Using a variety of media to emphasize a range of subjects- chief amongst them the portrait and its surroundings- Catalina has chosen to pick up upon many great characters that she encounters in life.
Alpha Kevin (Acrylic on Canvas), 2008.
Her work is vibrant and reflects the dynamicism of the subjects which she chooses to document. Treadng a middle ground between realism and abstraction, Catalina consistently offers the viewer a different view of the individual.
La Ducha (Oil on Masonite), 2005.
Mama (Acrylic on Canvas), 2007.
The strength of feelings Catalina experiences for her subjects is shown through the passionate colour usage and boldness of the colours, style and composition. Through these methods Catalina seeks 'not only to reveal who someone is in their environment, but also to examine in depth who they are underneath their skin.'
In addition to this, Catalina produces a variety of sketches of some of the figures she encounters on a daily basis, which have recently been turned into a range of striking prints.
Baseball players from around her locality provide a majestic subject.
Whilst Viejo is a relatively unknown artist her work speaks volumes and provides great pleasure for those fortunate enough to encounter it. She has recently been able to collaborate with fellow artist Joshua Durant on a range of works which comprise of mixed media on museum board:
Transcendence, (Mixed Media on Museum Board), 2011.
These will be shown under the title of Blooming Dialogue in Boston from 5th-30th October of this year.
Links to her website and etsy site can be found here:http://www.catalinaviejo.com/ and here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/catalinaviejo
I look forward to tracking the rise of her career and the expansion of her exhibiting as time goes by- and would love to own one of her originals one day!
Blooming Dialogue will be shown from 5 - 30 October 2011. Opening Reception; Saturday, October 8th from 5-9pm. Gallery at the Piano Factory, 791 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02118.