My company, Alamo Artworks, is the fruition of my evolving passion for many art mediums.
The Early Years
I first found my passion for art on the potter’s wheel, which led to a number of awards while in school as well as participation with the Southwest School of Art Bee Nation. Similarly, serving on the Artpace Teen Council led to an invitation to attend the International Teen Convening at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, Massachusetts. Networking with art student/ peers from around the world furthered my understanding of the responsibilities of being an artist and my continued my desire to have a career in the arts.
Surrounded by Art
Junior year at NEISD I was blessed to be able to travel, as a result of academic opportunities to view some of the world's finest art, such as the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, the Berlin Wall in Germany, the Bean in Chicago, Stonehenge in England, and the world's largest museum, the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, Russia.
During my senior year at Antonian College Preparatory High School, I was the first student in the history of the school to take art 1, Art 2 classes combined with a digital media class.
New skills led to a re-mastering of my portfolio and a successful National Portfolio Day in 2016. It was easy to decide to attend college in Boston, Massachusetts, a world-renowned, progressive city with a thriving art community. Attending a school with a multi-disciplinary approach to an art degree, in a city overflowing with college students eager to create, discuss, and debate, has been the perfect environment in which to learn and share.
In May 2020, I proudly received a BFA degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts University.
However, returning to the city that introduced me to art and that brought me great memories felt like the only place to live and be able to thrive from everything I understand and have . I look forward to being a student enrolled at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I have enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program. I am truly excited about the opportunities that will reveal themselves in my my own town again
Solidifying my Connection Within the San Antonio Art Community
Throughout the years, there are a number of individuals who were instrumental in helping me refine my techniques.
Jill Ewing, a former art teacher And modern Sharman , Taylor Browning, Education Coordinator of Artpace, recognized and promoted my interest in art and were two of my best supporters. I credit many other individuals, as well, Dennis Smith , Ryan Takaba Dr Karulak , Blake Kennedy for helping to shape my art journey.
in 2014 a behind-the-scenes tour of the tools and technology of Artpace with Head Fabricator and Building Manager , Riley Robinson opened and showed me the opportunities to see your dreams become reality which continues to this day, interning under Charlie kitchen ,Building Manager and seeing where great beginnings start with Riley Robinson being a prime example of hard work pays off while Riley is now the director of the whole program
to be associated with Artpace to continue to still learn from residence about artistic control and the endless possibilities (of the artists demands).(seeing the curve on Concept vs skill) (These early Works and Conversations Fuels the dream of creating a successful show that is Successful on both fronts being inspired from works such as
MICOL ASSAËLRome, Italy
LESLIE HEWITTNew York, New York, USA
ADAM HELMSNew York, New York, USA
BUSTER GRAYBILLHuntsville, Texas, USA
Well this works spoke and gave different meeting within the gallery getting the information from the artist on how to create that show is important to me
Giving Back and Looking Forward
Collaborating with artists locally, nationally and internationally opened my eyes to charitable organizations and how art can play a role in making a direct impact on the lives of others, both financially and artistically. I found that the donations of various ceramic bowls and sculptures over the years to non-profit organizations and schools provided a platform to also showcase various art techniques and attract new artists to the profession.
My brother once told me that perfect timing is a blessing from the Lord.
I truly believe that being in the right place, with the right skills, and having met the right people, played a key role in the development of the artist that I am today.
While understanding when you are the viewer and when you the presenter. Always striving to live in the shadows of the life you could only dream of living understanding the light revolves to one day shine upon your goals
At the young age of six, I had already decided what I wanted to do for the rest of my life when I once told a teacher that I planned to wander the world in a Volkswagen bus, painting portraits. It wasn't until many years later, when competition medals and compliments from viewers further fueled my dreams. I truly hope that future viewers who see my art for the first time and will not want it to be their last. I will strive to make a positive, lasting impression and hope to inspire others to do the same. I truly believe that "if you're passionate about what you do, you'll feel like you never worked a day in your life." (Samuel Adams Boston Lager)
Statement from 2016
Entering the Conversation
Creating a conversation in the art world starts with knowledge that can be acquired through life experiences or formalized learning. Although apprenticeships are stressed in other countries, I chose to enroll in a state-of-the-art traditional classroom setting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, a world-class, university city with a vibrant art community. Attaining an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in fine art allows me to use various mediums, from 2D to 3D to VR, in order to better understand the subjective nature of art. Students from all over the world gather in Boston to discuss their unique cultures and viewpoints on 21st century topics.
Learning from the Conversation
Weekly critiques in college allowed me to have a better understanding of my art through other artist’s reactions, feelings, and points of view. It is from these critiques that I honed my perspective of the conceptual aspects of setting and time in today’s art world and navigated through small box galleries to slowly build my name, eventually working my way towards a broader audience.
Continuing the Conversation
My mission is to convey my knowledge to future art students and channel their visions so they can best continue their conversation with all things considered.
Artist Statement - 2019 - "My work is a space for nature to inhabit. While these works are documented in spacetime, in a question for function in active settings, the documents live as matter to carry out a conversation into sustainability addressing problems to remediate while challenging the inherent qualities of the material and how society constructs material norms for the work to be adjacent to the material, as well as having work equally respectful and challenging as it acknowledges the space before providing to nature."
Statement of Purpose and Intent 2020 – Blake Oliva
I foresee my life as a true artist, always pursuing my passion for creativity while upholding my appreciation for art. After completing interdisciplinary art classes at SMFA Tufts in Boston, I bring my creative energy and excitement to produce art that will be environmentally conscious and evoke an awareness in our society of our natural resources. I make art that makes the art – “while providing to nature and upholding my morals of being respectful, challenging and acknowledging space." I plan to further develop my art skills and promote my interests in sculpture, all while using the resources of the nature to bring awareness to the environment. I look forward to fully embracing the next exciting steps in my career as an artist. God Speed.
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