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Daily Inspiration: Meet Alicia Savio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Savio.

Hi Alicia, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m a contemporary Latin-American artist born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who grew up studying classical ballet. I won my first art award at the age of seven years old, entering a contest for the Continental Drawing School via correspondence. Then I showed up at the Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens to participate in an outdoor Plein Air competition at the age of 14- and forgot my brushes! In a panic, I improvised and painted with my fingers, taking the First Place Award. My next recognition came from the Eduardo Sivori Museum for a colorful depiction of a dancer in oil pastels. My first solo show was in honor of the dance company from the Colon Theater killed in a tragic airplane accident. I’ve always specialized in depicting forms in movement through vibrant colors.

Then I came further north to California and fell in love with the scenery and the warm climate, from the streets of San Francisco to the theme parks in Los Angeles. I started exhibiting my art at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. I inaugurated the new Consulate in Los Angeles with my painting exhibit, receiving special recognition from the Mayor of Los Angeles. Warner Brothers Films selected my paintings for the movie “Grumpier Old Men,” starring Ann Margret and Darryl Hannah. Film director Howard Deutch bought one of my paintings for his art collection. I also created the poster for the Los Angeles Tango Festival at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Recreation for the “Tango Magic!” poster for the Hollywood Bowl, where the L.A. Philarmonic’s conductor bought one of my paintings for his art collection, too.

I’ve had many art gallery showings throughout the Southland, such as Spring Street Gallery, FAD Gallery, Fine Art Gallery, the Long Beach Museum of Arts, the Jonathan Club, Gordon Gallery, Studio Gallery, Argentine American Cultural Foundation, Music Cinema Art, Master Gallery and Self-Help Graphics. My art has traveled to New York City’s Art EXPO and the Lt. Governor’s Ball in Toronto, Canada and was exhibited in “Made in California: 1900- 2000” and “Wet Paint” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and through LACMA’s Art Sales and Rental Gallery. I’ve also been featured in publications such as American Artist and the California Art Review. I was also commissioned to paint a colorful mural of dancers leaping through the air for the California State University at Los Angeles and created set designs for the JBHS Instrumental Music Association’s “Carmina Burana”, recognized with a civic award from the Mayor of the City of Burbank for representing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

In Pasadena, I exhibited my paintings at the prestigious Pasadena House of Design event organized by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID.) My dance sculptures were featured at the Annual Art Exhibit at Boston Court Performing Arts Center. I’ve also exhibited at the Pasadena Society of Artists (PSA) at Towns-Burr Gallery (Burbank, CA) and received an award from PSA for my exhibition of paintings at the Pasadena Playhouse. I’ve also participated in the Alta/Pasadena Open Studios with other local artists in the area for the past five years.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As a Latinx artist, immigrating to the U.S. was a challenge learning a new language to communicate. When I first arrived in L.A., I learned English in a practical way by taking art and dance classes at Glendale Community College.

It’s a pleasure now to be asked to participate in exhibits without having to take your portfolio around town to show your work. I was fortunate to be asked to participate in Fusion Art Gallery exhibits in Palm Springs and Z Gallery in Palm Desert to show my sculptures. The Ontario Art Museum also featured some of my most recent sculpture work.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am known for being a fine arts painter and sculptor. My specialty is painting with oils and acrylics on canvas. I’m becoming well known for my sculptures, which are either made in clay and finished in bronze for the more classical traditional ones, or my most recent ones, which are based on a wire frame, coated in clay with wire mesh and cloth elements- they’re very dramatic.

What I’m most proud of is my son, Fabian Lacey, who is a Concept Designer in the film industry. He grew up watching me paint and sculpt in my art studio and was inspired to pursue his career through the Art Center College of Design and now works for all the major film studios in Hollywood.

What sets me apart from others is that I express myself through movement, which is what I did as a professional dancer. I paint and sculpt the human figure with feeling and love for my subject… I create art with my soul!

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
As an emerging artist, for a long time, my measure of success was being able to buy materials to continue developing my art. Success is being able to do what inspires you. Most of my most admired artworks were inspired by some event happening in my personal life. I have been most fortunate since most of my artwork is self-generated and not made for hire. This provides an artist with the most freedom, although it also gives you all the responsibility for the finished product. You have to like what you do since it’s nobody’s fault but your own if you’re not satisfied with it.

Currently, I’m represented by Saatchi Art Gallery and have sold pieces throughout the country to collectors in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York.

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