“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.”
Tina Alberni, 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. For 14 years, while still sustaining her own art career, she taught art to middle and high school students. After teaching and heading the 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 bicultural 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. The process of fusing mixed media with overlapping elements and intuition, let’s her join her past with her future and reconcile with her present.
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.
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, through all her creative work, she strives to connect people, thoughts and inspirations.
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.