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Tina Alberni, has been practicing as an artist, administrator and teacher in the visual arts field since the early 90’s.
Alberni is of Cuban heritage, lived in Bogota, Colombia as a child, and returned to the U.S. in her late teens. She earned a BS in Art Education, with a concentration in printmaking.
After teaching and heading an art department for over a decade, she was ready for a change and got very involved with a new career in graphic design, ultimately, leaving the classroom to develop her own small graphic design business. She stayed in that industry, at an international level, for about 10 years.
Alberni’s bilingual and bi-cultural upbringing weaves into the fabric of her art expression, exploring and responding intuitively through many overlapping layers of mixed media. She sees the world in patterns of color, textures, symbols and order. By fusing mixed media she joins narratives of past, present and future.
She tends to work in series and often spends a few years exploring a theme or a style. The bulk of her work is abstract and 2-dimensional but she does explore 3-d art via public art and installation projects. She welcomes exhibiting in either traditional or alternative spaces.
Some of the subjects present in her work include strength vs. weakness, freedom vs. restraint, and calm vs. chaos, all aiming to spark inner dialogue.
“My thoughts and ideas attempt to speak deeply and imaginatively about the relationships between our microcosm with its laws of polarity, the systemic impact of urbanism on our planet, and our significance in the macrocosm.”
Alberni also makes artisanal jewelry. She combines all sorts of natural materials, sustainable woods, recycled glass, metals, gemstones and other exotics, many of which are bought through fair trade.
“My knotted jewelry designs are inspired by the Inca culture and the metal, charm and chained jewelry combines some contemporary approaches. Both approaches combine unlikely materials into one, harmonious art piece to wear. The idea of using knots came from my desire to communicate as the Incas did more than 1000 years ago. They created a sophisticated language device of colorful clusters of knots called “Quipu”. A quipu is a cluster of knotted fibers which, back then, communicated statistics and ideas. It was the equivalent to our writing. Hence, why each knotted necklace is inspired by unique intentions and has its own title.
Ultimately, her hope is to move the viewer from passive or detached contemplation to some sort of individual or communal awareness and connectedness.
Alberni moved to North Carolina in 2007. She immersed herself into the Charlotte art community by volunteering, serving on boards and even running a small gallery she was in partnership with for a handful of years.
Alberni has received awards, exhibited, and sold her work to collectors across a few continents.
She is currently a full-time working artist, working in her art studio by day and making jewelry by night.
She is currently represented at Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina and is open to Commission work and alternative space exhibits.
Ciel Gallery spotlight interview Here
Alberni is a 2-time award recipient by the (ASC)Arts & Science Council. First, by their ArtPop program giving her billboard and Newstand exposure throughout the city of Charlotte during 2014. Secondly, she was awarded a $25K grant by the Neighborhoods in Creative PARTnership program, to work with 2 other awarded local artists and seven Charlotte neighborhoods to design public art for their area, to bring their history and diversity together as one.
She was one of 3 local artists commissioned by the ASC and CCP-Center City Partners for the Piano Public Art Project, a project that combined her public art and impromptu music performance in the public space arena.
She was awarded as a featured artist by ArtSi, a community initiative developed to support, connect and train Latinos in the arts in Mecklenburg County. in their signature Hispanic arts and culture event in Charlotte.
Iredell Arts Council recently commissioned her to create some public art along the Statesville Greenway, NC.
The Mint Museum invited her to exhibit at Arte, Poesia y Musica, an event in conjunction with Opera Carolina and Art Si, Her latest corporate commission was requested by Belk. She was asked to produce a piece for its most prestigious award of excellence for employees. It was unveiled at a special event and presented to the lucky recipient.
Alberni's latest featured art show was titled "Entwined". She exhibited 27 artworks at Ciel Gallery for one month.
Alberni was invited among several local artists, to feature 2 artworks inspired by 2 poems for the 100 Love Notes Global Project. The book of love notes will be published and available for sale in 2017