Today we’d like to introduce you to Margaret Alexis Chiaro.
Margaret Alexis, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in York, Pennsylvania. I was raised in a loving family, who provided many opportunities to explore creative outlets. I experimented with drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, and anything else I could get my hands on. Through many ups and downs in my youth, the art world was always my sanctuary.
Once I decided to attend school in pursuit of an art degree, I found that painting was the most natural and fulfilling medium for my work. I attended the University of Arizona and graduated cum laude with my BFA. I then went on to the New York Academy of Art for my MFA. Training in historical painting technique and artistic anatomy honed my skills and I then went on to pursue working in a variety of art-related positions to gain experience in as many different career paths as possible. After working in NYC for a few years, I realized I greatly missed my love of the outdoors and took a leap to move to California. I landed in Oceanside and started working as a gallery manager. After four years with the gallery, I decided it was time to go freelance and pursue my personal dreams. I have been working as an artist, art instructor, and yoga teacher ever since.
I have exhibited in solo and group shows across the country and look forward to each new opportunity to share my work with the world.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I use figurative painting to invite the viewer to enter a magical world or moment. Spending up to 600 hours on a single piece, painting everything by hand, and creating detail requiring a three-hair paintbrush, I obsessively render my subjects, caught in moments when they are open and expressive.
My goal is to best portray the subject’s individuality while engulfing the viewer in an emotionally charged specific moment. I love duality and opposition, balance over symmetry, and the idea of shared energy between people and our natural surroundings. I strive to create technically beautiful and thought-provoking oil paintings while continuing to experiment and evolve as an artist in my pursuit of creating paintings to illicit an emotional response from each viewer.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
The role of the artist is an important one. In a time where everything is designed, mass-produced, digitized and commercialized, my efforts are to create one-of-a-kind, original, visceral, emotional, and hand-crafted art.
My goal is a simple one….to give the world beauty and love, and, in my humble way, change the world for the better. We are all deeply connected and yet individuals, both needing to be celebrated.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I just finished a variety of exhibitions, including 50 to Watch, which was an exhibition and publication about acclaimed emerging artists. I am currently working on a two new series, as well as a number of commissions.
At the moment, my work can be viewed at www.margaretchiaro.com. I also have been revealing parts of my newest series on my Instagram page, @macart83. All upcoming exhibitions and events will be announced.
There are a variety of paintings still available from different series and they are for sale. I also create limited edition, hand-embellished giclee prints. Please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or social media (@macart83) for any interest in purchases and/or exhibitions.
- Website: www.margaretchiaro.com
- Phone: 717-578-1158
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/macart83/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/machiaroart
- Twitter: twitter.com/machiaroart
Margaret Alexis Chiaro