Portraiture and figurative work
Adria Garza is a visual artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In 2015 she received a Bachelors Degree of Fine Art from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a specialization in drawing and painting. She exhibits an energetic, painterly texture in her artwork with a passion for the human figure and portraiture. Depicting the human form expressively while interpreting the mood of the image with an intuitive sense of color is the driving force behind her work. In addition to her figurative work she enjoys depicting objects with surface qualities she considers to be dynamic and alluring. Using various mediums she strives to create depth and balance using abstract mark making paired with the representational subjects she chooses to explore.
Q & A
How have events from you life influenced your art?
As a child I was teased and bullied in school. I had very few close friends and often felt alienated by my peers. So I withdrew and became very introverted.
I spent a lot of time at my grandparents' house after school and I enjoyed drawing the characters in my favorite shows. I could feel a strong connection to my drawings and craft projects -- a connection that was lacking in other parts of my life-- and eventually I learned to enjoy being alone with my imagination.
What are you focused on now in your work?
I enjoy playing with themes of abstraction and realism in my work.
Currently I think the human face/form is the most complex and interesting thing to me as an artist. I have always felt that there is so much to explore with the subject.
What do you like most about having a studio at the Millworks?
I like the energy created by the the artists and creatives that work at The Millworks. I feel a strong sense of community when I'm there, which is why I love being there all the time!