Meet The Artist
Adriana Ameigh is a Puerto Rican abstract painter, sculptor, and muralist based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She creates dynamic artwork that balances movement, tactile textures, and uplifting colors. Her work invites the viewer to take a closer look to discover the optimistic stories embedded within.
With a multicultural background, and a fascination for Caribbean and Southeast flora and fauna (above and beneath the water’s surface), her work incorporates textures and shapes that evoke feelings of joy, playfulness, and tranquility.
Adriana’s artistic practice includes abstract paintings, large scale commissions, porcelain and stoneware sculptures, site-specific art installations and murals for corporate and public spaces.
In addition to creating art, she aims to inspire and empower other creatives by sharing her art and business knowledge through in-person workshops, community projects, mentoring sessions, YouTube episodes, and the Level Up Artists podcast and community that she co-founded.
The artwork I create stems from my passion for exchanging stories and connecting with others through art. Each painting and sculpture begins with a process that embraces playful experimentation, allowing for intuitive layers to unfold, and giving the work a feeling of movement and sense of history.
The art making process is a fluid and dynamic experience for me. Sometimes it’s calm and nurturing, while at other times, it’s wild and playful. The work evolves as I add and scrape away layers, revealing the interplay between the real and imagined, unexpected and systematic. This approach allows me to find forms and shapes that I can react to and delve into, rather than trying to define the work from its inception. The results of this complex process are often bold, inventive, lyrical, and harmonious.
Whether abstract or representational, my aim is to create dynamic paintings and sculptures that balance movement, tactile textures, and uplifting colors, while inviting the viewer to explore the optimistic stories embedded within. Each piece creates space for personal narratives, transcending boundaries and encouraging a deeper appreciation of our shared human experience.
After more than a decade building a successful career in the investments industry, I traded in the suits and left corporate life so I could embrace my true calling in art. My art journey has finally come full circle.
Starting at a young age, I was exposed to fine art, artists, and supplies at Poster Products Inc., the business my grandparents established in Puerto Rico in the 1940s. They stocked industrial printmaking equipment and materials, specialty paper products, and fine art supplies. It was there that I first interacted with working artists, experimented with art supplies, and learned about the inner workings of a small business. Growing up, my mother also played a pivotal role by supporting my artistic pursuits and enrolling me in numerous art classes and workshops, allowing me to explore and develop my skills over time.
With a BBA in management and marketing from the University of Puerto Rico, I ventured into the investments industry in North Carolina. While I found fulfillment in working with corporate investment clients, my creativity started to dwindle over time. I yearned to make art to process complex emotions and experiences, but the demands of my job left little time for creative expression. The mounting internal pressure eventually led me to make a life-changing decision.
Realizing that my true calling involved art, I embarked on a journey of self-discovery to find a career path that would allow my creativity to flourish while sustaining me financially. I kept the corporate job, but outside of office hours, I sought guidance from fellow artists, attended workshops and networking events, exhibited and sold my artwork.
At the end of 2019, with hard-earned savings and a supportive family, I bid farewell to the investments industry and established my full-time art practice at Artspace in downtown Raleigh.
During the pandemic, my income from art sales was limited, but it allowed me to devote more time to creating art. As the world reopened, more studio visitors, art lovers, and collectors invested in my work, making my full-time artist career possible.
Fast-forward to today, I am passionate about exchanging stories and connecting with others through art. My multicultural heritage and diverse life experiences serve as a continuous wellspring of artistic inspiration. Drawing from the vibrant landscapes of the Caribbean and Southeast, I am captivated by the rich tapestry of flora and fauna encountered both above and beneath the water’s surface. These encounters inform my work, infusing it with textures and shapes that evoke feelings of joy, playfulness, and tranquility. My dynamic paintings, ceramic sculptures, and vibrant murals, balance movement, tactile textures, and uplifting colors, inviting viewers to explore the optimistic stories embedded within.
In addition to creating art, I aim to inspire and empower other creatives by sharing my art and business knowledge through in-person workshops, community projects, mentoring sessions, YouTube episodes, and the Level Up Artists podcast and community that I co-founded.
On my YouTube channel you can get a behind-the-scenes look at my art process and studio practice.
In this video, I shared some of the highlights of my artist origin story. There are memories, experiences, and stories embedded in my work, and a lot of them are directly linked to my upbringing, and ultimately, the search for my true calling in art.
Visitors are welcome! Come find me at Artspace, Studio 203, located in the downtown arts district of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Our amazing building features a variety of working artist studios and gallery spaces in a welcoming environment. I’m in the studio almost daily with rotating hours.
I’m generally open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays 11-5pm.
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Send me an email or Instagram message @AmeighArt
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