Having been born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, I am inherently and relentlessly charismatic. My move to New York City as a child, where I was raised, also helped shaped my character, which would later surface in my work. I was fortunate enough to return to my beloved island during my teenage years, and continued on to college. Armed with a degree in Business, I then made the bold move to Chicago, the place I call home today.
Both as a woman and as an artist, I have transitioned from one phase of life to another, sometimes unwillingly. But it has been through some of the darkest times of my journey, that I have also discovered my strengths. Most of those stories I have documented through my art. As a painter, the journey first began with pencil drawings, then painting. As a woman, my personal experiences have also given me a spirit of willingness to share joy through art with others. You can see it in the soft eyes and strong demeanor of a woman in one of my paintings, or you can sense it in the intense colors and rough textures, thick on the canvas, in another.
Even as a child, I was drawn by art and immersed myself in hours of sketching and drawing. Finding that I could excel in something that came so natural to me, brought me much joy. These moments in time shaped me as a young woman as I held on to the idea that I was a good artist, and that I was growing fonder of it each day.
Although the idea and ability always remained within me, it waited dormant for some years. While I raised a family and pursued my career as an accountant, art patiently waited for the right moment to erupt. And just in time, like a volcano, it came gushing forth when I needed it to the most.
I was in my early thirties, and I had just gone through a divorce. Instinctively, as my mind wandered and pondered the future, my heart took control and my hands started creating. Some of the first pieces reflect my hunger for exploring deeper into my creativity and filling the hollow space where art would reside once again. This time, I was not going to let it get away.
Today, you will see my work encompass a variety of subjects, depending on where the journey has taken me in that particular space and time. Although I work in pencil and charcoal, I also incorporate pastels, acrylic, and some mixed media. But it is when I use oils to paint even the minutest detail, that I can express myself completely and freely, with few limitations. For the last three years, I have incorporated jewelry creations into the Aponte Art collection. The pieces also echo spirit, hope, and endurance as their central theme. I like to think that all of my work elevates art as the purest form of expression and freedom.
Painting takes me to a place where I am unveiled, my soul stripped from all the worldly elements and the warmth of my blood flows and carries the movement of my brush...its a dance, the colors are my music, at late hours in the night...when everyone is dreaming in their sleep, my brush dances over my canvas and I am dreaming too.