Growing up Patti Garcia had only one doll, she called him Tony. He was her best friend in a world of little materials or possessions. She left Tony behind when her parents moved to the USA and even though she was gifted with many new toys, her doll was still her best toy. She since has left dolls and other playthings behind and has found a new meaning for these creatures. Dolls capture a time of innocence, a time of simple games. But they also have a mystery about them, “they have been misunderstood in a world of suspicion”, says Garcia, they have a sense of the past, an almost eerie and scary feel of souls living in them. This is what captivated her when she first started to photograph them. She has now been shooting images of dolls for more than ten years. They all live in a box, no one has seen them, only Patti finds them as treasures to her collection. “I would like to share these images with the rest of doll enthusiasts and artists who can see what I see” shares Garcia. She captures images that evoke emotion and allow the viewer to go back into their own time of simple memories.
An artist both with film and paint Patti Garcia shares her vision of life. From the simplicity of a baby’s hand to the complexity of how light wraps around a subject, she sees beauty in the smallest of things.
As a painter and photographer, she wants to incorporate the splendor of line, color and motion within the fabric of everyday existence. Patti found beauty at the birth of her two lovely daughters and now shares her visions and dreams with her grandbabies as well.
Patti Garcia picked up the camera at the age of ten. An immigrant from Colombia, South America, she felt lost in the English world, art was her door to acceptance, her voice to be heard. Trying to get accepted as an artist is a challenge that she faces every day while remaining true to her soul.
Patti received her MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University a BA in Film and Cinema from San Francisco State University and now, teaching her passion, Patti hopes to help others find their voice.
EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS
2017 10th Annual “Art Farm” group exhibition. Woodland CA
2016 Black Squirrel Studio Group Show. San Francisco CA
2016 Sacramento Fine Arts Center, group show. “It’s A Zoo Out There”
2014 Kennedy Gallery, group exhibition Abstract images. Sacramento CA
2013 Tieton Arts & Humanities Art Show, group exhibition “Color 55”
2013 Beacon Art Show, group exhibition, San Luis Obispo CA.
2012 Judged the 2012 Film Fest Wired Weekend at Hancock College. 2012 Digital Arts California: True Colors Exhibition.
2011 Magma Music Video, Mikhail Tank productions. LA CA.
2011 Directed and produced “Where Creative Minds Meet” for Community Access Television. Santa Maria CA
2011 Beacon Art Show, group exhibition, San Luis Obispo CA.
2011 “Palabras en Las Venas” Video of artist Enedina Castaneda. Santa Maria CA 2010 Works Gallery, “My Favorite Nightmare” Video San Jose CA.
2010 Red Berry Coffee Shop, solo exhibition. San Jose CA. 2009 SVACA Promotion Video, Santa Clara County.
2009 “My Little Kingdom” video for Mikhail Tank, performance artist. 2008 Redwood Café, Solo exhibition. Cotati, California.
1985 KQED, fundraiser exhibition. Solo exhibition. Indianapolis, Indiana. 1989 Student Show, IVTECH College, Columbus, Indiana.
1981-1986 Owner of Photography Studio “Patti’s Foto & Film”
1988 - Sat on the panel of judges for the “Children’s Film Festival” In Indianapolis, Indiana