Adrianna Alejo Sorondo

Paintings & Mixed Media

My work is focused on ritual and genetic memory, highlighting the spiritual and physical resilience of people over time through the tending of gardens, turning poison into medicine

A self-taught painter and muralist who trained as an anthropologist, Sorondo’s work is rooted in symbol- ism, language, and performance. She grew up in and proudly represents the Highway City area of West Fresno, and her work embodies a resourceful way of seeing the world and of processing the environment around her. 

As a muralist, Sorondo is no stranger to incorporating the visual material of the city into her paintings. She uses materials she collects from the empty lots, construction zones, and markets of Fresno and the surrounding area — roof shingles, discarded signage, boards used in roadside construction — as starting points for her paintings and collages. Their irregular shapes, scratches, and marks become an integral part of her works. Despite the roughness of these materials, Sorondo’s work is characterized by precision, lightness of touch, and patience: many objects remain in her studio for years, accumulating brushstrokes, layers, and small accretions over time. 

Sorondo incorporates images of plants, foods, and tools used in food and farm labor into her work. Ab- stracted and delicately outlined, these items float in fields of vibrant color. In addition, many of the plants that appear in her work are used in traditional healing practices, and for Sorondo, their presence in paint- ings represents a reclamation of indigenous motifs and abstraction. 

For more information about the artist and to purchase work,
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http://www.alejosorondo.com


BIOGRAPHY

Adrianna Alejo Sorondo is a mixed media artist, muralist, and naturalista. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College, the Galleries at San Francisco State University, and the Alena Museum, Oakland, CA. Recently completed and in-progress mural commissions include the ACLU Northern California Offices, Arte Americas, and Fresno Barrios Unidos. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University. 

This exhibition is presented by the Fresno Yosemite International Airport Arts & Culture program, which aims to welcome travelers to the Central Valley and showcase original works by artists who call this vibrant and diverse region home.


This exhibition is presented by the Fresno Yosemite International Airport Arts & Culture program, which aims to welcome travelers to the Central Valley and showcase original works by artists who call this vibrant and diverse region home.