Award-winning artist, art teacher and interior designer, Armida Espaillat, works with a variety of media, including charcoal, pastel, watercolor, oil, and more. Her art primarily centers in realism: still life, landscapes, faces, and nature. Armida’s recent focus has been close to expressionism using human figures to paint life stories, whether they are people she knows or what she imagines their life to be like. She includes a variety of elements for texture that consist of sand, plaster, sea salt and rice paper, among others.
Born in the Dominican Republic and currently residing in Middletown, CT Armida is a member of the local and International Pastel Society, the Art Guild, and a volunteer at The New Britain Museum of American Art. She has expanded her traditional setting to the direction of the art in her community and worldwide.
Painting mementos and photos of her childhood in the Hisponiola earned her a spot as a finalist in the 2012 ESSIE Awards. Armida was honored Best of Show for “Reflections of Home” in The Art Guild of Middletown’s 1st Autumn Art Exhibit. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and Decorating from the University of Pedro Henriquez Ureña, (UNPHU), and is a certified interior decorator by Penn Foster.
Armida states, “My work is influenced by Prat Ventos, who from a young age disciplined me in practice, working constantly and hard on real objects. And Gausash, who gave me techniques for the use of color, in watercolors, pencils and markers that latter developed into oil, pastels and acrylics. The Renaissance and Impressionism movements motivate my work of today, in perfecting the quality of details, and the latter in the use of color to tell a story and represent a feeling.”