Catalina Moreno was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She came to the United States in 1984. She attended high school in Boston and graduated as valedictorian of her class. She attended Northeastern University and earned a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a brief technical career in industry, she switched to teaching for the Boston Public Schools, where she has worked for 24 years as a math teacher. Along the way she earned a Masters degree in Bilingual Studies at UMASS Boston. She now lives in Melrose with her husband and two children, Alejandro, age 14, and Leonardo, age 10.
Catalina began her artwork as a painter, using water colors as her primary medium. Eventually, she started to explore mosaics and oil paintings. Recently, Catalina worked with a women’s cooperative in Mexico to import hand made silver settings to create her mosaic jewelry. Her work includes a mosaic of media such as oil, acrylics, color pencil and glass work. Her work has been shown in local artistic places in the Boston Area. Catalina’s passion for the arts and teaching guides her to be creative and to teach young adults the principles of visual arts.
Catalina’s inspiration comes from her childhood. She spent a lot of time in the mountains of Colombia. The color and texture of the land and people inspires her with some of her creations. Traveling to the White Mountains in New England also motivated Catalina to create some of her work. Her jewelry is characterized by color, uniqueness and simplicity.