Today we’d like to introduce you to Cami Galofre.
Cami, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always been artistically inclined and creative in all aspects of my life. I was born in Colombia and grew up in Ecuador where I finished high-school. After my graduation, I came to the US for college and earned a BA in Studio Art from Colorado College. It was there where I fell in love with the American West and where I realized that art was something that I wanted to pursue as a career. I have never looked back! I traveled and worked at different art organizations for a bit until deciding that I wanted to continue my education at Arizona State University’s MFA program, which became one of my most formative experiences as an artist. The desert was the perfect place for me to explore my practice, and the experience was what I needed to propel my career. In grad school, I was able share my knowledge through teaching, push the boundaries of my work, and travel to the Portuguese Azores for an art residency that inspired my current visual concepts. I finished my MFA in May 2018 and I now live in Denver pursuing my goals as an artist and educator, while teaching at the Community College of Denver, the Denver Art Museum, and el Museo de las Americas.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I would be lying if I said I didn’t go through some challenges.
Picking a career as an artist was not the easiest decision. Not only is it a financially stigmatized career, it is a career that doesn’t seem to provide a lot of job options or for young people. I knew I always wanted to create and make a difference, but it was really hard to find a starting point or what my future would actually look like. Yet, I was lucky enough to have the support of my family, and the necessary motivation from friends, mentors and industry professionals along the way. Being an artist looks very different for everyone and there is not one single way of doing it. I am thankful to have found teaching as the perfect balance to my studio practice.
As a Latina woman, living and working in the US has also had its pressures, most of which had made me who I am today. The reality is that this country has provided a lot of opportunities for me and I am excited to be part of the conversations surrounding diversity, immigration, and feminism within the arts.
Please tell us about Cami Galofre.
I am a Visual Artist and work primarily with paint. I am mostly known for my abstract landscapes and vibrant color fields that take inspiration from my environments, literature, and ritual. As a woman and artist rooted in my Latin American heritage, I explore Magical Realism, the transformational landscape, and how we interact with the natural world and art alike. Even though I mostly work with oil paint, I have recently been experimenting with various mediums including video animation, installation, mural, and non-invasive land art.
I think that what I most proud of is the way my practice inspires emotional responses. My work is typically abstract, reactionary and effective to allow connections with nature and each other. In a politically charged and complex environment, I want to provide contemplative and magical experiences.
How do you, personally, define success? What’s your criteria, the markers you’re looking out for, etc.?
I think success can be defined in many ways. For me, it is finding the sweet spot between work, life, and play. This may sounds cliché, but to me, success is being in a position where you do what you love and love what you do. As Confucius says, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I also believe in smaller day-to-day successes that can build up to be so much more. I might not be about getting there fast, but getting there with hard work, love, and patience. I might not know the secret to success, or happiness for that matter, but I do try to live my everyday with motivation and optimism.
- Website: www.camigalofre.com
- Instagram: @camiglfr
Photography Credit: Andy Mertz, Ryan Parra, Pankaj Brijlani; Mural Collaboration Credit: Jessica Palomo