Nina Sabina Caballero is an artist with a unique vision and exceptional technique and can channel her thoughts and insights into solid bodies of theme-specific work. Nina captures the inward journey through bold expression, whether figuratively or abstractly. Her style involves painting "from the inside out," allowing the image to unfold organically, layer upon layer. She intends to uplift and inspire the viewer with images that feed the heart and soul while offering reflective perspectives on all themes. Nina has a growing vision for her art and how she sees her place as an artist in this world. The ability to be intensely creative, coupled with an objective perspective on why she is doing what she does, singles her out as an artist of great vision and integrity.
"My art is as much an expression of my inner life and struggle to maintain equilibrium in a complicated world as it is about my deep observations and love of nature and the human spirit. The passion I feel while creating comes from my core and has always been the driving force in my life. As such, I compose each painting with the hope that you, the viewer, may find rest or pause for renewal and reflection in my creations. May the colors and interplay of light and shadow be restoring, energizing, and bring you peace. May the forms, symbolism, and craftsmanship intrigue your curiosity about what truly inspires my creativity.
I intend that my work contributes to our collective awakening by acknowledging our common need for greater awareness. Aspiring to observe more, feel more, and counter the atmosphere of superficiality that prevails in a culture that accepts what is easy, celebrates the banal, forgets the past, and is more connected to technology than the self. As a contemporary artist, my decidedly modern style is deeply rooted in classical artistic training in the tradition of the Old Masters. And while I enjoy covering a wide variety of subjects, I remain consistent throughout my work with a deep love and respect for beauty, human life, and nature. For me, painting is intuitive and highly symbolic, and the direction it takes each time I approach the canvas is often surprising, even to me."
- Nina Sabina Caballero
In the vibrant tapestry of Nina's artistic journey, the first strokes were laid at the tender age of five. Her canvas, initially filled with human figures, became a playground for creativity. Early on, the insightful guidance of her art teacher Raija Ortola ignited the flame of her innate talent.
Raija not only recognized Nina's gift but also became a guiding force, urging her to delve into art history and reach greater heights in her artistic pursuits. At the age of 11, a serendipitous encounter with Renaissance art became a transformative moment, casting a perpetual spell on her artistic vision.
In these formative years, the allure of masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli captivated her young imagination. Nina, even at a tender age, found herself entranced by Botticelli's masterpieces like The Birth of Venus and Primavera.
The spark of creativity ignited by Salvador Dali's surreal world further fueled her artistic awakening. At thirteen, she was enamored by Dali's Burning Giraffe and Palladio's Thalia Corridor, marking the blossoming of a lifelong love affair with the enchanting realm of art. By seventeen, she had intimately engaged with Dali's works, replicating two of his renowned pieces.
The first Fine Arts studies at AhlmanEdu embarked on Nina's fine art journey, a pivotal chapter in her artistic journey. The institute's dedication to excellence and its fine arts line, specifically designed for aspiring artists, provided her with a focused platform to refine her skills and prepare for art school entrance exams.
The curriculum, enriched with diverse art forms and techniques, coupled with individualized guidance and constructive feedback, laid the foundation for Nina's artistic growth during this transformative period.
2013 she embarked on a deliberate path toward becoming a professional artist. Alfa Taidekoulu, a private art school in Helsinki, Finland, became her sanctuary for learning, a space where my passion took on new dimensions.
Beyond foundational studies in the visual arts, she delved into a transformative three-year program, immersing herself in the techniques of the old masters. Since her teenage years, the luminaries of art history have been her guiding stars.
Having devoted three years to the study of the Renaissance Old Master's painting techniques, Nina has immersed herself in the rich and time-honored methods employed by the masters of classical art. This extensive exploration encompasses a nuanced understanding of the intricate craftsmanship, meticulous brushwork, and sophisticated layering techniques characteristic of the Old Masters.
Nina has not only mastered the technical aspects but has also embraced the underlying philosophies that define this esteemed tradition, infusing a profound sense of history and classical aesthetics into her own artistic practice. Through this intensive study, she has honed a skill set that pays homage to the timeless legacy of the Old Masters while contributing a contemporary perspective to the ongoing dialogue within the realm of fine arts.
In 2020, she pursued Professional Photography studies at Helsinki Design School, an institution renowned for its commitment to delivering high-quality education in the field. The program, led by esteemed professional photographers from the Finnish industry, provided a comprehensive curriculum covering various facets of the discipline.
The studies included Art, Advertising, Fashion and Magazine Photography. As well as Portrait, Nature and Documentary Photography. It incorporated essential photography techniques, such as camera functions, lighting, the use of filters, digital and film photography, and proficiency with various lenses.
She is presently engaged in academic pursuits at The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki), where she is undertaking a comprehensive curriculum in Fine Arts. Her studies encompass a diverse range of courses, including Socially Engaged Arts (SEA) practice, Curating, Fine and Studio Arts Management.
The University of the Arts Helsinki is recognized for providing the highest standard of education in music, fine arts, performing arts, and writing in Finland, Uniarts Helsinki stands as an international leader in arts education and research.