Ilaamen Pelshaw

Ilaamen Pelshaw

Omaha, NE, United States

About Ilaamen Pelshaw

I'm Latina visual artist born in Guatemala and based in the United States, and I create art that is colorful, warm and happy just like my heritage.

As a visual artist my preferred mediums are acrylic paint, graphite and digital-media, implementing geometric shapes and contrasting colors as recurrent elements in some of my pieces.

My art is about storytelling, exploring elements of everyday life and pop-culture aspects in a colorful and cheerful way; often focused on kindness and inclusion.

With a background in commercial graphic design and illustration, my paintings have a distinctive, strong figurative and graphic line.

Education

-Alternate Currents Working Group / Amplify Arts (2021)
- Artist Inc Omaha, (2018).
- Worked as Color Theory and Illustration Techniques* Instructor / San Pablo University, Guatemala City (2015) (*Graphite and Acrylics).
- Coursework in Fashion Image & Styling / Instituto Marangoni in Milano, Italy. (2007).
- Post graduate studies in photography and illustration from independent art academies, Guatemala (2000, 2004).
- Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design / Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala. (2000)
- Ríos Gallery, Art Academy (1993-1994)

Events

2021 - Selected as the Featured Illustrator for OSAF (Omaha Summer Arts Festival)

2021 - "Outstanding Group Exhibition" award by OEAA, to "The Voice of Our Roots" curated by UNO/OLLAS at El Museo Latino. An exhibition in which I participated.

2020 - Selected artist for the United States Department of State’s Art in Embassies program, with the piece “United We Live” being displayed at the US Ambassador’s residence in Kampala, Uganda.

2020 - Selected as one of the 10 artist for the Historic Posters Project curated by History Nebraska (HN), in partnership with the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC).

2020 - Board member of Citylight Arts Project. Omaha NE. USA

2020 - Selected as the Featured Illustrator for Virtual-OSAF (Omaha Summer Arts Festival)

2019 - Selected participation as part of the team for the Mayan Mural Project in Omaha NE.

2018 - Selected as one of the 'Latin American Illustration 7' winners by AI-AP for my painting 'FRIDA'.

2018 - Featured in a Saatchi Art's Collection

2018 - #3 Best emerging artist at ArtSlam18, event organized by FOA Omaha, NE.

2016 - Awarded participation in The Old Market Art Project in Omaha Nebraska, a collective exhibition.

Exhibitions

2021 - Annual group exhibition "Lotería VII" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA, USA.

2021 - Group Art Exhibition and Benefit, Citylight Arts Project, Omaha NE. USA

2021 - Group exhibition "Sappy Birthday", Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA. USA

2021 - Group exhibition "OEAA Awards Visual Artist Showcase", RBR Gallery, Omaha NE, USA.

2021 - Group exhibition "Friendship", Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA. USA

2020 - SOLO exhibition: "It's Been a Crazy Year" Sozo, Omaha NE, USA.

2020 - Group exhibition "LOTERIA! VI" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA. USA

2020 - Group exhibition "Animal Behavior" bG Gallery, Santa Monica CA. USA.

2020 - Group exhibition "Tales from Derry" SugarMynt Gallery, Pasadena CA. USA

2020 - Group exhibition "The Unusual Child" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA. USA

2020 - Group exhibition "OEAA Awards Visual Artist Showcase" RBR Gallery, Omaha NE, USA.

2019 - SOLO exhibition: "The Story Continues" Sozo, Omaha NE, USA.

2019 - Group exhibition "Tiny Treasures" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA. USA

2019 - Group exhibition "Mermaid" La Bodega Gallery, San Diego CA, USA.

2019 - Group exhibition "Skulls and Devils" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA. USA

2019 - Group exhibition "The Voice of Our Roots" curated by the Office of Latino Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. El Museo Latino, Omaha NE, USA.

2019 - Three-man exhibition, "So the Stories Go" Michael Phipps Gallery at the Omaha Public Library, Omaha NE, USA.

2019 - First Friday group show, Noyes Gallery, Lincoln NE, USA.

2019 - SOLO exhibition: "Color Theory" Connect Gallery, Omaha NE, USA.

2019 - "On Hire" Artist INC Cohort Exhibition, Michael Phipps Gallery at the Omaha Public Library, Omaha NE, USA.

2019 - Group exhibition "Cats" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA, USA.

2018 - Group exhibition "Tiny Treasures + One" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA, USA.

2018 - Group exhibition "Critters" Artless Bastard, DePere WI, USA

2018 - SOLO Exhibit: "Cultural Connections" Sozo, Omaha NE, USA.

2018 - Group exhibition "Grand Opening" Split Gallery, Omaha NE, USA.

2018 - Group exhibition "Chess" Gestalt Projects Gallery, Santa Monica California, USA.

2018 - SOLO Exhibit: "Contrast" Sozo, Omaha NE, USA.

2018 - Group exhibition "Room and Board in a Mushroom" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA, USA.

2018 - May group exhibit, Connect Gallery, Omaha NE, USA.

2018 - Group exhibition "Stripes" BG Project Space Gallery, Santa Monica CA, USA.

2018 - Annual group exhibition "Lotería IV" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA, USA.

2018 - Group exhibition "ArtSlam18" Bancroft Street Market, Omaha NE, USA.

2018 - Group exhibition "13th Anniversary Show" Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA, USA.

2017 - SOLO Exhibition "Coffee Time" Sozo, Omaha NE, USA.

2017 - Group exhibition "New Artists Grid" BG Project Space Gallery, Santa Monica CA, USA.

2017 - Group exhibition "OEAA Awards Visual Artist Showcase", Gallery 72, Omaha NE, USA.