Amy E. Vialpando was born in Laramie, Wyoming in 1972.
In high school, her artistic skill became recognized when she received awards at the Laramie County Art Fair. She was nationally recognized by Dow Chemicals as one of the top 50/1000 applicants in the Earth Day Art Exhibit, 1989. Her piece entered was framed by Dow Chemicals and went on tour to eight different states. In 1992, she entered the Mazda Art Car competition. Hoping for a new car, she did not win, but she did receive national recognition for, again, being within the top 50/1000 applicants. She was awarded several college art scholarships. In 1995, she graduated with a BFA from the University of Wyoming.
For the next six years, she found art opportunities as a sign maker, a screen printing art director, a graphic designer for a public relations and marketing firm. She worked as a free-lance graphic designer for a variety of clients while making art to sell at art festivals. This is when she decided to focus her energy and resources more directly on her art.
Since moving to Loveland, Colorado in 2001, she has been fortunate enough to generate business through word of mouth with a wide range of commissions, making art for charitable donations, belly casting for pregnant women, and selling original oils and acrylics. She, also, makes her own “canvas” out of handmade paper which provides a unique texture to her work. She has been active in local and national art exhibits. Building a body of contemporary art work that reflects her maturity as an artist is a goal currently underway.
As of September 1st, she was welcomed into the artist community called Artworks Loveland. Amy has expanded her business to this downtown studio (310 N. Railroad Avenue, Studio 210) where she
is using it primarily for painting and bringing a new focus to her work. She is inspired by the nurturing work space opportunities that Artworks Loveland provides, as well as by, the amazing professional artists that also, share the space.