Heidi Monterrubio

Heidi Monterrubio got her start in art as a child when her dad bought her a garage sale camera. She began photographing people's portraits in those days before digital, and still processes her own film and prints. Her close-up, telling photos from that old Pentax are cherished by many of her subjects around the world, and have been known to influence a future artist or two.

Heidi's own influences include children's art, folk art, and travel. While attending college in Austria, she developed an appreciation for the art of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele as well as German painter Paula Modersohn-Becker. During 2 years in Rome she painted in the style of Modigliani with the Governo Vecchio Artists' Guild, and later studied in Spain a stone's throw from the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. She frequently visits Mexico where she is constantly inspired by regional artisans and the spirit of Frida Kahlo.

Now in Pittsburgh, she can be found taking continuing education courses in Media Arts at Robert Morris University, creating new mixed-media pieces in her studio, or sharing her passion for art at Sweetwater. Exhibitions of her work include three consecutive years at LUPEC's Annual Art Show, the West Hills Art League Annual Show, an installation at the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, and Sweetwater's 2017 Turning Red exhibit. Her commissioned portraits hang in the homes of close friends, distant relatives, and a few professional hockey players.


When you or a family member is looking to take an art class, view an exhibition, or attend a cultural event, where do you turn? If you're like most in our community, you go to Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

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$100 Supports the purchases of ceramic studio glazes and supplies.
$50 Provides one art supply package for classes and workshops.

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