painting by April Tsosie

Paint Studio Demo Artist April Tsosie

April Tsosie will be in the Paint Studio on March 12─13.

Liz Jaite: What will your demonstration in the studio look like?

April Tsosie: I will be demonstrating how to stretch a canvas and the beginning stages of a painting. I will explain how to gesso a canvas and lay down the foundation colors. From there I will begin my painting process. I will also bring in some finished work from my studio to show.

LJ: What inspires you as an artist?

AT: My family and Native American upbringing really inspire me. The summers and weekends at my grandfather’s ranch, on the reservation in New Mexico reflect in my paintings. I believe my paintings tell a story from my time there. They are abstract/surrealistic paintings of the landscape.

LJ: What do you do when you’re not creating art?

AT: I work with youth in nonprofit organizations. I teach kids about painting and help with the fundraising. These programs I help with are normally in low-income areas. I teach the kids all of the steps in painting from stretching a canvas, to exposing them to different paint brushes, and the actual painting process.

April Tsosie was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and received her BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This past summer at the Denver Art Museum, Tsosie was one of the artists a part of the collaborated Denver Art Museum and the Biennial of the Americas community project inspired by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez’s work Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua. Tsosie is currently prepping for upcoming shows in the Denver area.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Liz Jaite is a studio and artist programs intern in the learning and engagement department. Liz has been at the DAM since 2015. Her favorite piece of artwork at the museum is Early Baroque Side Chair c.1685 by artist Unknown. Liz also loves Ben & Jerry's.

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