Painting / Photography
Ada Trillo is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Born on the American/Mexican border, she is influenced by the rich cultural heritage of theSouthwest and Mexico, traveling there frequently to inspire her artistic practice. Trillo’s work is based on imagery and symbols related to Latin culture and characterized by gold powder and gold leaf. She studied in Italy and Philadelphia, and her work has been featured in solo, two-person, and group exhibitions. Trillo is represented by RacsoGallery and Twenty-Two Gallery in Philadelphia.
I was born and raised on the borders of Mexico and the United States—the rich cultures, dynamic landscapes, and iconography of both countries have had strong influences on me and my art practice. In my mixed media paintings, I incorporate historically significant Mexican images, symbolic of transformation, impermanence, and power, along with gold powder and gold leaf to express a contemporary point of view. Throughout Mexico’s history, symbolism has
been a major part of everyday life — Bull skulls serve as memento mori, reminding one of the transience of life, that a strong, dignified bull will be reduced to bone and returned to the earth, or graceful butterflies, whose life cycles reflect the transformative possibilities that reside in all people. In my latest series of paintings, I focus on American, retro-inspired compositions of biomorphic shapes playing against one another, producing energetic paintings that reflect who I am as a proud Latina and my contribution to a bold and flourishing America.