2019 Visual Arts Gallery
This exhibition is curated by CityArts Orlando with local artists displaying their “I can be me here”-themed art.
Tesoro Carolina is a Miami Artist, Designer & Independent Curator. She chases her goal in life; to inspire a positive future through art. Working in multiple Creative fields within the arts, as well as playing with mixed mediums, she hopes to do so.
Carter is a fourth generation Floridian, native to central Florida and graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at Florida State University. His teaching career at colleges and universities in five states included an exhibition and awards record at galleries and museums in several states and awards in national drawing, print and painting competitions. The artist’s work is included in public, private and corporate collections in Mexico and China as well as in the U.S.
Medium: Painting, Mix Media
Crystal Dombrosky is a Contemporary Expressive Fine Art Painter. Introduced to painting as a child to help overcome dyslexia and a speech impediment. Art became a natural language to express her hopes, dreams and emotions. Accepted to Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of the Arts in Manhattan at the age of thirteen, instilled a deep passion to pursue being a visual Artist. Re- located in 1995 from New York to Central Florida as a Multi Disciplined Artist and enjoys creating in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media, Watercolor and Pastels. In 2014 a new style of creating inspired her to explore Fluid acrylic abstract painting and how emotions and the subconscious are connected through colors and movement. This exploration began a journey that would later expand into her current Fractioned Reality Series. This series elevates the abstract by incorporating realism delicately into each abstract work. Bringing together the two styles of abstract and realism while Interlacing metal alloys with resin in each painting to immerse viewers into a new visual narra- tive and a unique world where art and emotion coexist freely.
As a Full Time Professional Artist, Crystal travels throughout Florida exhibiting her Artwork at Gallery and Fine Art events, workshops, Emerging Artist Mentorships and public speaking to encourage Art advocacy and innovation in communities.
Angee Ferrín was born in Caracas, Venezuela and later graduated at the Architecture & Arts School of the University of Los Andes, Venezuela with a degree in Architecture. Her increasing love and curiosity for the arts drove her to self-study the pointillism technique used by neo-impressionist artist, Georges Seurat, who had clearly been a great influence on her style.
When painting, Angee challenges herself to explore the multiple paths of colors and shapes, incorporating dots to fill and delineate textures using her vibrant colors signature style. This helps her to establish a surreal interpretation and leads the eyes of the observer to the open door of the imagination.
Her work has become rapidly well known in the Central Florida art scene, with participation in numerous shows and exhibits. She has received multiple awards honoring her creations, her most recent accomplishment being the award for the “Most Creative Artist” at the Windermere Art Affair this past March.
Medium: Mix media, Painting, Drawing
Amber Hall is a self-taught artist who began painting at 5 years old, with preferred medium of acrylic paint & Digital Media. At 16 years old, her works has been featured in various media outlets including published art cover- Dear Warriors, by Author Susan Baumgartner. The Ledger News, Insulin Nation, La Prensa Orlando, Orlando Weekly, & Orlando at play.
Some of Amber’s Public Art projects have been featured throughout the metropolitan Central Florida Galleries, & Public art exhibits; Including, Outer Space Gallery, Winter Haven, FL, Windermere, FL, Hart Memorial Central Library, Kissimmee, FL, Chapman Leonard Studios, Orlando FL, City Arts, Orlando, FL and a recent art donation to Advent Health Orlando Hospital Previously known as Florida Hospital for Children Disney Pavilion.
She also participates in Art Festivals in the state of Florida and continue to raise money to JDRF ~Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Florida Chapter, Orlando FL ~ by promoting her art as platform for Diabetes Awareness and donating 10% of her art sales.
Amber became Diabetic Type1 at 8 yrs old. She is Insulin Dependent and regardless of this condition, she is an Inspiration to many, demonstrating that if there’s a will there’s a way. Her dream is to become an Illustrator and pursuit a major in fine arts.
She is forever grateful to the people who continue their support.
Medium: Drawing, Mix media, Painting
Iordanka Karaivanova is an artist and designer in Lake Mary, FL using various mixed mediums for her art; known locally for commissioned art pieces, family portraits, product designs, and crafts. She does beautiful realism pieces to abstract paintings and doesn’t limit her artistic abilities to a certain style or medium. Embracing change she loves expanding her art talent beyond a traditional medium by learning new techniques when working with different materials, which she believes makes her a better Artist, a constant learner.
Grace Liu was born in Taiwan where she began painting at the age of seven. Her beautiful works of art reflect a background in traditional Chinese painting and reveal her love of nature.
