Araújo’s love for art started at the early age of six when she discovered the incredible joy of drawing and painting. There was not a day she could go to sleep without drawing some kind of story exclusively with pens on newsprint paper.
Her parents, avid supporters, decided to enroll her in Juvenilia; a local art academy in Cali – Colombia, where she immersed herself into many children’s workshops, learning and experimenting with many mediums and techniques.
At age 15 she began taking classes with the renowned figure drawing painter Juan Fernando Polo in Cali Colombia. El Taller del Artista, held by this Master, gave her the basics of the genre, making the female figure her ultimate choice and subject of her art. Through the figure, Araújo manages to conceptualize her stories and showcase the female as the protagonist of her work.
In 1991 she moved to the United States and continued her artistic career enrolling in the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where she graduated in 1993 with a degree in Advertising Design. She continued her studies at Lynn University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Arts. Both careers have proven symbolic in her artwork, as the influence of Graphic Design is now visible in the way she treats color, typography, layout, and the multiplicity of the paneling in her work.
In between these studies, she continued producing and exhibiting her creations, not only as part of her continuous studies but also to follow her own artistic practices. Being serious and committed to her art, Araújo enrolled and finished a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts program with a concentration in drawing and printmaking in 2015. Printmaking has been a detriment for Araújo as is through this technique, that she gets to express the multitude of ideas that are constantly in her head.
In 2020, after being considered for many printmaking residencies in Europe, she decided to accept the art residency in Belgrade, Serbia, where she resided until 2022. This enriching opportunity gave her the chance to apply and participate at many art fairs in Spain, moving her practice to that country. This year she has projected 4 fairs, one solo exhibition, and 4 collectives; already a capstone year for her practice.
Araújo is a passionate artist that continues to research, experiment, and conceptualized bodies of work that deal with the human condition, based on real stories; either told or experimented. Her work has the power to transmit sentiments with raw honesty and simplicity, in an array of color combinations and layers of symbolism that she presents in many printmaking techniques.
Her constant development, experimentations, consistency, and tenacity, along with her talent, view of color, and direct power of communication, are sure to lead her far into the art world. Doris Araújo is for sure a Contemporary artist that we must continue to watch for many years to come.
2013 – 2015
Miami International University of Art & Design, Miami, FL
Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts
2002 – 2003
Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL
Professional Art Teacher Certification
1994 – 1996
Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
Bachelor of Science, Design
1991 – 1993 Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Associate of Science, Advertising Design
2022 Casasur Art Lab, Madrid, SPAIN
2022 Fig Bilbao, Bilbao, SPAIN
2022 BADA Art Fair, Madrid, SPAIN
2022 Faculty Exhibition. The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery. Davie, FL, USA
2021 Magzin, Belgrade, SERBIA
2021 Without Borders, Elysium Gallery. Wales, ENGLAND
2021 Faculty Exhibition. The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery. Davie, FL, USA
2020 (DIS)obedient, ArtServe. Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
2020 My Country, Historical Museum of Bosnia & Herzegovina. SARAJEVO
2019 Dis(content), Universidad de Los Llanos in Villaviciencio, COLOMBIA
2019 Turning Points. Artnauts. Royal University of Fine Arts, CAMBODIA
2019 Drn2it. 1310 Gallery. Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
2019 Invictus. Artnauts. UGANDA
2019 Nudenite. Tampa, FL, USA
2019 Art Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
2018 Connection. Artnauts. European House, Zagreb, CROACIA
2018 Hegira & Other Passages. Artnauts. Gradska Galerija, Bihac, BOSNIA
2018 Standout Prints. Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Minneapolis, USA
2018 Hispanic Heritage. Bailey Hall. Davie, FL, USA
2018 Liminal Spaces. Artnauts. DMZ Zone, KOREA
2018 III Bienal Internacional de Estampa. Guanajuato, MEXICO
