Kimberly Patino https://www.kpatino.com Photographer and Visual Artist Sun, 08 Dec 2019 01:03:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://i2.wp.com/www.kpatino.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-tiny-logo.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Kimberly Patino https://www.kpatino.com 32 32 32335536 How My Hiatus Changed My Artwork https://www.kpatino.com/how-my-hiatus-changed-my-artwork/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:50:00 +0000 http://www.kpatino.com/?p=8015 It’s been six months since I made art. That’s usually death for an artist but I needed that time away. Here’s why: A few years ago, I made a promise to myself. When I first entered the art world I would walk around a few gallery shows in New York City. I remember looking at […]

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It’s been six months since I made art.

That’s usually death for an artist but I needed that time away. Here’s why:

A few years ago, I made a promise to myself. When I first entered the art world I would walk around a few gallery shows in New York City. I remember looking at the artists who had solo exhibitions, books, and prints being sold everywhere. It was in that moment I told myself “I’m going to have my own solo show.”

Pretty ambitious for someone who just started making art as I had no idea how it would happen. I didn’t have an agent, was rejected by multiple art schools, and at the time I didn’t find my niche. But it didn’t matter. I made that deal with the Universe and said “I’m going to have my own solo show. A solo exhibition with nothing but my work on the walls.”

A few years later, I achieved that promise. I had two solo shows, created an art book of California, successfully sold my artwork in person and online, and had the opportunity to speak with the awesome artists like James Franco, Ilana Panich-Linsman, and the amazing team over at Marie Forleo Inc. I remember at the time thinking to myself “Wow I finally made it. I actually did it!”

Then it happened.

After the features and feedback subsided, after the shows were complete and the prints were sold, I found myself thinking: “Now what?” Then came the follow-up questions:

“So when’s your next show? What are you working on now? How are you going to top your last series?”

I didn’t have an answer. My mind was blank because I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do next. The thought of trying to top my last body of work crippled me. There was no way that I could create something that would top my last show I told myself.

I walked in the studio and kept making work over and over but nothing felt right. The groove was gone and I sat down to figure out why was I in such a funk. Why couldn’t I create anything that I liked?

That’s when I realized I was creating my art for all the wrong reasons.

In the beginning, we create things or do things for a single focus: fame. I was creating work for external gratitude and recognition. I wanted that spotlight on me and I realized how what an ass I felt. I was afraid of failing; of not making great work. I was afraid of trying to make work because my mind already set it to disaster.

And so I told myself that if I was going to create work just for outside validation, then I need to stop and fix this internal battle. So I stopped and I ended up on a spiritual enlightened journey.

Instead I started writing wellness articles to keep my mind busy. I put the camera down and focused on getting my mind, body, and spirit on the same page. And it wasn’t until this month that I finally made the decision to come out of my shell and get back to work.

Now I create for me.

If no one likes it, or even sees my work, I can say that I’m okay with that. If my work ends up in lost pages of time, buried in my studio space, or my fans only consist of close loved ones – then I’m happy. Regardless of the fame or notoriety, this is my calling.

I’m an artist.

It’s good to be back and I hope you like all the new stuff I’ll be making. Also if you love podcasts, then you’ll love the one I just created called Deep Magic which is where I talk about mental health, wellness, and creativity for artistic millennials.

I hope to see you there!

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Sweet sixteens are very momentous in hispanic families.

This is the time when young girls become women and often times, and enormous celebration takes place. These customs are very popular in South and Central America. However, with immigrants arriving in North America, many families continue to celebrate this honored tradition, especially in New York City. This is the story of Mia, who was getting ready for her Sweet Sixteen in the most elaborate and beautiful way.

All different shades of pink surround her large bedroom as she stares into her vanity mirror. The makeup artist contours her face as Mia’s mother serves her a fresh bottle of water. Mia is wrapped in a pink robe and is answering her phone non-stop from her many friends. As she preps for her birthday celebration, all I could think about was how much I felt like I was in the presence of an actual princess.

