I grew up in Mexico City with Mafalda comic books, drawing faces and playing with cats. I came to the U.S. in 1989 and began my college life in Austin in 1994, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from UT Austin. After completing a work-abroad program in Paris, France, I moved to San Francisco where I explored administration and fundraising at the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. I studied animation, graphics, web design, and pursued professional dancing including salsa and Brazilian samba at the Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts in the Bay Area,
In 2002 I moved to Sedona, AZ, where I explored photography and hiking, as well as native American cultures. I studied graphics and web design at the Sedona Center for Arts and Technology, and collaborated with Canyon Moon Theatre as an Artistic Assistant. I moved to Tucson and completed two semesters of graduate work in digital media at the University of Arizona and worked as a Photography and Drawing Instructor at Miraval Life in Balance Resort. I exhibited in a photography women’s show at Raíces Taller and participated with samba ensemble Batucaxé as a dancer during events such as Tucson Meet Yourself and the Grand Opening of the Rialto Theatre. I also participated in three Odyssey Storytelling events in Tucson which was a lot of fun.
In the summer of 2006, I opened Rinconart Studio and Gallery in Tubac, AZ which experienced moderate success. Besides featuring artwork, I was commissioned various decorative design projects, including murals and faux finishes in Arizona homes.
I was also commissioned by the Verizon Yellow Book to complete a cover art piece for the 2009 year book.The painting “Tucson Glowing” was printed on over 500,000 copies.
I returned to California and exhibited at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville, for their show It’s the Journey, not the Destination. I also worked on translation projects in the educational technology field. In January of 2013, Rinconart Studio and Gallery reopened in Placerville, California, featuring over 25 local and regional artists. Our gallery won the KCRA A List nomination for best art gallery in Placerville! I also enrolled in a master’s degree program in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University Monterey Bay. Managing both was not possible so I closed the gallery at the end of 2014.
After graduating, my art interests continue, in combination with education and technology. During the years 2015 and 2016, I worked with the Institute for Humane Education translating the content of their graduate and certificate programs into Spanish, a very inspiring project. Education is a crucial element to heal and empower societies. I continue to develop my translation skills, and I am currently pursuing a license as a court interpreter in the state of Washington.
My current projects include volunteering as an interim Art Director for the Triad Art Galery at the Triad Theater. Come check us out! During my free time, I paint regularly and enjoy spending time with loved ones and pets.
Ana Luisa Rincón