Telagio Baptista is a recent transplant of two years to Omaha, Nebraska. He is a professional watercolor realist, instructor, and art juror.
Born and raised in California, he has lived in Northern California since 1985. Before 1985, Telagio owned and operated a graphic design studio in Hawaii for 20 years.
His love for the visual arts resulted in his high school paintings that won national awards and were awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Fine Art Institute. Telagio finished his education with a BFA.
Telagio's watercolor paintings have won juried art competitions internationally, nationally, and regionally.
Telagio is a visionist in portrait, figurative, waterscape, and cityscape artists using various atmospheric painting techniques. He often utilizes negative space to give his images room to "breathe" and express a specific feeling or mood. Every painting tells a story.
He uses a limited palette, valuing simplicity and restful space. In his view, "watercolor is magical, an exotic medium with no boundaries." Telagio's images vary from entirely realistic to somewhat more impressionistic.
He embraces the notion that his best work is yet to come. Telagio remains open to new ways of perceiving and understanding as an artist.
Telagio conducts private and group watercolor workshops in Omaha, surrounding areas, and outer states. Encouragement and support for each student characterize his teaching method. He brings his God-given and professional painting skills and enthusiasm to each private and group workshop, encouraging his students to speak "loud and clear" with their hearts and brushes.
His art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that he stands behind the quality and value of his products.