Welcome to Monica Curiel Art
Explore a diverse collection of Monica Curiel's works on this website, ranging from sculptural paintings to functional plaster objects. At the center of Curiel's artistic expression lies a joyful celebration of her Mexican heritage and a tribute to the sacrifices her family made in pursuit of a brighter future.
Commission a Painting
Monica is currently accepting requests for custom paintings. This includes any commission requests through her partners Love House in New York and South Loop Loft in Chicago.
To begin your commission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
About the Artist
Monica Curiel, a first-generation Mexican American born in Texas to immigrant parents from Jalisco, México who work as laborers. As a child, she accompanied her parents to their work sites, spending time with her father on construction sites and helping her mother clean homes. These early experiences were instrumental in shaping her artistic practice, exposing her to the raw materials that form the foundation of her artistic palette, such as plaster, house paint, and grouting tools. By basing her creative practice around labor materials, each of her pieces becomes a celebration of her heritage and a way to honor the sacrifices that her parents and countless immigrants have made. Her work is influenced both by her culture and by her interdisciplinary education in interior design, fashion design, and fine art. Placing her pieces in spaces where Mexican immigrants are often stereotypically confined to roles such as cleaning or gardening, its presence reflects the American dream.
Press and Publications
Biggs, Caroline. “This Mexican American Artist Crafts Paintings and Furniture out of Plaster.” Business of Home, 7 Sept. 2023.
Lamb, Kelli "Art Therapy" RUE Magazine, 20 June 2023. Print.
Essen, Elia. “Swell Studio’s Onna Collection Opens in New York City.” NUVO, 15 May 2023.
Russeth, Andrew. “Painting With Plaster, Monica Curiel Finds a Release.” Untapped Journal,, 20 Mar. 2023.
Mcintosh, Monique. “This Denver Artist Plays with the Poetry of Plaster.” Luxe Interiors + Design, 23 Dec. 2022.
Owen, Katherine. “Creative License.” Boulder Lifestyle, Nov. 2022.
Brown, Kerrie Lee. “A Spotlight on Artist Monica Curiel.” Denver Life Magazine, 8 Nov. 2022.
Butwinick, Claire Butwinick. “Creative Humans: Monica Curiel.” Creative Humans: Monica Curiel - Hello Human, 17 Aug. 2022.
Singer, Jill. “The Best of the 2022 Salone Del Mobile - Part V.” Sight Unseen, 21 June 2022.
Goodman, Wendy. “What Wendy Goodman Loved at This Year's Milan Furniture Fair.” Curbed, 21 June 2022.
Kwun, Aileen. “Color, Craft and Comfort at Milan Design Week.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 13 June 2022.
Keh, Pei-Ru. “This Is America: 15 Diverse Design Practices Shine in Milan.” Wallpaper.com, Wallpaper*, 2 June 2022.
Todd, Laura May. “Salone Del Mobile 2022: Where to Go and What to See during Milan Design Week.” Architectural Digest, 25 May 2022.
Shoutout Colorado. "Meet Monica Curiel | Mexican American Contemporary Abstract Artist." Shoutout Colorado, 5 Apr. 2022.
Garcia, Maria. “Mexican-American Artist Monica Curiel Preserves Her Heritage with New Exhibit.” 303 Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022.
Voyage Denver. "Rising Stars: Meet Monica Curiel." Voyagedenver - Denver. 26 Oct. 2021.
Mitchell, Nicole. “Mexican-American Artist Monica Curiel on What Inspires Her.” The Pitch, 12 Apr. 2021.
Wescover. “Creator Spotlight: Monica Curiel.” Wescover, 9 Mar. 2021.
University of Kansas. "Student Spotlight | Monica Curiel" , Center for Undergraduate Research, 10 Oct. 2020.
NYCxDesign | Love House
New York, New York
This is America | Alcova
Herencia | Meno Studio
BFA Show at Union Gallery
Lawrence, Kansas Art In The Time Of Corona™, A Global Art ProjectDab Art Co., ARTSY