Karina Llergo Salto - Fine Artist

Karina Llergo Salto

Northbrook, IL - United States








Karina Llergo Salto

Northbrook, IL - United States

Karina Llergo Salto - Fine Artist

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About Karina Llergo Salto

I have always been mesmerized by the beauty of expression of the human body and arts. I was born and raised in Mexico City where I earned a BGD, from Anahuac del Sur University, Mexico City. I was encouraged to continue the arts journey when I received the Excellence Award for 3 consecutive years in illustration and a scholarship for painting.

During my College years I became fascinated by the powerful tool I was introduce, the computer, which led me to study a post degree in Multimedia, and later on, in Animation.

I worked in the launch of todays best Newspaper in Mexico City, Reforma, as Art Director. There I expanded my fascination working with manipulating images through computer programs, receiving The international Award of Excellence, Best Portafolio and Silver from The Society of Newspaper Design in 1995.

In the earlier ‘2000s, after working at the advertising agency McCann-Erickson as Art Director for Coca-Cola, Revlon and Kimbery Clark, I began freelancing my own design and graphic company while also manipulating images and making art. In 2005, I took art classes with renown Mexican artist Roberto Cortazar and portraitists Enrique Estrada, and later on I enrolled in a post degree in abstract.

In 2007 I moved to Chicago, IL ; still freelancing graphic design, I taught painting classes and worked in my art mainly by commissions. Three years later, I decided to fulfill my creative impulse painting; I have translated my knowledge of manipulating images into my art, I dare into deconstructing, lengthen and integrating bodies with nature elements. In my work I’m influenced by 3 elements that raises my pulse, breath and heartbeat: Dance, which has been the rhythm of my life, Water, that’s in my nature being for 10 years a competitive swimmer, and Air, that has made me venture into skydiving for the freedom that provoke in my being.

I create paintings of human bodies in motion freely interacting with their energy and natural elements.


2006    Iberoamericana Univerity, Mexico City, Postgraduate Diploma in Abstract art
1995    Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Postgraduate Diploma in Animation
1994    Iberoamericana University, Mexico City, Postgraduate Degree in Multimedia
1993    Anahuac del Sur University, Mexico City, Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design


2012 8th Annual Global Latino Fest, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago IL 


2013 9th Annual Global Latino Fest, Germania Palace, Chicago, IL
2012    Life Dance, Gallery G, Glencoe, IL
Face to face, Boocoo Cultural Center, Evanston, IL

2008    Las Guadalupanas, Scalenus Gallery, Mexico City 
Quatro, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City

2007    Emartea VIII, Ataranzas Cultural Center, Veracruz, MX
Milleret, Colegio Asunción, Mexico City
2006 Woman in Art, Colegio de las Vizcainas, Mexico City


2013   Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, IL
Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Promenade of Art, Arlington Heights, IL 
Millenium Art Festival, Chicago, IL
Lake view east Festival of arts, Chicago IL 
Riverside Arts Weekend, IL                       
Northbrook at the Park, Northbrook, IL      
           Glencoe Festival of Art, Glencoe, IL
         Art in your Eye, Batavia,

2012   Gold Coast Art Fest, Chicago, IL       
Art at the Glen, Glenview, IL


2013 Outstanding achievement, Glencoe Festival of Art, Glencoe, IL 
   Outstanding achievement, Promenade of Art, Arlington Heights, IL
Outstanding achievement, Millenium Art Festival, Chicago, IL

1995    The award of excellence, The Society of Newspaper Design, Reston, VA
Best Portafolio, The Society of Newspaper Design, Reston, VA
Silver achievement, The Society of Newspaper Design, Reston, VA


2013    “East on Central,” Journal of Art, Highland Park, IL


“Culture on canvas”, cover story, Life & Arts, The Northbrook Tower, Northbrook, IL Sept. 2013
“East on Central,” Journal of Art, Highland Park, IL, 2013 (also in 2010-2008)
Cover on “East on Central,” Journal of Art, Highland Park, IL, 2012
Exhibition catalog, “Las Guadalupanas,” Scalenus Gallery, Mexico City, 2008  
“The best of news paper design,” Society of newspaper design, Reston, VA, 1995

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