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Evangelina Portillo

South San Francisco, CA - United States

Evangelina Portillo - Fine Artist

Evangelina Portillo

Member Since: 03/12/2011

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I was born and raised in South San Francisco, California. After studying commercial art at the College of San Mateo, I worked as a graphic artist for 18 years, enjoying darkroom and prepress work. Afterward, I became a business owner, partnering with my sister Maria, a beautiful, inspiring person, to run our family’s business ⎯ Alfredo’s Market. Growing up in a family of 10, I had an interest in art from a very young age. My father always told me I had a gift, a “Don”, and supported me. On the other hand, my very traditional mother thought I was wasting my time. Once I sold my first painting, her attitude changed.
My inspiration comes from the pride I feel toward my parents and family, and my heritage: music, traditions, celebrations, food. Cooking traditional foods alongside my mother has become a distinct part of my life that allows me to explore the flavors of my heritage at many levels.
I find myself telling stories with my paintings: stories about the past, a loved one, based on a song or a single taste, festivities and colors. My art tends to focus on Mexican culture and its history and traditions, mostly utilizing very festive colors. I find myself drawn to the Day of the Dead and its beautiful multitude of celebratory styles. I have come to realize that it is not a celebration of death, but a true celebration of life, and that color is a reflection of life.

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Evangelina Portillo - Virgen de Guadalupe #3

Virgen de Guadalupe #3

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Evangelina Portillo - New Upload

New Upload

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Evangelina Portillo - Dia de Los Gigantes

Dia de Los Gigantes

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Evangelina Portillo - NinerRider

NinerRider

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New Upload

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New Upload

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Evangelina Portillo - Marilyn and James

Marilyn and James

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Evangelina Portillo - Dia de los Muertos Jack...

Dia de los Muertos Jack...

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Evangelina Portillo - Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa

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Evangelina Portillo - Serenata

Serenata

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Evangelina Portillo - Sorrow and Hope

Sorrow and Hope

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Evangelina Portillo - Adelita y Juan Cementery

Adelita y Juan Cementery

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Evangelina Portillo - Nite and Day Procession

Nite and Day Procession

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Evangelina Portillo - Los Compadres

Los Compadres

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Evangelina Portillo - Las Comadres

Las Comadres

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Evangelina Portillo - Las Borrachitas

Las Borrachitas

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Evangelina Portillo - Adelita y Juan

Adelita y Juan

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Evangelina Portillo - La Catrina

La Catrina

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Evangelina Portillo - La vida no vale nada

La vida no vale nada

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Evangelina Portillo - Boda Negra Enterrador

Boda Negra Enterrador

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Evangelina Portillo - Zoot Suit

Zoot Suit

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Evangelina Portillo - La vida no vale nada dos

La vida no vale nada dos

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Evangelina Portillo - Procession

Procession

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Evangelina Portillo - Diego y Frida blue house...

Diego y Frida blue house...

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