Biography

About Ali Amaro

Ali Amaro creates art jewelry and objects that celebrate heritage, culture, and connection to place. She uses repurposed heirlooms, found objects, travel mementos and keepsakes collected over the years as the inputs to her pieces. Ali appreciates materials that have a past, that are full of texture and color, and that can be reworked to tell a new story.

In addition to working with alternative materials, Ali makes contemporary jewelry in sterling silver and gold with precious gemstones. She is interested in pattern, repetition, transformation, and the creativity that emerges when working within constraints. She enjoys working on commissioned pieces as well as limited-edition collections.

In December 2013, Ali opened a showroom and gallery space in historic Point Richmond, California where she features her work and select guest artists. Ali holds a BFA in Jewelry/Metal Arts from the California College of the Arts and an MBA in Marketing from the University of New Mexico. Prior to becoming a metalsmith, Ali was an international development consultant based in Mozambique, Africa where she lived for nearly five years. Originally from New Mexico, she has also spent extended periods in Brazil, Italy, and Texas before finding home in Point Richmond.

Education

  • BFA in Jewelry/Metal Arts, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, 2013
  • MBA in Marketing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2003
  • International student exchange at IBMEC Business School, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2000-2001
  • BA in Latin American Studies and Portuguese, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2002

Shows and Expositions

  • Ali Amaro | Art Jewelry & Objects, Point Richmond, California. Ongoing exposition.
  • Origins and Routes, BFA Thesis Exposition, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California. 2013.
  • 360 Degrees, a Ring Show. group exhibition, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California. 2013.
  • American Craft Council Exhibition (ACC), California College of the Arts student and alumni booth. San Francisco, California. 2012.
  • “Lost and Found” group exhibition, D+H Sustainable Jewelers. San Francisco, California. 2012.
  • “FYI” First Year Show, California College of the Arts. Oakland, California. 2010.
  • “Sprung Show”, Refined by Fire Art Gallery. Point Richmond, California. 2010.
  • “As Mãos” Mozambican National Crafts Fair. Maputo, Mozambique. 2008.
  • “As Mãos” Mozambican National Crafts Fair. Maputo, Mozambique. 2007.
  • Café com Letras Crafts Fair. Maputo, Mozambique. 2006.

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