Artists are known for their originality and Soledad Del Real is no exception. The 21-year-old, who stands at 5-foot-9, is covered feet to neck in tattoos, making her look like a kaleidoscopic canvas. She describes her work as “colorful, passionate, and very imaginative,” and it is evident in her look and art.
Del Real has been drawing since she was a kid, inspired by her mother’s creativity. “She was excellent at drawing and painting cartoon characters,” she said.
Her mother painted murals at her school when Del Real was a child, and there were many musicians in her family. Her great-grandmother played guitar for the famous Argentine tango singer Carlos Gardel, and her uncle currently plays in an orchestra in Spain.
Del Real was born in Buenos Aires and moved to the United States when she was 10. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and the second-largest metropolitan area in all of South-America, and it made a big impression on Del Real.
“I remember all the people being so friendly and always smiling. All the neighbors would have dinner together and we all knew each other,” she said.
Del Real is currently in her junior year at Florida Atlantic University majoring in graphic design. Aside from graphic design she also tattoos, dances, models, sculpts, and illustrates. Most of her free time, though, is spent painting.
She describes her art as postmodern and her specific style as “Illustrative imaginations, which apply the female form, and sometimes animals, seen throughout my work. I use flowing curvy linear lines and love to mix all my own colors.” She says her favorite medium to use is acrylic and she likes to use splatter techniques throughout her paintings.
She tends to dramatize certain features on the people she paints. “I don’t like paintings that look like an exact replica of a photograph. I like it to look real but altered a bit. Similar to dreams.” Del Real’s painting professor, Carol Prusa, describes her as a versatile and gifted artist. “She is intensely focused and committed to making excellent work.”
Some of Del Real’s favorite artists are Alphonse Mucha, Sylvia Ji, Brian Viveros, and Aubrey Kawasaki, and their influence can be seen in her work. “I enjoy how they play with dark themes and seduction. They have great flow and draw your eye all around the figures. Art Nouveau is one of my favorite artistic periods.”
What makes art most pleasing to Del Real is its composition and colors.
“It’s hard to pinpoint what good art is, because there is so many different kinds of art that I find interesting,” she said. “Although, my eyes tend to be drawn more toward illustrated painting as opposed to the abstract.”
Del Real’s art has been exhibited at gallery events such as Art Heart, Art Nouveau, and the Armory Arts Center. She has been published in magazines, such as WeMerge. She’s also done work for FAU, such as the Waste Fools Art Show, where she made a sculpture out of biohazard waste, and was exhibited in the school’s spring Juried Arts Show. In FAU’s newspaper, University Press, she was featured in last months article ‘Inked Up’. And she has also done work around the community doing flyers and, recently, painted a “Healthy Living” mural for the YMCA of Broward County in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.