Denisea Elsola studied art and women’s art from age 12 to 18 under the mentorship of painter Hazel Belvo, then chair of fine arts at saint paul academy, and later chair at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. A life long twin cities resident, Elsola earned her B.F.A. in painting and drawing from MCAD in 1986. That same year, her public persona “The Art Goddess” was officially born in a performance art piece. The art goddess believes that the personal is political. Your life is your art, and we need to guard our right to live a creative lifestyle with extreme care. Feminism and ancient goddess culture influence Elsola’s work. Greek mythology, Mexican folk art, Hinduism, and 1970’s pop art also serve as inspiration. Her new work synthesizes the contrast of ancient and modern motifs to highlight the battles between dark, and light using unconventional forms. In addition to being a talented artist, elsola is also a bellydancer, an art buyer who visits mexico annually, and a wife and mother, all of which are roles that impact her art, and who she is as a person. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and two children, all of whom are artists.