About me


      Karina Llergo is a multicultural heritage artist. Born and raised in Mexico City from Mexican Armenian and Spanish immigrants, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design as well as advanced degrees in Multimedia, Animation, and Abstract Art. She studied with famed Mexican artist Roberto Cortazar and portraitist Enrique Estrada, who both saw her talent and strongly encouraged her to continue her artistic journey.

      While keeping art at the forefront of her mind and heart, Karina enjoyed a highly successful corporate career as art director for Mexico City’s top newspaper “Reforma” and at prestige advertising agency, McCann Erickson. Among the many campaigns she helped create, some of her most memorable were for clients such as Coca-Cola, Revlon and Kimberly Clark.  

      Since moving to Chicago in 2007 and transitioning to art full time, Karina’s work has received high praise and she is greatly admired throughout North America. Among her many accolades, Karina has received numerous Outstanding Achievement and Best of Show awards at distinguished art shows and exhibitions throughout the United States. 

      Karina’s paintings are a reflection of her intense study and passionate interest in human figures. She has worked tirelessly to develop a unique style by turning figures into fluid entities. As a lifelong dancer, competitive swimmer and yoga practitioner, she found herself drawn to depicting on canvas the palpable energy of the human body in motion and inner soul combining air, water and dance. Driven by these fascinations and armed with her talent for figurative painting, Karina found a way to translate her observations and creative imagination into thought-provoking art of breathtaking beauty and inspirational emotions.


      Figurative art course – Mexican artist Roberto Cortazar – 2006
      Portrait art course –  Mexican artist Enrique Estrada – 2005
      Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City – Postgraduate Diploma in Abstract Art – 2004
      Sinclair College, Dayton, OH – Postgraduate Diploma in Multimedia – 1995 
      Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City – Postgraduate Diploma in Art – 1994
      Universidad Anahuac del Sur, Mexico City – Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design – 1993
      2022    Best of Category, Hinsdale Fine arts festival, Hinsdale IL
                  Outstanding Achievement, Millenium Art Festival, Chicago, IL           
                  Award of Excellence, Arts, Beats and Eats Royal Oak, MI
      2021    Best of Category, Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, IL 
                  Award of Excellence, Arts, Beats and Eats Royal Oak, MI
                  Outstanding Achievement, Millenium Art Festival, Chicago, IL  
      2019    Best of Show, Millennium Art Festival, Chicago, IL 
                  Award of Excellence, Ford Art, Beats and Eats, Royal Oak, MI
                  Purchase Award, Art Comes Alive, Academy Awards, Cincinnati, OH 
      2018    Award of Excellence, Ford Art, Beats and Eats, Royal Oak, MI
                  Best of Category, Millennium Art Festival, Chicago, IL 
                  Outstanding Achievement, Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, IL  
      2017    Best of Show, ArtFest Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 
                  Best of Category, Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, IL  
                  Best of Category, Millennium Art Festival, Chicago, IL 
                  Purchase Award, Art Comes Alive, Academy Awards, Cincinnati, OH 
      2016    Best of Show, Promenade of Art, Arlington Heights, IL            
                  Best of Category, Art & Big Fork, Evanston, IL          
                  Outstanding Achievement, West Loop Art Show, Chicago, IL
                  Publishing Award, Art Comes Alive, Academy Awards, Cincinnati, OH       
      2015    Latina Trailblazer “Ladies that Lead” by Hispanic Pro, Cuvee, Chicago, IL
      2014    Outstanding achievement, Millennium Art Festival, Chicago, IL
      2013    Outstanding achievement, Glencoe Festival of Art, Glencoe, IL 

