Ciara Barsotti


My work is heavily inspired by Western and Sci-Fi stories, including the UFO folklore of the American Southwest. I develop each new painting based on color combinations or specific geological landmarks that catch my eye. The architectural elements in some of my paintings are inspired by the "ancient aliens" theory and are meant to evoke a sense of "future past." The figures in my work are all female, partly because I find the female figure more fun to draw and partly because my work is about our connection with the land, and there is a strong cultural connection between planet Earth and femininity. I use glassine or tracing paper to add these figures to the paintings because it lends itself to a ghostly or multi-dimensional look, as the figures are interacting with but not affecting the landscapes. My hope is that the work inspires viewers to consider their own relationship with the land we call home.


American artist Ciara Barsotti was born in Dublin, Ireland, raised in California, and currently lives in Virginia with her husband and two cats. She fell in love with the desert after taking a plein air painting trip to southern Utah, and later discovered that her Great Grandma was also a southwest landscape painter.


2019 Hashtag Art Mag Blog (online interview)

2018               Odd Duck Press Blog (online interview)

2018               Southwest Art Magazine: 21 Under 31 (September issue, online and print)

2018               Voyage Phoenix: The Thought-Provokers (online interview)

2018               BOOOOOOOM.com (online)

2018               Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pg 48


2017                SF Bay Area Regional Semi-Finalist: Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series


Sept 2019 Space Cowgirls, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

April 2019 Space Cowgirls, Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD

May 2018      Space Cowgirls, Iveta Gourmet, Santa Cruz, CA

Jan 2018        Space Cowgirls, Mandala Holistic Studio, Santa Cruz, CA

Dec 2017        Animal Studies in Ink, Palace Arts, Santa Cruz, CA

Aug 2017        Space Cowgirls, The Abbey, Santa Cruz, CA

July 2017        Space Cowgirls, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz, CA

Jun 2017         Space Cowgirls, Coffee Cat, Scotts Valley, CA

Dec 2014        The Buffalo Show, The Bagelry, Santa Cruz, CA

Nov 2014        The Buffalo Show, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, CA


2020             Art of the Cosmos, Los Angeles, CA

2019               Present from the Past, Art League Rhode Island, Providence, RI

2017               Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

2016               Student Showcase, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA


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