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Nilda Alina Trevor Pino

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DOB:3rd January 1961
Place of Birth:Caborca, Sonora, Mexico
Painting Style:Mouth Painter
Member of MFPA since:    1991
Nationality:Mexico

I was born in the City of H. Caborca, Sonora, Mexico on January 3, 1961. I am the youngest of 7 siblings. From a very young age I showed an interest in painting, and when I started grade school, at age 7, I started painting with wooden color pencils, wax and pencils. When I was asked by my classmates and teacher as to my aspirations, I always responded the same, a painter. On one occasion when I was in 3rd. grade of primary, the teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Some answered: astronauts, fire fighters or policemen, and I answered once again, "a painter”. So everyone laughed because they thought I wanted to be a painter with the thick brush used for walls. During secondary school I collaborated with my brother Jorge with some drawings related to road safety for the company Bimbo del Noroeste. In 1980 I started preparatory school and I received honors for being a good student.
A few days before my 17th birthday in 1981, while crossing the corner of a street on my way to school, I was hit by a car. The results were very serious injuries to my spinal column in the 3rd and 1th cervical vertebrae. I was in the hospital for a few months fighting for my life. On one occasion, when I was going to have surgery on my spinal cord in Saint Mary´s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, I suffered a cardiac arrest. The doctors apparently were not aware that I had had pneumonia and had been in bed for 11 days prior at the Hermosillo clinic in Sonora. My heart stopped for 2 minutes and 15 seconds. A nun at the hospital told my mother, my brothers Jorge and Rogelio and my brother in law Juan Lizárraga to leave the room because I had died. Then my mother asked God with much faith to let me live and she would take care of me no matter what were the results of my future condition. God granted my mother the miracle and allowed me to live.
After much suffering, struggles and therapies, I started my recuperation very slowly. My great faith in God and in the Virgin of Guadalupe, my parents´ and my family´s love, my friends´ prayers and those people that, without ever meeting me, prayed for my health, I got the strength to continue living. As part of my rehabilitation, I started doing what I had always liked, to paint. But I did this with the help of a special device that I can hold in my mouth. In the month of September I returned home and in November of 1981 I created my first oil painting titled "Dawn”. My mother has always been a very important person in my life. Besides offering all her support and love, she has remained always at my side to help me in all my needs. Since the accident, I have continued to have periods of tiredness and pain, but I try to overcome them since my desire to paint motivates me to continue forward every day.
I consider that one of my greatest achievements has been to be a part of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of which I became a part of in September of 1981. Thanks to their international promotion, my work, as well as those of my other peer painters, is known and accepted in the world. I am very proud to be a part of this Association that has done so much for me and for hundreds of artists. I spend part of my time giving conferences to young people about the value of life, saying "no” to drugs and the prevention of accidents, as well as write poetry.
As to the themes of my work, I love the desert because I was born there. I feel that my character has been influenced by it since I have stolen its colors to transfer them onto my canvass. The desert is violent, aggressive and harsh, but it is also tender and beautiful, with an enormous vitality and coloring. I give thanks to God for waking up every morning and enjoy the air caressing my face; I enjoy the flying of birds and butterflies, the beauty of flowers and the feel of love from my family which has a supreme value. This allows me to give the best of myself and reflect it in my work and my poems, where I can communicate my spiritual peace and my greatest longing to live.
It has also been an incentive to have been the inspiration of a song by Mr. Carlos Del Pino in 1981 and a classic piece in 2002 by classic guitarist Eugenio Gutiérrez, besides a few poems that have been written for me, and countless recognition that adorn the walls of my house. One of my greatest satisfactions has been to receive recognition by the International Association of the Lions Club on November 8, 1986, where my achievements are recognized as well as my wishes for self improvement and my great love of life.
In 1986 I held an exhibition at the Templo Histórico (Historic Temple) of Caborca, Sonora, and in the book where visitors sign a girl wrote a letter saying that thanks to me and my painting, she was going to abandon drugs; she was only 18 and felt as though she was 80. This to me has been an incentive to continue painting and offering conferences that will help motivate others to move forward, conquering obstacles that seem to us like large mountains, and all with the faith in God and the family´s support. I also learned that at least 2 people that had tried suicide decided to continue living when their families talked about me and giving value to what God had given them; all this was somehow influenced by my work. I experienced another great satisfaction when the Rotary Club of Caborca, A.C. named me as the "Distinguished Person” in 1991.
