Camila Ibarra

Camila Ibarra

Camila Ibarra 2560 1707 The Tucson Gallery
Camila Ibarra smiling in a selfie, with a background hinting at her colorful art studio.
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Artwork of Camila Ibarra

Camila’s Story

Camila’s painting of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” was sold on Parent Teacher Night before her parents could see it. It was her first painting ever, hung alongside those of the other 9-year-olds from the same third-grade class. From there, she couldn’t see her life without art.

Growing up as a first generation Mexican-American in a low-income household, Camila felt motivated to work toward being awarded a free ride to University, so she spent many long days at school picking up extracurricular activities. Regardless of the activity, she found ways to set herself apart through her art. When the cafeteria ladies asked the student council to paint the building red, the committee leader recommended Camila paint a mural instead. The school posters, sports banners, and anything related to paper, markers, and paint, were left in Camila’s hands, and she loved it.

Her love for art spoke to many people, inspiring them to ask Camila for custom pieces. Over time, small art pieces turned large. Camila is now building her portfolio with colorful murals in Mexican restaurants, private backyards, and more. She also creates personal canvas pieces, in hopes that other people feel a sense of joy and relationship to them as well. Publications of her artwork include The NY Times, the HBO show “Betty”, Arizona Daily Star, and more...

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, a place that has always been close to my heart. It’s where my journey with art began, from my early days in school to painting murals around the city. Tucson’s vibrant culture and the support of my local community have been instrumental in my development as an artist.

Tell us about your family

I am blessed to be the fifth of six children in our lively household. My mother, a phenomenal chef, single-handedly raised us, filling our home with love and the most delicious meals. She’s my rock, having supported every art event I’ve participated in. I owe my resilience and passion to her. My siblings, especially Christian, are a source of endless laughter and joy, keeping our family bond strong and spirited.

Do you have pets, if yes, tell us about them

Currently, I don’t have pets. My busy schedule of creating art, spending time with family, and traveling doesn’t leave much room for furry companions. But I cherish the vibrant and lively energy similar to what a pet would bring into my life.

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I knew I was destined to be an artist since the third grade, at the age of 9. That’s when my first painting, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” was sold. That moment was pivotal; it wasn’t just about the sale, but the realization that my art could evoke emotions and connect with others on a deeper level.

What is your favorite media to work with?

Oil paint is my favorite medium. It allows me to express the vibrancy and depth of my experiences and inspirations. The texture and richness of oil paint help me bring my ideas to life in a way that resonates with the emotions I wish to convey in my artwork.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

When I’m not immersed in my art, I love to engage in activities that rejuvenate my body and spirit. Lifting weights gives me a sense of strength and discipline, while easy hikes allow me to connect with nature and find new inspirations. Spending quality time with my family and exploring new places on short weekend trips are also essential parts of my life that keep me grounded and inspired.

Join a Paint and Sip Event with Camila

Join us at The Tucson Gallery for a vibrant evening of creativity and relaxation with the renowned mural artist, Camila Ibarra. Our next session kicks off on June’s third Thursday at the delightful Proper Shops venue, nestled right within our gallery.

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