Artist@Work – Alba Páramo

Name: Alba Páramo

Profession: visual artist, with a focus on etching and screen printing

Background: Alba’s first career choice was ballet dancing, unfortunately this career was short lived. After this she slowly ended up in the art world, partly because she grew up in it and it therefore felt very natural to her.

Instagram: @albaparamoart

How did you end up at AGA LAB?

I moved from New York city to Amsterdam and was looking for a place to do printmaking. I literally googled “printmaking workshop” and AGA LAB appeared.

How long have you been coming to our studio?

2 years

What are you working on now? What is your main medium?

I mainly do etching and I recently launched my clothing brand called Alba Paramo Studio. It consists on limited editions of screen printed sweatshirts and t-shirts.

As for now I am also working on growing my portfolio.

What is your goal at AGA LAB?

To keep on developing my technique as a printmaker and learn from the other artists that come work here. I would love to go further into the lithography technique.

What is your process?

I don’t really plan things. If I have an idea, I just start and see where it goes. Usually I first choose the technique and then an idea comes to what I work out.

Who or what inspires you?

I am very inspired by dreams and animals. Also by pre-columbian art, Mexican and Egyptian art. I have a deep attachment to my Mexican heritage and the way I was raised: being proud of your own culture and maintaining it. Furthermore, I have always been fascinated by ancient Egypt.


Imagery:

  • head: El Sueño de Salva II, Alba Páramo, aquatint gouache and gold pigment
  • top: Alba Páramo at work in AGA LAB
  • bottom: El Gallo Azul, Alba Páramo, hard ground etching