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Urban Abstracts by Patricia Araujo

The Tenderloin Museum is pleased to present Urban Abstracts, a collection of paintings by the renowned artist Patricia Araujo. For over a decade, Araujo has painted the facades of both iconic city landmarks and downtown buildings. A lauded San Francisco artist whose paintings celebrate San Francisco cityscapes, Araujo exults the beauty of what can appear commonplace. “In my cityscapes, I sense the presence of the silent stage uninterrupted by inhabitants. My work speaks about the possibility of growth and renewal, exploring architectural practice as both imagination and reality. A marvelous city, that is in constant flux.” 

Araujo is captivated by the architecture of cities she's lived in and traveled to, as well as by imaginary places. A San Francisco based artist, she’s been exhibiting in the Bay Area since 1998. Araujo was born in Miami, Fl, the daughter of Colombian parents, and grew up in Bogota, Colombia. Since childhood, she was enchanted by architecture and form. After completing high school in Bogota, Araujo moved to Northern California and studied architecture, painting, and photography. In 2005 she obtained her second B.F.A in Painting, from the San Francisco Art Institute. Araujo has exhibited work at the Arc Gallery, Arttitud, Bayview Opera House, HANG ART, Roll Up Gallery, STUDIO Gallery, the Old Emporium, Pen Club Gallery in Budapest, and has exhibited at the annual SF History Days at the Old Mint and with Treasure Island Museum. In 2008, she published her first book, entitled SOMA SEEN, followed by SOMA Rising in 2012. Her work has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle, ARTslant, 7x7, Huffington Post, Examiner, Beyondchron, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. To view her complete portfolio and resume online please visit: Recently she's been devoted to painting the architectural wonders and forgotten treasures of the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 at Treasure Island - the last World's Fair in San Francisco.

Araujo continues to deepen her conceptual themes of architecture, place, and change in the urban landscape, addressing evolution, decay, and renewal. She has always been particularly fascinated with domes, towers, sacred, and municipal structures. “While living in SOMA, I witnessed the changes taking place in this redeveloping neighborhood, and found myself enchanted by the rich architectural history of that area and the decayed beauty that remains,” said Araujo. On display at the Tenderloin Museum from December 6th 2018 - February 3rd 2019, Araujo presents a collection of paintings featuring architecture from the Tenderloin, SOMA, and Mid-Market. Don’t miss this mesmerizing tribute to the art of architecture in our own backyard.

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Earlier Event: November 27
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Later Event: December 12
Winter Gala and Book Release