For more images, click here for the MIA series.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Til next time,

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Top 3 Tips On Creating Honest Work from Daria Morgendorffer https://www.kpatino.com/top-3-life-lessons-from-daria-morgendorffer/ https://www.kpatino.com/top-3-life-lessons-from-daria-morgendorffer/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:21:02 +0000 http://kpatino.com/?p=7592 As a kid growing up in Jamaica Queens, I was immediately dubbed an outsider. No matter how hard I tried to assimilate with the kids at school, I never got around to actually fitting in. I was constantly bullied for being different and would always bury myself in art and books. Hence why I became […]

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As a kid growing up in Jamaica Queens, I was immediately dubbed an outsider.

No matter how hard I tried to assimilate with the kids at school, I never got around to actually fitting in. I was constantly bullied for being different and would always bury myself in art and books. Hence why I became an artist.

But growing up as an outsider is one of the most lonesome experiences one could ever have. If you couldn’t be yourself in school or at home, then where do you belong? And in a moment of self-exploration, that’s when I found Daria Morgendorffer.

Daria Morgendorffer is the fictional character of the animated MTV series Daria, which debuted on March 3, 1997. The main focus of the show was about a young, intelligent, sarcastic teenage girl and her high school experience.

Daria was smart and unapologetically blunt. She wore thick glasses, black boots, read Edgar Allan Poe, and loved pizza. But most importantly, she was an outsider who saw the world for what it was. She was my hero.

So when I recently learned that MTV is going to reboot the series, I was over the moon excited! Although the show only had five seasons, it developed a cult following of fans who saw the world the same way as Daria did: filled with people who were afraid to be different.

Therefore in honor of my hero, here are a few lessons/tips from Daria that will help you stay true to YOU and your work:

    • Don’t Bend To Society: 

Daria is constantly harassed by her family and school staff to smile more, engage more with her peers, and be more pleasant. Instead, she replies back with a cynical remark and stands her ground. Daria refuses to conform and has an understanding of what it means to stand your ground.

As an artist, we beat our own drum and create a world in which WE feel comfortable. In a world filled with people desperate for acceptance, it’s always best to be true to who are then tend to the masses. In short: just be you!

    • Stand up for what YOU believe in: 

In a Season 1 episode, Daria and best friend Jane Lane create a painting about “Student Life At The Dawn Of The Millennium”. The art piece includes a statement about young women turning to anorexia for the sake of staying thin and becoming popular. The school staff takes the painting and enters it to a local art contest…but remove the statement and replaces it with something that was “more positive” without Daria or Jane’s consent.

Unable to remove the painting (and their names) from the contest, Daria and Jane decided to deface the painting instead. We all have something we believe in especially when it comes to our artwork. Never stray from your message and don’t be afraid to make sure your voice is heard – even if that means defacing your own work!

    • Speak your truth: 

Daria never shy’s away from telling the truth. The show demonstrated episodes from corporations trying to make money from the youth culture to segregation in suburban schools. Although her fellow peers see these incidences, Daria is the only one who speaks up and surprisingly…they listen.

She is unafraid to be daring and reveal the underlying truth about the world around her which is the mission of every artist. It is our responsibility to break down barriers and bring people closer together through our work. It can be hard to reveal the truth around us when everyone is accustomed to putting their head down and follow the crowd.

But never forget that your work has value, your work matters, and it is important to speak your truth.

I cannot wait to see what the reboot looks like I hope that it will be as incredible as when it first hit the television scene. Thanks for all the amazing wisdom Daria! Also if you are interested in seeing this awesome show, you can now watch it on Hulu.

Now it’s your turn: Are you a Daria fan? Do these lessons resonate with you and your work? How can you use these lessons and apply it to your every day life? Leave a comment below and let me know. Also if you like this post, don’t be shy! Share it with your friends and spread the word!