I participated in a contest called El Encuentro de Dos Mundos (the Meeting of Two Worlds) with 1 pieces. The tour was between Sonora and Italy from 1992 to 1993. I also participated in the Cuarta Bienal de Artes Plásticas del Noroeste (the Fourth Biennial of Plastic Arts in the Northwest) contest in October of 1993. I was the godmother of the first generation of students (1991-1997) from the technical secondary school in Luis Donaldo Colosio in 1997. On September 6, 1998 I was in Segno Trento, Italy at the inauguration of the Museum of Padre Eusebio Franscisco Kino, an invitation I got from the Associazone Culturale Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, to exhibit 13 pictures permanently of Las Misiones del Padre de la Pimeria Alta, who founded the city H. Caborca, Sonora and 23 more missions in the state of Sonora and Arizona.
I was also named Woman of the Year 1998 by the Professional and Business Women´s Club. It was a big honor to have the Therapy and Rehabilitation Basic Unit Alina Trevor Pino named after me. This happened during the municipal administration of Dr. Cesar Salgado Arrizon and inaugurated by the Governor of the State of Sonora, Armando López Nogales, in September of 1999. The students, teaching and administrative personnel of CONALEP (North American Consortium for the Collaboration in Higher Education) decided to name their library after me in the year 2000. In May of 2001, I held en exhibition in the Arts Prescott Gallery in the Sister City of Caborca, Prescott, Arizona. Another wonderful experience was when I was named Lifetime Member of the Sister City Association of Prescott, Arizona, U.S.A. in January 2002. I received a recognition testimony from the Governor of the State of Sonora and the Sonorense Cultural Institute for my participation in the Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado XVIII Cultural Festival, in the City Álamos Sonora in January of 2002. A very emotional event happened when the musical band of the secondary school No. 22 of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, named me their Honorary Godmother on April 5, 2002. On February 23 and 21 of 2002, I had an individual exhibition and conference at Casa Club de Playa Elegante Trailer Park (Beach Club House) of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, within the framework of the Festival Cultural del Desierto (Cultural Desert Festival) of the Sonorense Institute of Culture. In February 2002, I had a permanent exhibition of various pieces of my work at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora.
On April 6, 2003, the National Lottery printed an image of my work in their Zodiac tickets called La Misión de la Purísima Concepción of H. Caborca, Sonora.On October 16, 2003, the Professional and Business Woman´s Club, A.C. gave a presentation called "Alina Trevor Pino, me gusta vivir, vida y obra” (Alina Trevor Pino, I like to live, life and work), in the 2nd. Women´s Characters in the Arts and Culture Symposium in Sonora, organized by the Sonorense Institute of Culture, which was a part of the book that was edited. On June 12 and 30 of 2001, I held a collective exhibition in the Art Gallery Cuadro Arte Latino, in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
I have been interviewed in different televised shows which have been one of the greatest experiences I´ve had in my formation as an artist. Some of these have been: The TV show Sábado Gigante in Miami, Florida hosted by Don Francisco in July 1991, the show by Cristina Saralegui in December 1993, and in March 1996 the Cristina Show in Miami, Florida, Conociendo Sonora y Sonora Total of the Telemax channel, the Hermosillo, Sonora channel 12, and TV Azteca. I was also interviewed by reporter Angélica Atondo for channel 13 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. in the program La Fuerza del Sexo Débil (The Strength of the Weak Sex), in May 2001. I was also interviewed by Televisa for the news program of Lolita Ayala in the inauguration of the exhibition of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists in the Federal District in October of 2005. Similarly, I have been interviewed by different newspapers like The Impartial, La Voz del Norte, The Daily Courier from Prescott, Arizona, and the Rocky Point Times Newspaper from Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, and many more. I have also participated in interviews held by local and state level radio stations. On July 9, 2008, I held an individual exhibition and conference in the Hotel Peñasco del Sol, in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. On March 10, 2009, I held another individual exhibition and a conference for the workers of Mina La Herradura, Grupo Fresnillo, in honor of the International Woman´s Day, in Mina´s auditorium.
To date, I´ve painted more than 850 works of art and participated in 120 exhibitions and conferences approximately. I am very grateful to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists for giving me the opportunity to develop my talent and share it with everyone by means of calendars and Christmas cards. Their support has allowed me the financial independence to live with honor and dignity with the effort I give to my work.
I LIKE TO LIVE I LIKE TO LIVE…! SINCE GOD CHOSE OUR SOUL AND GAVE US A BODY WHY NOT LIVE WE HAVE TO ENJOY EACH MOMENT OF HEALTH, LOVE AND PEACE… AND WHEN WE AWAKE BE GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR SLEEPING WELL, FOR BREATHING WITHOUT GRIEF, FOR BEING ABLE TO SEE THE BLUE SKY, FOR BEING ABLE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC, FOR BEING ABLE TO SMELL THE PERFUME OF FLOWERS, FOR BEING ABLE TO SAVOUR FRUITS, FOR BEING ABLE TO FEEL THE TOUCH OF MY LOVED ONES, FOR BEING ABLE TO WALK, RUN OR BEING ABLE TO THINK THAT IN THE FUTURE "I WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT” WE MUST ENJOY EACH DAWN AND STILL ADMIRE THE SLEEPY RAYS OF THE SUN, ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE SEA, THE SMILE OF A CHILD, THE COMPANY OF A FRIEND, THE BUTTERFLY THAT KISSES THE FLOWERS, FOR ALL THIS AND MUCH MORE "I LIKE TO LIVE” NILDA ALINA TREVOR PINO September 29, 1993


Paintings of Nilda Alina Trevor Pino
Sorrel Shift
by Nilda Alina Trevor Pino
Juice Of The Desert
by Nilda Alina Trevor Pino
Indian Rock
by Nilda Alina Trevor Pino
Lens of a Naturist
by Nilda Alina Trevor Pino
Prancing Butterflies
by Nilda Alina Trevor Pino
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