Music paints a picture, colors sing. Bold and vibrant colors are emotional synonyms for happiness and exhilaration. I’m exploring the youthful innocence of a peaceful coexistence between music, nature, people, and the power of color, shape, and movement. Aware of both the beauty and ugliness in life, I choose positive, healing energy. Listening to the music in my mine, influences the colors, rhythm and movement in my artwork and guides me. I feel the raw energy and excitement of each painting unveiling its song. That combination and my diverse experience in various cultures, inspires my art. Each piece a journey filled with optimism, playfulness and the serenity of a simple beautiful moment. If I can bring joy to you, then I’ve done my job.
Hi, I’m Dalia. An American painter and bilingual singer-songwriter. I grew up in Madrid, Spain and Irmo, South Carolina. I have now lived in Nashville, Tennessee for over 25 years. I’m a graduate of University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. As a U.S. military daughter, I grew up traveling like a modern nomad. In Europe, for seven and a half years, I was surrounded by all types of cultures, art and architecture. Lucky to have many passions, music took me around the world, singing backup and a duet with Julio Iglesias for 8 world tours. I also landed two record deals, one with Universal Music, and have performed with numerous bands over the years. So far, I have traveled to 55 countries. A journey that has opened my eyes to myriad cultures and possibilities. With a sketchbook in hand, and painting whenever possible, I was never far away from my art. I’ve always thought of visual art and music as co-existing, both influencing the other. In 2012, I created the artwork for an album. That inspired the painting style I call, “In Living Color.” After years on the road, only painting part time, the moment was right for my artwork to take center stage. The Pandemic allowed me the time to focus solely on my art. I went wild painting, letting my imagination and passion roam free. Since immersing myself in the artworld these last few years, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to exhibit a good bit around Nashville and surrounding cities. I’ve been selling paintings, doing commission pieces and murals. Always excited to explore all the possibilities and opportunities that come my way and enjoying my roller coaster journey!
2024 – 1st Number: Inc. Magazine Event Hosted by Kathleen Boyle and her Red 225 Gallery, Feb 03 - March 30, Group Exhibit, 507 Hagan St, Suite B, Nashville, TN 37203
2023 – Alumni of Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training, one of 25 artists chosen by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, Nashville, TN
2023 – Collaborative Contemporary Art Exhibit - Here We Are Now, July 15 - Aug 19, Art Exhibit Highlights the Multicultural Perspective of a Dynamic Group of Artists, MTSU, Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
2023 – The Artists of Armory at Advent Design Headquarters, Starting Apr 2023 and ongoing, Group Exhibition, Nashville, TN
2023 – Green Hills Library Art Gallery, Apr 1 - Apr 30, Solo Exhibition, 3701 Benham Ave, Nashville, TN
2023 - The Soundwaves Gallery, “Nashville in Rhythm,” Group Exhibition inside the Nashville SC Stadium at GEODIS Park through the 2023 season, Nashville, TN
2023- Murfreesboro Center for The Arts, Feb 10- March 3, Solo Exhibition, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro, TN
2022 - 2023 - The Engine Fueled by Ankara, Solo Exhibition, 2963 Sidco Drive, Nashville TN
2022 - Mentor for Mural Project for Hispanic Heritage Month, Watkins College of Art, Belmont University
2022 - Artist of The Week, October 10 - 16, at the historic - The Nashville Sign Billboard
2022 - The Soundwaves Gallery, “Voices of Nashville,” Part of the Inaugural Exhibition inside the Nashville SC Stadium at GEODIS Park through the 2022 season, Nashville, TN
2022 - Concourse Mural, One of five finalist for the mural, GEODIS Park, Nashville, TN
2021 - Featured in NashvilleVoyager Magazine - https://nashvillevoyager.com/interview/rising-stars-meet-dalia-garcia-of-old-hickory/
2021 - Celebration Creative Voices, Creative Visions, Group Exhibition of Contemporary Latin and Hispanic American Artists, MTSU, Todd Hall, Murfreesboro, TN
2021 - Rhythm & Resonance: expressionism in stereo, Two Person Exhibition, Murfreesboro City Hall Rotunda, Murfreesboro, TN
2020 - Virtual Greenway Art Festival, Murfreesboro, TN
2020 - Women’s Suffrage Education Form Through Art and Discussion, Group Exhibition, Bradley Academy Museum, Murfreesboro, TN
2016 - “Venice in Springtime,” Commission Mural, 16ft X 8ft, Marina Del Rey, CA
2007 - Miami University College of Engineering, Solo Exhibition, Oxford, OH
2004 - “Ashby in His Garden,” Commission Mural, Columbia, SC
2004 - Nashville Public Library - Hispanic Heritage Month, Two Person Exhibition with Gil Veda, Nashville, TN
2003 - Contemporary Hispanic Art presented by Madison Art Center, Group Exhibition including Jairo Prado, Madison, TN
2002 - Artwork selected by Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society 30 Year Anniversary commemorative T-shirt, Nashville, TN
1995 – “Bring in The Outdoors,” Commission Mural, Nolensville, TN
University of South Carolina Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
25 + Years Self Exploration in Visual Arts, Including Sculpture, Watercolor, Drawing and Acrylic Paintings
Dalia is also half of the Nashville-based acoustic music duo, García and Scott.
This project started my "In Living Color" painting style. Like so many artists, I love to experiment. This style speaks to me so loudly I'm nearly forced to do this, and am enjoying all the new paths I have to explore. "Stay continually curious," is one of my mottos.
Down In Jimmy's Basement (cover)
24 x 72 in, 60.96 x 182.88 cm
NOT FOR SALE