Kathleen De Palma works in mixed media. Her figures and forms are constructed of papier-mâché over wire armatures and painted with acrylic. The recycled cigar boxes she uses have been collected over the years. This style of working developed from her fascination with Latin American folk art. She has taken countless trips to Mexico, traveling throughout the country to visit and draw inspiration from regional museums, artists’ homes, and private ateliers.
Kathleen took her first painting class at the San Luis Obispo Art Center (now SLOMA) with Arne Nybak. She received a BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. Studies included a year at the CCA extension, El Molino, in Michoacán, Mexico. In 1996, she had the opportunity to live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and study the collection at the Museum of International Folk Art.
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