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Art & Life with Kate Zambrano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Zambrano.

Kate, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am an artist living in California. I was born in Texas but left when I was seventeen to be a nomad.

At eighteen, I enrolled in college to study psychology. After two years, I realized that I was more in love with the subject than pursuing an actual career in the field. I moved to New York City and started modeling to make extra money.

In 2011, I was introduced to the world of fine art. I retired from the fashion industry and spent the subsequent two years teaching myself how to draw. It was a seemingly long and arduous journey to garner techniques through trial and error, but every now and then a small epiphany would occur. Each step was a building block for the next. And so it has gone ever since. I am constantly learning and trying to better both myself and my work.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work is a sort of melancholic realism. I try to capture the strength of vulnerability in each subject.
I enjoy working in charcoal for the depth of mood. When I work in oils, I like to exaggerate the colors – whether it be a more monochromatic piece or hyper-color. The blatant narratives may vary, but the underlying theme is always present.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I think that being an artist is almost a choice to be solitary. We build these worlds in our heads and work hard to convey our own thoughts and ideas into something tangible for other people to look at and judge. It takes a lot of brain power. It’s a prison of the mind – to have the incessant urge to create. I don’t think that the loneliness is always a negative if you can turn it into work. I am not wildly social as it is, so this is perfect for me. There are gallery openings/conventions/events that are going on at all times, though, in case I need to reach my people-seeing-quota for the month.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am currently making tons of work. I try to keep my website pretty well updated. I am also on Instagram.

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Image Credit:
All images are my own.

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