About Natalia Virafuentes

Natalia Virafuentes is a Mexican-American multimedia artist born and raised in the city of Chicago. Her passions consist of making art, curating and healing people. Her works go from 2D to 3D art but primarily consists of drawing and painting. She has been curating and exhibiting in various galleries/spaces around the city of Chicago. Her philosophy is that art is a form of self-expression that gives you a bigger sense of self and encourages others to be free. Natalia currently works out of her studio in Albany park.

In-The-Field Experience

Artist coordinator and Artist relations, PocketCon; 2016-Present
Art Archiving Services, Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet; 2013
Art Framer, Michaels Art Supplies; 2010-2011
Art Archivist and Inventory, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; 2009-2010
Video Production, After School Matters; 2007
Mural Artist (at Paderewski Elementary School), Chicago Public Art Group; 2007
Curator, After School Matters; 2006
Graphic Designer, After School Matters; 2006
Holiday Card Designer, Marwen; 2005
Mural Artist, Lake View High School; 2005

Education

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI, 2008-2010
The UIC College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, Chicago, IL, 2011
Clinical Massage Therapist, Soma Institute, Chicago, IL, 2012

Skills

Extrovert (pretty much a social butterfly)
Art Show Curator
Art Sales and Inventory
Art Installation
Event Organizer and Promoter
(social media and print)
Leader and Team Player
Art Direction
Custom Art Framer
(building frames, cutting mats and glass)
Bilingual (Spanish and English)
Video Editing and Storyboarding
Operating Boom Mic
Drawing
(graphite, ink, charcoal, pastel)
Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache)
Printmaking (lithography, silk screening, relief printing, Xerox transfers, etc.)
Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Photoshop

Referrals

Lisa Cinelli
Mark Lawson
Maria Gaspar
Miriam Socoloff
Elgin Bokari
Kendra Mealy Wilk