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Aguirre-Reyes - Oil Painter - El Paso, Texas, USA

Nora Aguirre-Reyes

El Paso, Texas, USA


Survival despite the many obstacles of life is the message conveyed in my paintings. The images I create portray the human experience through a placement of figures in specific situations. For example, I might put a person from the present in a 1950’s setting. As well, the setting in other images isn’t specific at all. I grew up admiring Norman Rockwell’s paintings. I really liked his ability to make everyday experiences seem so relevant. I feel this influenced my painting to some degree. I should point out though, that my themes are not idealized and most of the time the figures are facing the viewer as if to invite the observer into their world. Photographs of my family are used as source material. I find resemblances among family members from different generations to be fascinating. I’ve used my children as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. However, my great-grandma is one of my favorite subjects. She worked in the picking fields of California at the turn of the 20th century. I sense in her face a great deal of determination. She is never pictured smiling although; my mother says she was a quiet but sweet lady. What I hope people get from looking at my work is a sense that life is interesting, if we just take a moment to look at it.
~ Nora Aguirre-Reyes


Oil Painter


I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, specializing in Studio Painting. I work primarily with oil on canvas. I use photographs as references for portraits although, I paint free-hand. This makes it more challenging for painting the likeness of the person, but it is also more satisfying to me as an artist.
I also work with acrylics, charcoal, conte, pastels and pencil.



A ceramic bust finished with oil paint and mix media


Oil on canvas


A pencil life drawing

Painting, drawing and sculpture by Nora Aguirre-Reyes

These are a few examples of my work. I feel these pieces give the viewer an idea of my style.
My goal is always to use color and/or the placement of figures to create an atmosphere.

Qualifications & Certifications


The University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

Studio Art

University of Texas at El Paso

Mass Communications

El Paso Community College

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