Til next time,

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Solo Exhibition at One River School of Art & Design https://www.kpatino.com/solo-exhibition-at-one-river-school-of-art-design/ https://www.kpatino.com/solo-exhibition-at-one-river-school-of-art-design/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:16:07 +0000 http://kpatino.com/?p=7414 One River School of Art & Design is showcasing the Divine Intervention series in the first of the “Community Conversation” exhibitions. One River School of Art & Design2081 Boston Post Road Larchmont, NY 10538 Exhibition is on view through July 9th, 2018 Looking forward to seeing you there!

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One River School of Art & Design is showcasing the Divine Intervention series in the first of the “Community Conversation” exhibitions.

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One River School of Art & Design
2081 Boston Post Road Larchmont, NY 10538

Exhibition is on view through July 9th, 2018

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Spotlight: Turning Pain and Loss into Strength with Lucy Torres https://www.kpatino.com/spotlight-turning-pain-into-strength-lucy-torres/ https://www.kpatino.com/spotlight-turning-pain-into-strength-lucy-torres/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 21:40:18 +0000 http://kpatino.com/?p=7366 Have you ever had a moment in your life where you’ve hit rock bottom? It’s such a crippling feeling to see your life in shambles. Personally, I’ve had rock-bottom moments in my life where I knew I had to make a choice: a choice to either stay in that situation or do something about it. […]

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Have you ever had a moment in your life where you’ve hit rock bottom?

It’s such a crippling feeling to see your life in shambles. Personally, I’ve had rock-bottom moments in my life where I knew I had to make a choice: a choice to either stay in that situation or do something about it. That choice is the most important choice of your life because that’s when you see what you’re really made of.

But what happens when it’s something that’s out of your control? What do you do when your physical body breaks down or turns against you? How do you live with a smile on your face while your body is failing?

I couldn’t find a better person to answer this question and who leads by example than writer Lucy Torres.

Lucy Torres is a writer, poet, feminist and women’s right activist. She is the author of The Taste of Broken which is currently available on Amazon, Google Books, and Barnes and Noble. She’s written for online publications such as Bloody Good Period, Wendy Agulo Productions and she’s been featured at the Inspired Word Series, the Queens Literary Festival, the International Women’s Artist Salon, and the Local Project.

Lucy’s work focuses on her personal battles from being diagnosed with endometriosis to body dysmorphia. She talks openly about these experiences and how topics like women’s health are not being addressed in the public eye. In a recently article, Lucy shares her story of when she suffered from postpartum depression after her miscarriage…an experience up to 50 percent of women go through after early pregnancy loss but their stories are unknown.

lucy torres in new york cityHer writing is beautiful, haunting and painful. After reading her work, I remember thinking how incredibly brave it was for Lucy to reveal something so painful and personal. I asked her out of everything she’s been through how did she find the strength to move on and work through the pain:

“It took a long time for me to realize that I have the ability to create and communicate my message with words. And once that clicked, I knew that it was my responsibility to tell my story and let other women know that they are not alone. Topics like miscarriage and endometriosis have been viewed as taboo or something that women should not talk about – and that’s the problem.”

To Lucy Torres, I salute you for your bravery, your tenacity and your insatiable desire to talk openly about women’s rights. To find out more information, you can visit her Facebook page or her website at lucytorres.co

If you suffer from endometriosis or any related symptoms, find out more about the condition and get support from Endometriosis UK or the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

If you have a story to tell or you’re interested in being featured in the Spotlight series, email me at info@kpatino.com.

Til next time loves,

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Spotlight: Shaping Powerful Women Through Roller Derby! https://www.kpatino.com/spotlight-shaping-powerful-women-through-roller-derby/ https://www.kpatino.com/spotlight-shaping-powerful-women-through-roller-derby/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:13:17 +0000 http://kpatino.com/?p=7284 For about three years, I’ve had the pleasure of being a roller derby athlete. Every time I tell people that I play roller derby, a bunch of questions come my way: Really, roller derby? Does that mean you punch women in the face? Does it hurt? Aren’t you afraid you will get hurt? Are you […]

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For about three years, I’ve had the pleasure of being a roller derby athlete.

