21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Olympia Altimir

Olympia Altimir
California

Olympia Altimir, Back to the Primitive, oil, 24 x 36.

Olympia Altimir, Back to the Primitive, oil, 24 x 36.

Art Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Style: I consider myself a surrealist and symbolic painter. I also like to experiment with different media, and sometimes when I paint, I move all the way into abstraction.

Creative Spark: Good movies, books, myths, my own dreams, and amazing work by other artists.

Second-Choice Career: I would be a psychologist.

Other Passions: To travel, to cook, to be introspective, to daydream, to have challenging debates, to interpret dreams, and to win.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I’m from a tiny European country, Andorra, of which most people have never heard. And my native language is Catalan.

Best Advice Received: When stuck, try stepping back, flipping your canvas, looking at a photo of your painting, or turning your painting into a black-and-white study to see the values.

Biggest Fear: I fear being mediocre.

Pet Peeve: Rude people. People who don’t keep their word. And people who insist on trying to change my mind.

Quirkiest Trait: I never answer the phone.

Mantra or Motto: The hard work puts you where the good luck can find you.

Favorite Studio Music: Either heavy metal or electronic music.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Pretty much any piece by Brad Kunkle.

Future Goals: International exposure, working in a beautiful studio, inspiring more people on a deeper level, and being a badass mom.

Price Range: $400 to $2,000.

Representation: Wonderland SF, San Francisco, CA.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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