Artist Opening: Shakti Kroopkin
418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Drawing on urban and natural elements, Kroopkin blends abstract space with the energy of Street art. Hailing from the south side of Chicago, Shakti is influenced by music, culture, and city life paired with her current surroundings in Northern New Mexico. In a crescendo of color and movement, emotion and memory speak through the language of mark making. An impression of personality and human experience are denoted by the raw strokes of a primitively symbolic identity. Kroopkin’s work is free from the constraints of logic, gravity, and reality.
The spontaneous application begins with Sumi ink. Kroopkin paints intuitive gestures using a bamboo brush, blows the ink directionally with her mouth, and then attacks the surface of the ink with an attitude and an etching tool. After the ink dries, Kroopkin then begins her dance with oil paints, oil stick and graphite, bringing layers of expression to the canvas.
Shakti finds art to be transformational for both painter and viewer. Imagination shifts space and thought, turns pain into joy, changes limited perspectives into wonderment, and wakes connection to life force energy.
Shakti graduated from the world-renowned School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998, traveled throughout the US and Southeast Asia, and moved to Santa Fe, NM in 2005. Kroopkin has shown in over 50 galleries and art shows across the country including Lux Gallery in Chicago, IL, UrbanAdd Gallery in Seattle, WA, Canfield Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and is internationally collected and nationally shown.
Kroopkin offers sumi ink and oil paintings for private and corporate collections, steel and bronze sculpture, commissions, live painting performances, giclee reproductions, custom skateboards and clothing, abstract art workshops, and art donations to nonprofits.
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