Carmina Cortes was born and raised in southern California. At a young age, she suffered a fall and herniated three discs in the lower lumbar area, which lead to a series of operations and treatments. In 2002, she suffered an irreversible injury that left her with two herniated discs in the cervical area. As a result of this injury, she suffered depression and sadness due to her physical state. This same sadness brought forward the artist who is now recognized in the Los Angeles area as well as the Chicago area. Her depression led to an abundance of paintings expressing hope. This is where the trees in the shapes of voluptuous women came to life with the colored pencils. She continued on this theme bringing her identity search to life as the colored pencils turned to other mediums.
Her passion for her Mexican heritage drives her to create bright colorful pieces that remind her of her childhood summers in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Most of her new pieces are mix media with strong resembles of Contemporary Mexican art, which she has grown to admire. She strives to create a positive connection for the Latino community especially within her young Latino students today.
She holds a degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fine Arts. She holds a degree from Art Instructional Schools as well as Santa Monica College. At the present moment she is an art teacher in the South side of Chicago. And so she continues growing as an artist and a person as she seeks to understand all the pieces of her identity.
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Art Teacher, artist
1989-1990 Art Instructional School Minneapolis, MN
Basic Art Certificate
1994-1996 American Communication Institute Hollywood, CA
1995-1998 Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA
Associate of Arts Degree Spanish
2005-2007 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
Bachelors of Fine Arts
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