Every time I tell people that I play roller derby, a bunch of questions come my way: Really, roller derby? Does that mean you punch women in the face? Does it hurt? Aren’t you afraid you will get hurt? Are you crazy? Do you know how dangerous that is?

I started roller derby at a very difficult time in my life.

I just got out of a bad relationship, I didn’t really have a lot of friends and my fitness level was non-existent. Safe to say that I was very depressed and lonely. One day my sister told me that she was going to try a beginner roller derby class and asked for me to come with her.

At first, I thought she was insane but being the awesome sister I am, I went to the beginner class and loved every second! Once I moved, I found a local league and started my journey into becoming a derby athlete.

I say athlete because these women really ARE athletes: practicing three days out of the week, attending local community events and traveling to play away games or as they call them “bouts”. These women are teachers, nurses, full-time mothers, office administrators, college students, and more.

I truly believe this sport saved me and helped me get my life back!

Roller Derby is a community or a “sisterhood” of acceptance and self love. It’s a place where you leave all the stresses of your every day life and focus on one thing: skating. Not only do you get the best workout of your life but you meet the most amazing and authentic people. It’s allowed me to embrace my body and admire how awesome it is at what it can do.

I’ve had the honor of taking these amazing portraits of these awesome and powerful women!

To see the photos and to check out these ladies in action, check out their website or you can follow them on Instagram.

If you have a story to tell or you’re interested in being featured in the Spotlight series, email me at info@kpatino.com.

Til next time,

 

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Spotlight: Reflecting on the Past with Nelson Patino Jr. https://www.kpatino.com/reflecting-on-the-past-with-nelson-patino-jr/ https://www.kpatino.com/reflecting-on-the-past-with-nelson-patino-jr/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:17:58 +0000 http://kpatino.com/?p=6927 When we talk about the past, it can be a touchy topic. Some people usually say the past is the past and it’s best to leave it there. Especially if you are someone who only likes to look ahead. But in my opinion, the past can be a helpful thing. Your past is a blueprint of where […]

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When we talk about the past, it can be a touchy topic.

Some people usually say the past is the past and it’s best to leave it there. Especially if you are someone who only likes to look ahead. But in my opinion, the past can be a helpful thing. Your past is a blueprint of where you came from and how you arrived at this point in time. Regardless of whether your past is filled with good or bad memories, they are all necessary for your personal growth.

Memories of your past can have the best impact on your life.

But how? There is no better person to talk to then with actor and choreographer Nelson Patino Jr. to discuss his past and what memories helped shape the man he’s become today. And instead of the regular Q&A for this Spotlight, we decided to take it to the studio and have a more in-depth conversation about how his past and his memories helped shape the man he is today.

Click on the video below to see the full interview:

So what memories do you have that helped shape the person you’ve become? Would you relive them? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

If you have a story to tell or you’re interested in being featured in the Spotlight series, email me at info@kpatino.com.

Til next time,

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Talking Business with Marie Forleo and the B-School Team! https://www.kpatino.com/talking-business-with-marie-forleo-and-the-b-school-team/ https://www.kpatino.com/talking-business-with-marie-forleo-and-the-b-school-team/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:41:14 +0000 http://kpatino.com/?p=7604 I wanted to be an artist since I was a kid. I remember the day when I was sitting at the dinner table and telling my parents what I wanted to be when I grew up. But the moment I told them that I wanted to be an artist, it wasn’t the response that I […]

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I wanted to be an artist since I was a kid.

I remember the day when I was sitting at the dinner table and telling my parents what I wanted to be when I grew up. But the moment I told them that I wanted to be an artist, it wasn’t the response that I was hoping for. My parents believed that art was a hobby and that there was no future in being an artist: “You cannot make a career as an artist. You need to think of something else.”

I was crushed…but I didn’t give up!

I knew that there had to be a way where I can live my dream of being an artist and I wasn’t going to stop until I found it. After years of trial and error, rejections letters from galleries and spending money on products that never worked, I finally found someone who knew what I was going through.

I found Marie Forleo.

