Areli Duran was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Growing up in Old East Dallas surrounded her with Mexican culture and gave her urban roots. As a teen she attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Here is where she learned that art was more than just talent but also skill and training. After graduating high school she continued studying visual arts at multiple Dallas Community Colleges and was exposed to many artists and a variety of styles.
Areli then graduated from North Texas University with a degree in Studio Arts with a Concentration in Sculpture. In 2009 she studied mosaics with Perdomo Smalti Mosaics in Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico. While teaching art in a Dallas middle school, Areli found herself at a crossroads. Continue teaching or follow a dream. Areli decided to focus and dedicate herself to her true passion and pursued art and she is now the owner of Creative Art and Murals of Dallas.
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