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Detail: Ojo Que No Ve
2007, Oil on Canvas
24” x 30”

Veronica Napoles, a Cuban-American, has been an artist all of her life.  As a youngster, she drove her parents crazy by repeatedly submitting her drawings to “Can you draw this pirate?” only to have a salesperson appear at the door soon thereafter.  She received her BFA from the University of Miami and her BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

Veronica turned her interest in art into a successful career as a graphic designer. She went on to teach design at UC Berkeley Extension and art at Sonoma State, wrote a book on branding, Corporate Identity Design, and created some of the more important corporate identity programs of the 1980's and 1990's.

Throughout her graphic design career, Veronica was always looking back to her early painting days, wanting to eventually resume full-time painting.

What Napoles does with her hands presently is always the result of something that started in her mind and heart. Referencing distinct art historical periods and styles, her images can be at once tranquil and yet troubled.  Her paintings are visual existential images born out of memory and experience. Emerging from an attempt to find a balance between personal history and universal themes of abandonment, loss, redemption, suffering, and love, the images seem to stream from her unconscious onto canvas to pacify the present. For Veronica, all art, no matter the form or content, is autobiographical. As Federico Fellini once said, “The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.”

Board of Trustees Headlands Center for the Arts, 2006 - 2009
Board of Directors Youth in Arts, San Rafael, 1999 through 2004
KRON – Hispanic Leader of the Year
Sundance Film Festival Screenplay Semi-Finalist 1993

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