Metamorphosis II, 48" x 72", oil on canvas by Patricia Araujo

Patricia Araujo

Sausalito, CA - United States


Patricia Araujo was born in Miami, Fl, the daughter of Colombian parents. Her father was an architect at Walt Disney and during his last years he assisted with the development of Epcot Center. Patricia grew up in Bogota, Colombia and since childhood, she was enchanted by architecture and form - drawing arches and entrances, and designing imaginary floor plans. After completing high school in Bogota, Araujo moved to Northern California to pursue her college education. She studied architecture, painting, and photography. In 2005 she obtained her second B.F.A in Painting, from the San Francisco Art Institute.

For over a decade, Patricia Araujo has painted the facades of both iconic city landmarks and downtown buildings. Her paintings depict praiseworthy examples of San Francisco architecture, some utilitarian and others grandly ornamental. She's been bewildered by the architecture of cities she's lived and traveled to and by imaginary places. From 2008 to 2010, she dedicated a series of works relating to Tomorrowland and as of most recent she's devoted to painting the architectural wonders and forgotten treasures of "GGIE" (the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 at Treasure Island) - the last World's Fair of San Francisco Bay. Her interest in researching the urban landscape continues to grow, addressing the evolution and decay within a city. Araujo continues to deepen her conceptual themes on architecture, place and change in the urban landscape.

She has been exhibiting in San Francisco since 1998. Some of the venues exhibited include: Arc Gallery, Arttitud, Bayview Opera House, HANG ART, Roll Up Gallery, STUDIO Gallery, the Old Emporium, Pen Club Gallery in Budapest and most recent at the Old Mint with Treasure Island Museum. In 2008, she published her first book, entitled “SOMA SEEN”. Her work has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle, ARTslant, 7x7 SF, Huffington Post, Examiner, Beyondchron, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. To view her complete portfolio and resume online please visit: www.AbstractMetropolis.com

Artist statement

Since the late 1990's, I've painted San Francisco's central city architecture. While I lived in the area, I was enchanted by its rich architectural history and the decayed beauty that remains. I continue to paint both iconic city landmarks and abandoned downtown buildings, as an elegy to San Francisco's architectural past.

My fascination with domes, towers, sacred and municipal structures began with daily observations of the Golden Gate Theatre at Sixth and Market. My paintings depict praiseworthy examples of the city architecture, some utilitarian and others grandly ornamental. I portray survivors of Beaux-Arts San Francisco, such as the Hibernia Bank and the Old Emporium dome. Other notable landmarks include the Forgotten Fox Theatre, the Warfield, the Old Mint, Furniture & Carpets, the thermal plants of 6th & Jessie Streets, the Federal Building, The Marriott Hotel, and the new high rise additions in SoMa- the InterContinental Hotel and the tallest residential building in the city - One Rincon Hill.

My works are painted individually and some collectively, capturing panoramic views of the South of Market and beyond. My paintings highlight the exteriors of complete structures and also depict architectural fragments. Their style is largely abstract. Playfulness of forms, juxtaposed against painterly skies. Painted in bright colors, and opposing to its usual grey fog and in the hopes to bring an up-lift from the blight that has been present.

“Araujo reminds us that the buildings of our cities' commercial neighborhoods were architects' fantasies before they became assertive new realities and then, after the passage of time, objects of nostalgia.” (By Jerome Tarshis, excerpt taken from Araujo's book, "SOMA SEEN").

Local shows



"Abstract Senses"
Group show with Daylighted for 1st Thursday Art Exhibit
Opening: Thursday, April 6th, 6:00-9:00pm
The Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

"San Francisco History Days" at the Old Mint
Paintings by Patricia Araujo at the Vault
and Paintings of Pacifica by Araujo with Treasure Island Museum at Main Hall
Saturday, March 4th & Sunday, March 5th, 2017
San Francisco, CA

"California Women Artists" Group Show with Daylighted
First Thursday After party
at Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

Daylighted Featured Artist at Hotel Zephyr
Artworks by Patricia Araujo
Opening: Thursday, August 17th
Hotel Zephyr
250 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA

"Hospitality House 2016 Art Auction", group show
at the Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco
MOS Gallery, (Marin Open Studios Group Exhibit)
April 23-May 15th
Preview Gala Opening: Sat April 30th 5:00-8:00pm
50 Bon Air Center # 302
Greenbrae, CA 94904

Marin Open Studios
Saturday, May 14th & Sunday May 15th
Abstract Metropolis - Paintings by Patricia Araujo
2340 Marinship Way, Suite A
Sausalito, CA 94965
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