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Photo by Diane Hernandez



As a child growing up in New York City, I loved creating art and instinctively sketched at the age of 8. As a woman my transition into oil panting allowed me to express myself on a more spiritual level. During my creative process I release energy and heighten my spirituality. Art helps me discover my inner strengths while allowing the viewer into my world.


I work from my home studio in the city of Chicago. I paint pieces inspired by my travels and experiences that touch my life. I use a variety of tools to create texture in my paintings, including pallet knives, brushes, sponges, combs and my bare hands. I work in layers, to add more depth and substance to my pieces. Oil paint is my favorite medium but I also love pastels, acrylics and mixed media. My work is a mix of expressionism and realism that evokes femininity, love, and my cultural roots through the dance of color.  

Shortly after Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico, I co-founded a non-profit organization, "Arte al Rescate". I felt compelled to do something in the relief efforts for Puerto Rico. After raising thousands of dollars with artwork from artists from across the world, I continue my crusade, making a difference every day in my community and abroad!

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        Painting takes me to a place where my soul dances,

        the colors are my music,

        at late hours in the night...

        when everyone is dreaming,

        my brush dances over my canvas and I am dreaming too.

                                                                              Janice Aponte





Meet Puerto Rican Oil Painter - Janice Aponte - of Aponte Art in Chicago, Illinois | Expressionism & Realism | Oils, Acrylics, Mixed Media on Canvas

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