2018 Arts Des Femmes, An All-Female Art Show, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
2018 Nudenite. Orlando, FL, USA
2018 Colors. Design Village Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
2017 Layers. 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
2017 Nude Nite. Miami – Wynwood, FL, USA
2017 Printmaking Biennial. Museo Jose Guadalupe Posada, MEXICO
2017 Faculty Exhibition. The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery. Davie, FL, USA
2017 Hispanic Heritage. Bailey Hall. Davie, FL, USA
2017 Gritty in Pink. Bailey Art Contemporary Center. Pompano Beach, USA
2017 Pop Art Show. Design Sublime Gallery. Little Haiti, FL, USA
2016 Art Basel & Christmas Show. Artium Gallery. Wynwood, FL, USA
2016 Faculty Exhibition. The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery. Davie, FL, USA
2015 unWRAPPED. Art Serve. Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
2015 The Perfect Life, solo exhibition. The Artisan Lounge Galleries I & II. Miami, FL, USA
2014 What Those Who Teach Can Do, Art Educators. Miami, FL, USA
2014 Broward Art Education Association Juried Exhibition – 3rd Place Winner. Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, USA
2013 Not Like Before, Kimball Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
2013 Process, Bakehouse Art Complex. Miami, FL, USA
2013 Color, Line, and Figure, solo exhibition. Galeria CdE. Cali, COLOMBIA
2012 Broward Art Education Association, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
2011 Something Sweet, Studio 18 at the Pines. Pembroke Pines, FL, USA
2011 Small Works VII Art Educator’s Exhibition, Little Havana, FL, USA
2011 Dade Art Education Association Juried Group Exhibition. MIU, USA
PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS
2020 Art Catalog, My Country, Historical Museum of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Sarajevo Winter Festival
2019 Magazine, Arte Al Límite, Santiago de Chile.
2018 Art Catalog, “Liminal Space”, Artnauts, Korea Exhibition.
2018 A5 Magazine, United Kingdom, June Issue.
2017 Book “Face-Off”. Exile Books, Little Haiti, Fl.
2017 Catalog/Magazine “Gritty in Pink Exhibition”. Pompano Beach, Fl.
2013 Newspaper “El Pais”. Cali, Colombia. June 20, 2013. Arts Section.
2013 Newspaper “El Tiempo”. Bogota, Colombia. June 20, 2013. Arts Section.
2013 Magazine “Gaceta”. Bogota, Colombia. July 2013.
2018 Colorado Artists’ Work to Be Displayed at Korea’s DMZ Museum, 5280 Denver’s Mile High Magazine, Denver, CO, June 20, 2018.
2018 Walsh, Kathy, CU ‘Artnauts’ Shed Light On Social Injustice in Korea, Channel 4, Denver, CO, June 12, 2018
2013 Personal Interview. “Cita con Rafa” Friday Cultural Magazine. 06/13, episode 08/03
2013 Short Interview for “Art Clips” La 14 Independent Channel. 06/13
2013 Short Interview for “Cultural Weekend”. Telepacifico Channel. 06/13
2013 Interview “Morning Show”. Telepacifico Channel with Johana Trujillo.
2013 Interview with other artists “Por la Tarde”. telepacifico Channel.06/13
2018 Honorable mention: Broward Art Guild, Fort Lauderdale
2014 Broward Art Education Association, Faculty Art Show / 3rd Place.
2011 Dade Art Education Association, Faculty Art Show / Chosen year-round exhibition piece.
2006 Hands-on-Miami 30’ x 8’ mural done in walkaway at Poinciana Park Elementary.
2005 Printing Association of Florida (PAF) Print Awards Competition:
Best Christmas: Card Franklin Communications
2004 Printing Association of Florida (PAF) Print Awards Competition:
Best Christmas: Card Franklin Communications
Best Brochure: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
1984 UNICEF Worldwide poster painting contest. New Dehli, INDIA
This continuous body of work is about today’s women:
Always eager to begin new endeavors, wanting to become whatever her heart desires, following her own plans and intuition. But even after is known possible to accomplish so much, this woman is still bombarded with rules and impositions presented through our own society that sometimes hinders the way she lives.
The “Multiples” projects are intended to question and reconsider these influences by raising awareness and lifting spirits through works that showcase the sublime beauty of being a female, capable of enhancing our power and self-esteem.
Printmaking allows me to produce multiples, thus, with each color, I am representing different women. By doing so, as a collective, we speak louder, hoping for many to listen.
I believe this repetition is as important as the words that are sometimes included in the pieces because it allows me to be direct and effective, which is also, the intention of my art.