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Tina Ybarra



Tina Ybarra


Tina Ybarra

"Raising Water"

oil on canvas , 30" x 40"

Sale Price $2000

 Artist Statement

Although I think of my art as extremely personal, I believe the themes are somewhat universal. The subject matter will likely include inequalities pertaining to gender, race, or social status.

I think art should change the world, and the value of such an endeavor goes without question. Yet, the energy and liberation associated with creating spontaneous imagery is just as noble an undertaking.

I am often inspired by things I see on TV. I am delighted with the mere notion that reality TV serves as impetus for art. However, more often than not, my own reality becomes the subject of my work―expelling my darkest fears, revealing pent up frustrations, or releasing my deepest hopes.

 

 Artist Biography

Tina Ybarra lives a mixed media life. Born in the urban city of Lynwood, California, Ybarra attended Cal State Univ., Long Beach off and on (mostly off) for several years, eventually earning a degree in General Art. Although Ybarra possesses an unfailing passion for drawing and painting, she is not immune to the lure of sculpture or ceramics.

Currently residing in South Gate, CA, Ybarra is a veteran elementary school teacher, a reluctantly-retired softball junkie, a former high school coach (softball, basketball, and volleyball), and—until recently—an undercover artist.

Raised on Motown and Santana, Ybarra is just as likely to glean inspiration from Hip Hop, all genres of Rock, or Mozart. She is mesmerized by TV, fascinated by movies, fanatical about books, and enchanted with theatre.

Ybarra believes that art should change the world, and the value of such an endeavor goes without question. Yet, Ybarra also acknowledges that the energy and liberation associated with creating spontaneous imagery and/or deliberate and calculated nonrepresentational art is just as noble an undertaking.

For the most part, Ybarra’s work deals with issues that are personally relevant such as the hypocrisy of religions, the brutal realities of inner-city education, the relentless despair of poverty, and the inequalities of gender and race.

In Ybarra’s current work there is a tendency towards mixed media and an attempt to bring dimension by cutting into and/or attaching objects to the canvas.

Still, on occasion, Ybarra will return to basics; to something straightforward and traditional; to something as comfortable and familiar as the velveteen texture of charcoal on paper.