IN THE PRESS
With a degree in psychology and graduate work in “art for special populations” now called art therapy, Pineda seeks to merge her memories of growing up in a small Mexican colony outside Shafter, with the reality of being a Chicana in modern America. As a child, she worked beside her family in the fields. As a adult, she worked in migrant education and human relations. Hands reaching out and around the vessel forms symbolized this coming together of communities and culture.
Nora Pineda passionately speaks from her roots. Her forms appear as stories in the round as she transforms and mutates a magic fusion of colors, shapes and a way of life. Although she is influenced by her Mexican culture, she does not think of herself as anyone but an artist with messages to reveal ... Pineda vividly speaks to healing. Her works show great depth of emotion, celebration, suffering, and cultural bonding. In this way her elegant and beautiful vessel forms reach out beyond her hands to symbolize the togetherness of communities and culture.
Combining her love of the earth and healing with her hands, sculptor Nora Pineda brings her personal beliefs and experiences to her artwork. Like the many aspects or each person’s life, her artwork is multi-faceted. As the sculptures are rotated slightly, new shapes begin to come into view of a different yet complimentary theme. This helps create a flowing, rhythmic feel to my art. The images she chooses are personal symbols that tie in with humanity and the earth.
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Nora's Feature Interview
"Crossing Cultural Borders" at Ceramic's Monthly
In her decades-spanning practice and drawing from her Mexican cultural heritage, Nora Pineda’s complex ceramics tie together modern abstraction and ancient mythology in a wholly unique way. Inspired by her Mexican heritage, Pineda’s pieces incorporate characters that symbolize the way of life of Mexicans throughout the ages. She brings them to life with deep, undulating lines and stylized faces that are extremely expressive. Everything, from the amount of lines used to the size of their bodies, carries significance in the story each piece tells. Pineda uses a variety of finishes – matte, textured, glossy – and a palette that can either be turned up or muted depending on the narrative.
An important feature of Pineda’s pieces is that they are created in the round, with the piece truly operating as a three-dimensional object. These are not straight sculptures, but forms inspired by the traditional use of ceramics: the vessel. Pineda’s shapes come directly from altered forms and manipulation of clay, and many of these forms are even functioning vessels. This is another example of how the artist brings ancient tradition together with new aesthetic ideas.
Pineda was born in Bakersfield, California and has been extremely active in the California art scene for many years. She has also won several prestigious awards for her work.
Nora Pineda will be attending Fusion Art's 3rd Annual Group Show! This fine art exhibit is hosted by, Stephen Baumbach Photography Studio & Gallery. Nora was invited to attend this prestigious event having won Best in Show with her exceptional piece, Red Goddess. Join Nora at Fusion Art Group Show, Feb 6–23, 2019! Opening Reception is Feb 6, 5 to 8 pm at 4116 E Matthew Drive, Palm Springs, CA.
Nora Pineda is exhibiting her piece, Buddhas in Paradise, at
Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine! This fine art exhibit is held at Chico Art Center and is a juried exhibition featuring artwork in response to the Camp Fire of Butte County. Join Nora at this special tribute exhibition Feb 8–March 1, 2019. Opening Reception is Feb 8, 5 to 7 pm at 450 Orange Street, Suite 6 in Chico, CA.
Nora is honored to be selected to present her artwork at Magnum Opus 30, Sacramento Fine Arts Center's Annual International Open Show! This fine art exhibit is a special juried art exhibit showing original art, sculpture, photography, painting, all mediums. Judged by Steve Memering. Join Nora at this gala event, Feb 19–March 17, 2019! Opening Reception is March 9, 5:30 to 8:30 pm with refreshments and live guitar by Greg Williams at 5330B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, CA.
Nora is invited to present her artwork at Women's Works 2019! Women’s Works provides an opportunity to showcase the creative artwork of women artists in North America and internationally. This is the 32nd Anniversary of the show and we're delighted to be attending. Join Nora at this gala event, March 6–April 14, 2019! Opening Reception is March 9, 6 to 9 pm at 101 N Johnson Street in Woodstock, IL.
Nora Pineda will be attending Art Expo New York! Each year thousands of art industry insiders flock to Artexpo New York in search of the art and artists that will shape trends in galleries worldwide. Hosting more than 35,000 avid art enthusiasts annually, this is the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers! Join Nora at Artexpo New York, April 4–7, 2019!
Nora Pineda will be attending Art Santa Fe! An amazing gathering of exceptional artists and galleries from around the world, celebrates 19 successful years in summer 2019. Join us for an exploration of world-class modern and contemporary art in a city that boasts a vibrant creative scene and economic support for all things artistic. Join Nora at Art Santa Fe, July 18–21, 2019!
The prestigious stARTup Art Fair 2019 is coming and Nora is delighted to be exhibiting! Bypassing the traditional gallery system, stARTup connects hungry art buyers to highly curated up-and-coming artists. There, you will discover over 60 artists – selected by art world experts – who transform hotel rooms into individual exhibition spaces and offer their works for sale to art lovers of all levels.
stARTup SF takes place at the fun and funky Hotel del Sol, a 1950s motor lodge in the beautiful Marina District adjacent to the Bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Golden Gate Bridge. stARTup is held the same weekend as the SF Art Market gallery fair at Fort Mason, which is within walking distance of the del Sol. Join Nora at stARTup SF 2019 April 26–28, 2019!
Nora Pineda was accepted to the 2019 California Open! Juror, Ruth Weisberg chose 110 artworks for this year’s exhibition from 1,400+ submissions received nationwide. The exhibition runs from August 7 through August 23 and the artists’ reception and awards ceremony is on Saturday, August 10, from 5 to 8 pm. You, along with your friends and family, are encouraged to attend. The exhibition will be held at TAG Gallery, 5458 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Please do join Nora!
Nora Pineda is headed to New York City for Fall Equinox: A Collective Exhibition held at Agora Gallery. A gathering of 12 accomplished international artists will be featured at this yearly fine art extravaganza. Reception: Thursday, September 19, 2019 6-8 pm. Show dates: September 17 – October 8, 2019. Do join Nora!
Pineda's work on display at 14th Annual Chico Home and Garden Show! The is the largest and finest Fall Home and Garden Show in the North State. Over 250 exhibits and services focusing on home decor and the like will be in attendance. Enjoy great food. Come hungry, leave happy! Join Nora at this gala event at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, California, October 26–27, 2019!
The December Gift Show at Chico Art Center is On! Join Nora and many other talented Chico artists at the 2019 Gift Show. Artists are selling handmade goods and artwork for the holiday season. It's a perfect opportunity to peruse wonderful local talent and purchase gifts for friends and family!
This holiday art exhibit extravaganza is ongoing to December 27, 2019. The gallery is open weekends 10-4, weekdays noon-4. For more information and images of gift items and artwork please visit Chico Art Center. Join Nora at this exhibit at 450 Orange Street, Suite 6, Chico, California.
Pineda's work on display at Red Dot Miami! Discover Red Dot Miami—a modern and contemporary art show in the heart of Miami featuring an international slate of 75+ galleries showing over 500 leading artists. The event attracts over 38,000 visitors, a majority of whom are high-net-worth collectors. Join us for an unforgettable five days of cutting-edge art, entertainment, and special events. Join Nora at Red Dot Miami, December 4–8, 2019!