts and opening my heart to let the voice within speak.
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