We had the good fortune of connecting with Kiara Espinoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kiara, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico the biggest state in Mexico, although it is mostly desert the city is a place were it is always colorful and full of life, with the sweetest people to grow up around. My upbringing was a mixture of Chihuahua and Colorado, there was definitely a culture shock when I moved here at eight years old, as I was trying to integrate to a new culture I didn’t want to forget my heritage. As an artist I try to keep very present my Mexican roots and the culture that raised me into the person that I am today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a Mexican- American artist living in Colorado I have a unique perspective that I think only a few know. In my artworks I try to integrate my art from both cultures and my experiences from them. I am excited to showcase a different narrative of the first generation experience. I picked up a paint brush and I instantly knew I wanted to not only paint professionally but I wanted to my artwork to be displayed in museums, and galleries all over the world. I am deciding everyday to create through my heart and instinct, although it is not easy most days to be an independent artist there isn’t any other path I would choose. Some of the challenges I’ve faced have been integrating to the professional art scene while still staying true to my vision. Some lessons that I’ve learned as an artist is that there is never a finish line, this is a marathon, everyday practice is the minimum. I would like the world to know, I’m next!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my favorite places around the city would of course be Denver Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Botanic Gardens which would take around three days because you really have to take full days to really enjoy these places. For breakfast/brunch the best spots are Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen, Bacon Social House, Snooze an A.M. Eatery The Office (my personal favorite brunch spot). You defiantly have to take a day to walk around downtown and shop around the boutiques, especially enjoy the ambiance. When you are feeling like having an early morning of exercise I would highly recommend a early hike to Red Rocks, a hike to Staunton State Park which is a beautiful waterfall hike or even a nice walk in central park which is just by the Zoo and The Nature and Science Museum. For late-night drinks would be Beer hall, Ocean prime, and Union lodge 1 for quick drinks and for a little bit of dancing on the weekend would be Temple club which also has an art exhibition upstairs that is always open, another club I like is the Purple Martini.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Although I do owe my high school art program a thanks for inspiring me to allow my artistic talents to be explored, my mom and her constant support of my artistry really gave me confidence to keep nurturing my talent and continue to express myself through a canvas.
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Mario Santana Cruz