Angie Barrera lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Barrera will graduate with her Associates of Fine Arts in Art degree in 2019 from Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN. Barrera has exhibited her work in the International Baccalaureate Student Art Show, Minneapolis the Student Art Show at Normandale Community College, and will have her culminating AFA in Art exhibit in May 2019. Barrera enjoys working and connecting with communities and people. She has been an Assistant for the Mayday Parade at In Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater and an Assistant Mosaic Instructor at the National Multiple Sclerosis Center. Currently, Barrera is working as an Art Instructor for Bilingual Learning Center teaching elementary level students at Windom Dual Immersion School for the past 3 years.
My drawings and paintings are a way to connect with people without using words. My inspirations are everyday objects and things that I see around me, things that aren’t usually viewed in an artistic manner. Transforming them to be viewed differently, rather than just the object that it is, I use colors to enhance certain features of what I want to portray. I am fascinated with how changing the color of certain things can change the whole mood of a piece. I am a Mexican-American that was raised in South Minneapolis. Growing up I saw how vibrant colors were used in my culture in my everyday life such as in clothes, decorations, and parties, and this is something that always resonated with me. Food was also a big part of my culture, I look forward to eating and enjoying delicious meals with my family and friends, sitting together and digging in. Growing up I was surrounded by diverse cultures, the people and the foods were great but what I love the most is the connection of sitting down, having conversations with people all while indulging in a great meal. That continues to influence my art today.