Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Cava Palomino.
Alexandra Cava, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was raised in a bilingual household with strong cultural influences of my mother’s artistic Italian-American family, my recently-emigrated Spanish father, and the melting pot that is Queens, New York (baklava, anyone?). The shock of moving to suburban New Jersey made me an observer, constantly searching for hints of culture through mundane details such as hand-painted signs, home cooked meals, foreign languages. This sense of seeking led me to travel photography, and the love of the handmade has rubbed off on my illustration and lettering. Besides freelancing as an artist, I’ve worked as a graffiti coordinator in Lima, Peru, a photo editor for AFAR magazine in San Francisco, and as an ESL teacher in coastal New Jersey. Currently, my husband Raul and I run Mima Market in Miami Shores, Florida, where we promote sustainability by selling food, drink, and home goods made by local artisans.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My artwork depicts the beauty of what is simple, quotidian, and even banal. Travel photography is my way of documenting and encountering a new place, while drawings are a paired-down meditation upon form and character. My hand lettering is crude, bringing a human element to logos, magazine captions, signs, etc. I’d love my work to encourage people to pause where they are, take a look around, and see the art in any damn thing.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
The role of the artist has always been to lift a mirror to society so we may see the world, both its magic and injustices, in a new light. Now that more people around the globe have access to online platforms, the term “artist” has become more inclusive and we are seeing perspectives that have long been obstructed. Paired with what feels like a collaborative movement, it’s an exciting time for the democratization of the art world. In Miami, I am constantly meeting people who have found ways to turn their passion, be it spoon carving or kombucha making, into a lifestyle that’s conscious, sustainable, and inspired.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am now accepting editorial illustration and logo design commissions, as well as some select photography projects. You can see the work at www.alexpalomino.com, and follow @alessandrasalamandra and @palographic. My art is all over Mima Market as well– stay tuned on @mimamarketmiami, as I’m soon launching a line of home goods inspired by Spain’s sobremesa tradition.
- Address: 9725 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33138 (Mima Market)
- Website: www.alexpalomino.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @alessandrasalamandra; @palographic; @mimamarketmiami