Abigail Gomez was born in New York, and has lived in Virginia for the past 20 years. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Tech in 2007, concentrating on found object sculpture and recycled art. She also studied drawing, painting, and jewelry making at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy in 2003. In December 2015 she expects to complete the requirements for a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Gomez’s vibrant artwork is in a number of private collections around the United States. Her artwork has also been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Shenandoah Arts Council, and the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech, as well as in other group and solo shows in Virginia, New York, California, and Italy.
Abigail has been focusing on a series of mixed-media works on panel inspired by the artist’s Cuban heritage. Created in 2014 and 2015, the brightly colored, textural paintings are abstracted representations of the landscapes and vistas Gomez discovered during recent trips to the Cuban cities where her great-grandfather lived. The title of her current series is Roots: La Cuba de mi Bisabuelo. She has always been fascinated by her cultural heritage, and her experiences in the land of her great-grandfather have brought her artistic inspiration and personal fulfillment as she gains a better sense of self.
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