For over a decade Patricia Araujo has painted San Francisco's central city architecture. While she lived in the area, she was enchanted by its rich architectural history and the decayed beauty of many buildings that remain, and she continues to paint both iconic city landmarks and abandoned downtown buildings, as an elegy to San Francisco's architectural past.
Since 2008 she has also devoted herself to a new body of work, Tomorrowland Today, featured in this monograph. The newer series was inspired by futuristic, classical, and industrial architecture. The structures she has brought together in these paintings include circus arenas, citadels, and roller coasters. These imaginary cityscapes are a mixture of old and new constructions from various places, East and West. Araujo has sought to bring centuries of utopianism and hope for the future together in a fantasized present, as that present might be created in an architect's or a painter's vision.
"This series of paintings by Patricia Araujo is not a realistic depiction of any one Tomorrowland at any single point in time. It is, collectively, an artist’s fantasy, like a theme and variations in music, about the imaginative act involved in designing a representation of the future, seeing it built, seeing it get older. It unobtrusively reminds us that looking forward and looking back are closely connected.” (From the foreword by Jerome Tarshis, Art Critic).
Jerome Tarshis has written about art for Art in America, House and Garden, Vogue, Travel and Leisure, The Christian Science Motion, and many other publications. He lives in San Francisco.
Patricia Araujo was born in Miami, Florida, and she grew up in Bogota, Colombia. She began drawing at a very early age, always intrigued by architecture and form. After completing high school in Bogota, she moved to Northern California at the age of 19 and studied architecture, painting, and photography. In 2005 she obtained her second B.F.A in painting, from the San Francisco Art Institute. Araujo has been painting San Francisco’s central city architecture for over a decade. Her interest in the Mid-Market neighborhood continues, addressing the themes of urban growth and decay. She has been exhibiting in San Francisco since 1998. Her work has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle, ARTslant, Beyondchron, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. To view her complete portfolio and resume please visit: AbstractMetropolis.com