"Being an artist has been a blessing, a self-discovery and a challenge.”
~ Adolfo Girala
The month of May brings us artist Adolfo Girala. Girala's art work is a representation of beauty, tranquility, and mystery.
Born in Havana, Cuba in the early 1960s, his childhood was filled with good times spent at the beach. Those days seemed wonderful and generated favorite memories - the Caribbean Ocean magnificent and endless sunny days with cool breezes. The colors of Cuba were so vibrant and alive and they continue to inspire Girala's work.
At the same time, the Cuban revolution had a progressively negative impact on Girala and his family. They were harassed for not being part of the communist party and his school years were full of fear and intimidation. In 1980, during the Mariel exodus, Girala and his family left the island in fishing boats.
Growing up, Girala didn't have the opportunity to come in contact with art due to social/family problems. The creative energy and his artistic passion were always in him but it wasn't until the 1990s that he was able to channel it to the blank canvas.
Girala states that passion and the desire to create something beautiful and unique drive his soul. He gets totally submerged in his work which is always an exploration - an adventure of something not explored before.
To be an artist, Girala feels you must learn to let go of yourself and dive into the realm of your inner world. Allow this inner world to guide you, to inspire you, to do the work for you. It is then that you become an instrument for the same creative power that created all that is. You must learn to trust and rely on your teacher within.
We look forward to introducing you to and showcasing Girala's work this October at the 13th annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival.
Deep Dive VII. 48" x 48".
46" x 60".
Secretos. 24" x 24". Mixed media on canvas.