If you don’t know who she is, Marie Forleo is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and the creator of an online business program called B-School. Four years ago, I took a leap of faith and applied for B-School without knowing if it would work. I now currently live in a beautiful neighborhood, traveled to so many amazing places, created some awesome artwork and actually made money doing what I love along the way!

So I couldn’t believe that I was given the opportunity to speak with the B-School family and talk about my journey! (click the image below):

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I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for B-School. 

Do you have a dream that you’ve always wanted to accomplish? Is there something that you wanted to do or be but don’t know where to begin? If you have a dream or you think you want to take a leap of faith, just like I did, you definitely should check this program out!

You deserve to live your dream!

You know me and I don’t really advertise anything unless it’s something that I truly believe in and that works – and this works!

Go check it out and let me know what you think!

Till next time love,

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Spotlight: Breaking Barriers In The Theater World with Melissa Farinelli https://www.kpatino.com/breaking-barriers-melissa-farinelli/ https://www.kpatino.com/breaking-barriers-melissa-farinelli/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:03:38 +0000 http://kpatino.com/?p=6868 When I first saw Wonder Woman I was over the moon with excitement. Wonder Woman has been such an icon figure in the superhero world and the way the film was created: from the set, monologues, costumes, story line, everything was fantastic. It wasn’t until after the movie was done that I saw the director […]

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When I first saw Wonder Woman I was over the moon with excitement.

Wonder Woman has been such an icon figure in the superhero world and the way the film was created: from the set, monologues, costumes, story line, everything was fantastic. It wasn’t until after the movie was done that I saw the director was Patty Jenkins.

“A female director making a superhero movie!? Heck yes!” I said out loud.

In the land of Hollywood, female directors use to be taboo. With the exception of Barbara Streisand, many of the films produced in Hollywood were by male directors. Jump to a few years later, crowds began to see films by Sofia Coppola (director of The Beguiled and Marie Antoinette), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Katheryn Bigalow (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty).

So it was somewhat by coincidence that I had the privilege of photographing a female director.

Melissa Farinelli is a producer and theater director in New York City. During our photo session, she was hilarious and bold. And although women are taking on directing and producer roles, Melissa was quick to state that she still sees and experiences the struggle to gain acceptance:

I remember when one of my productions was finished a critic came backstage and shook my assistant’s hand saying ‘That was so great you did an amazing job. Congratulations!’ to which he replied: ‘I’m not the director. She is.’

Melissa was such a positive force when we were in the local park and stated that “it’s great that there are female directors finally breaking through Hollywood…but we still have a long way to go.” (Click on gallery below):

I for one am looking forward to see what amazing projects she has in store for the future.

Now it’s your turn!

Have you ever experienced a struggle to gain acceptance in your line of work? How have you overcame adversity in your day to day life? Please let me know in the comments below.

If you have a story to tell or you’re interested in being featured in the Spotlight series, email me at info@kpatino.com.

Til next time,

 

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“Divine Intervention” Exhibition This December! https://www.kpatino.com/solo-exhibition-december/ https://www.kpatino.com/solo-exhibition-december/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:36:17 +0000 http://kpatino.com/?p=6835 A few years ago I was in the desert somewhere in Arizona and decided to take a photograph of myself in a red dress. I didn’t know where I was going with it but I needed to try something new and something that was outside of my comfort zone. Once I was back in the […]

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A few years ago I was in the desert somewhere in Arizona and decided to take a photograph of myself in a red dress.

I didn’t know where I was going with it but I needed to try something new and something that was outside of my comfort zone. Once I was back in the studio, I looked at the image and saw that I could actually make something out of this. Which then led to another image and then another and that was how Divine Intervention was born. Now my dream has come true:

The Divine Intervention will have it’s very first solo exhibition!

Come on by for the Opening Reception on December 9th from 2:00PM – 4:00PM! There is free admission, some yummy treats and more!

The first 15 people will receive a FREE print from the series.

For more information, please read below:

 

Hope to see you there!

Love,

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