                  Outstanding achievement, Promenade of Art, Arlington Heights, IL
                  Outstanding achievement, Millennium Art Festival, Chicago, IL
      Selected Exhibition History
      2022 – Energy through human motion, Gallery five, Solo show, Highland Park, IL (also 2021, 2020)
      2019 – Art Comes Alive, ADC’s Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (also in 2018-2017)
      2018 – Water creative exchange, East on Central, Highland Park, IL
      2017 – Artist in residence Art exhibit, Northbrook Library, IL
      2016 – Art in City Hall, Highland Park City Hall, IL
      2015 – Annual Originals Juried Art Exhibit, Northbrook Library, IL (also in 2014)
      2014 – Women in art, Village Hall, Northbrook, IL
      2013 – Hispanic Heritage, Germania Palace, Chicago IL
      2012 – Global Latino Fest, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago, IL 
      2011 – Life Dance, Gallery G, Glencoe, IL
      2010 – Face to face, Boocoo Cultural Center, Evanston, IL
      2009 – Las Guadalupanas, Scalenus Gallery, Mexico City
      2008 – Quatro, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
      2007 – Emartea VIII, Ataranzas Cultural Center, Veracruz, MX2006 – Woman in Art, Colegio de las Vizcainas, Mexico City
      Selected Juried Art Fair Exhibitions
      2023 – Coconut Grove Art Festival, Coconut Grove, FL (also 2022,2019)
      2022 – Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO
      2023 – Gasparilla Festival of the arts, Tampa, FL (also 2022)
      2022 – The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, The Woodlands. TX (also 2021, 2019)
      2022 – Westhampton Fine Art Festival, Westhampton, NY
      2022 – Uptown Art fair, Minneapolis, MN (also 2018)
      2022 – Columbus Art festival, Columbus OH (also 2018)
      2022 – Alexandria Old Town Art Festival, Alexandria, VA (also 2021)
      2022 – Art fair on the square, Madison, WI (also 2021, 2018)
      2022 – Bayou City Art Festival, Houston, TX  (also 2021, 2019)
      2022 – Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, TX (also 2021,2019)
      2021 – Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, IL (also 2020-2013)
      2021 – ArtiGras Fine Art Festival, Jupiter, FL (also 2020)
      2021 – ArtFest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL
      2021 – Naples National art show, Naples FL (also 2020)
      2019 – Old Town Art Fair, Chicago IL2019 – Armonk Art show, Armonk, NY  
      Selected Publications and TV interviews
      Fox13 news Tampa Bay, Gasparilla festival of the arts, Tampa, FL, March 4,  2023
      Telemundo Miami, live interview, Coconut grove art festival, Miami, FL Feb 18, 2023
      Se un Mexicano Community campaign, Mexico city, MX, 2021
      Fox6 news, live tv interview at Bayshore art show, Milwaukee, WI, Oct 4, 2020
      Fox2 news Detroit live tv interview, AB&E art show, Detroit, MI, Sept 15, 2020
      Univision Chicago, Primera hora, live tv interview, Chicago, IL, Aug 19,2019
      WGN9 news, live tv interview, Millennium art show, Chicago, IL, July 13, 2019
      NBC news, featured artist, live tv interview, Edina art show, Edina, MN, June 25, 2018
      The North Shore Weekend Magazine, Lifestyle and Arts, Aug. 25, 2017
      Northbrook Patch Newspaper, "Lakeview east festival of the arts feature artist", Aug. 25, 2017
      Featured at ABC Chicago News, ArtFest Michigan Avenue, July 22, 2017
      "To Chicago my Muse" Beauty Atlas Magazine, Volume II, July 2017
      TV interview for WGN TV Chicago news, April 10, 2017
      "Blink" art catalog, ADC Art Design Consultants, 2017-2015
      “East on Central,” Journal of Art, Highland Park, IL, 2017 (also in 2015-2012, 2010-2008) 
      "The art of books" The North Shore weekend newspaper, Chicago, IL, March 11, 2017
      "Female Artist you should know", National Museum of Women in the Arts, March 2017
      “The Color of life” Reflejos Newspaper,  Cover story and Center, Chicago, IL, Sep. 18, 2016
      “Latinas that Lead” Reflejos Newspaper,  Center spread “The Color of life”, Chicago, IL,  Sep. 11, 2016
      "Archaeology for the Woman's Soul", poetry book, Chicago, IL , 2014
      Current Representation
      Gallery Five, Highland Park, IL 
      Effusion Gallery – Fort Lauderdale and Key west, FL 
      Jackson Jungle Gallery – Chicago, IL 
      Village fine art gallery – Rochester Hills, MI