Today we’d like to introduce you to Paloma Dueñas.
Paloma, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and raised in Mexico City and located in Miami since 2001 after graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, with a Bachelors in Music in Voice and Music Therapy. My life in Boston exposed me to many of different cultures and gave birth to a creative process that expanded from music to a 35mm camera and the visual arts starting my path as a multidisciplinary artist.
Here in Miami, I started a career as a music therapist and teaching artist for children with and without developmental disabilities, specializing in the Autism Spectrum and sensory disorders. In 2010, I started my company PalomARTS Inc providing therapy services to children, helping them learn, develop and express through the arts.
Photography by Paloma was created in 2006 with my first solo exhibition in the Design District in Miami. Since then, I have been exhibiting my work, selling and collaborating with many musicians, local artists and promoters in Miami as well as my hometown Mexico City. To this date, it has become a mobile popup shop where I not only sell my original photography but also Mexican inspired handcrafted art and jewelry.
In 2013, I started a Brazilian jazz & soul music project called Brasoul, Inspired by my love for Brazilian songs and composers. So every now and then you can find me performing and collaborating with many local talent and different venues.
The latest addition to my company has been the Ohm Sessions. Through the years working with music and children with Autism I learned and expanded my therapies into a more sensory and energetic type of healing modality. I learned Acutonics: sound vibration therapy with tuning forks and developed a mobile wellness type of service providing sessions to different places making it accessible for everybody to experience this alternative health modality.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I see photos everywhere! I love turning what I am cooking into a great shot and enjoy the creative process of a photoshoot where an image will be used for a purpose. I am very creative with my hands so not only I sell my photos but I upcycle them, turn them into a shadowbox, or take a Frida Kahlo image and collage it into a piece of art you can hang on the wall. I also have made jewelry throughout my life so… I feel like I am always creating.
Frida has very inspiring quotes so I add them to the artwork and these pieces have become very popular and sell quick. My inspiration for creating this kind of art comes from my roots, so Frida, La Loteria Mexicana game, Luchadores and Guadalupe are the inspiration for what you will find at my art store. I also find collaborating very inspiring so you can also find a photo, jewelry and apparel collaborations in my store.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think artists always have to find creative ways to continue to do the work and thrive. I also think the failure or success of an artist is all in their mind and the limits each one creates for themselves. I like to thrive on all my creative sides so I am never discouraged, bored or limited.
However, the fast-paced growth of the city doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with the evolution of the community. I recently visited Paris and took a tour where I learned a lot about local art and artists, and also learned that they take care of their local artists by assigning certain projects, budgets or areas only for the local art.
When the community values the local artist and their art, a neighborhood like Wynwood could have so much more potential and benefit for both the artist and the business in the community than just a successful money making an idea.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have an Etsy store where you can see some pieces online. But most of the things I sell are in my popup shop, which you can find at many different places and events in both Miami Dade and Broward. I always promote on my social media channels details about where the shop will be, so people can find the information easy and come to support local art at these events.
- Website: www.palomarts.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @photographybypaloma
- Facebook: @photographybypaloma
- Twitter: @palomartsinc
- Other: www.brasoul.com
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