Portrait Art Shop and Expert Charcoal Workshops
Realistic Dark Art + Portrait Art Learning Experiences
Kate Zambrano is a fine artist based in California specializing in realistic portrait art and figurative art, made up mostly of females. Her work is a continual attempt to combine what she finds infinitely beautiful, vulnerability and strength together.
After leaving Texas at age seventeen, Kate studied psychology briefly in college before discovering that she was, in fact, more fascinated with the subject than the actual career. She moved to New York where she began to work frequently as a model to explore a new path of imagination. She loved working with other creatives to build a fabricated atmosphere, but the vapidness and insecurity of the industry drove her to find “more”.
These experiences shaped some of Kate’s biggest inspirations. Sometimes described as dark art, her work is a personal study of human psychology and complexity. She creates melancholic body languages and expressions, capturing the nuanced truth that we can’t help but communicate with our subtleties.
Art and Influences
Kate applies her major influences together in her work — an urge to understand human behavior and the beauty in expressive nuances. This has led to her melancholic, female-dominant art; mixing beauty with darkness, revealing a surprising message of uplift: no one is alone in sadness or struggle. Those states of existence are universal. By being in tune with it, she strives to create a sense of acceptance of one’s own struggle and empathy for it in others.
You can find fine art portraits and figurative pieces in the shop, which includes both originals and prints for sale.
New Available Work:
Kate offers charcoal drawing workshops to students of all experience levels. These workshops teach artists the techniques and tools needed to let go of self-imposed pressure and express themselves freely. Drawing is the most important aspect of realism, so she spends a lot of her workshops on how to draw as a foundation for both charcoal and painting. The more this technique is practiced, the better the artist’s foundation will be. Kate teaches a process and mindset to reliably use this skill every time you sit down to draw.
Somewhat against the grain, Kate doesn’t incorporate any “rules” into the workshops. Students are encouraged to discuss thoughts, feelings, and different approaches openly. Kate feels that it is much more enjoyable and enriching artistic journey with a community of artists around you where you are able to gain priceless inspiration, and improve your art in a welcoming environment.