Medium: Painting, Drawing, Mix media, Ceramics
Mär Martinez is a nationally-exhibiting interdisciplinary artist specializing in sculptural painting. She creates handcut figurative oil paintings to explore themes of femme identity in the context of trans-culturally enforced power dynamics. She is pursuing a BFA in painting and art history at the University of Central Florida. Select Awards include: Katherine K. and Jacob Holzer Art Scholarship, Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival Scholarship, Serpentine Indigo Featured Artist, Queer Creative Award, Frank Lloyd Wright Scholar Recipient, CINTAS Scholar Award, Pinellas Art Education Association Scholarship, Hubbert and Webb Art Award, and the Miniature Fine Arts Society Award. Select 2019 Exhibitions include: 29th Annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show, Stuart, Celebrating Hispanic Artists & Culture Juried Art Show, Kissimmee, Winter Garden Arts 6th Annual Top Choice Awards, Winter Garden, Zebra Coalition Orlando United Day Art Exhibition, Orlando, National Endowment for the Arts Station Eleven Art Exhibition, Orlando, Portraits of Empowerment: Womanhood & Activism, Orlando, and Signal Flo, Gainesville. She can be reached at www.marmartinezart.com or @meatvoid on Instagram.
Medium: Woodcarving. woodworking
My name is Ali Mossaddad. I was born in Shiraz, Iran. I finished high school in the same city and years later received my BA and MA from Teachers Training College in Tehran. I started my career as a teacher in elementary schools and continued teaching at all levels through high school. Later I started lecturing in colleges and universities in Iran. I came to the US in 1976 to get my MA and PhD from UCLA in educational psychology and subsequently returned back to Iran in 1980 where I worked as a college professor for many years. I came back to the US as a permanent resident in 2011 and have lived in Orlando since.
Almost 13 years ago I started learning the art of Iranian wood working and wood carving in 3 different genres of the field; wood carving (Monabbat), arranging or setting wood knots (Gerehchini), and wooden calligraphy (Khoshnevisi ba Choob). I have displayed my work in the US at a few events including Iranian American Community Center and the Space Coast Woodcarvers where I received 1st place prize in a 2012 exhibition.
The art of Iranian wood carving goes back to the old Persian empire that consisted of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and other Farsi speaking countries in the region including some Middle Eastern countries. This art was used in ancient building structures and was given as valuable gifts to royalties. I have been able to create so many beautiful and timeless pieces that help promote awareness of my cultural background. I also incorporate Persian calligraphy and poetry in some of my work. I hope to share a piece of my culture and home with my audience through my art.
Pierina currently lives and works in Orlando, Florida. She was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador; a warm, and richly colorful place that overflows with flora and fauna. She specialized in painting, completing a BFA in Fine Arts at the University of Central Florida. She is currently working on obtaining a Graphic Design Certificate from the University of Wilmington. She has had numerous exhibitions at the Orlando Museum of Art 1st Thursdays events. Her paintings and sculptures have been displayed at the Gallery at Avalon Island and City Arts Factory in Downtown Orlando. Pierina has sold many paintings throughout the past years. These paintings evoke the beauty of Nature and its colors. Previously, her art became part of the City of Orlando Beautification Project. The design currently sits on International Drive and Jamaican Court, and adorns one of the most touristic places in Orlando, FL. Furthermore, she painted a mural during the Art Basel fair, which was located in the Wynwood Art District of Miami. Motivated to grow and continue her journey, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Alliance to integrate her passion for visual and creative expression.
Laura Pierre-Louis was born in Mexico City and raised in Central Florida, she obtained a BA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida and a JD from Florida A&M College of Law. Her paintings have been primarily portrait commissions yet she explores themes and materials as her interest is lead. Her work has been exhibited in Florida and New York.
Medium: Painting, Mix media
Georgie Pratt is a native of the Boston area and a graduate of Bridgewater State College with a BA in Fine Art. She has been painting and exhibiting in the Orlando area for the last 15 years. Her love of highlights and shadows is often expressed in monochromatic tones depicting the human form.
Georgie has explored an array of subject matter using a variety of media. Most recently, she has been exploring emotions, including love and fear, using an original cast of characters. This more illustrative series is inspired by voodoo dolls. Much of this newer work is very autobiographical.
Georgie is a resident artist at Cafe Tu Tu Tango as well as localARTicles Boutique, located within Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando. She can be found at either of these locations live painting because she enjoys the opportunity to interact with art lovers as she works. It is this interaction that has led her to participate in such local events as Alive After 5 in Sanford, the Third Thursday Gallery Hop on Church St and the Thornton Park Art and Wine Stroll. Georgie has also been a part of several group shows around town in venues such as the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, Florida Hospital’s Art of Healing Gallery and City Arts Factory.
Going forward, Georgie’s goal is to further explore emotions and identity. She has plans of writing stories and developing this misfit doll world in order to spark conversations and bring people together.
Medium: Drawing, Printmaking
My work explores the confluence of cultures through the introduction of colonialism. By combining symbols from Christian, Islamic, and Taíno cultures, I investigate my personal heritage and the history of subjugation behind each of these groups. The lasting mark of these forced integrations has created social hierarchies, capitalism and other concepts entwined in contemporary culture today.
Found materials are an important part of my process. Using large sheets of wood, I carve into the material to create imagery from an ‘impure’ and contaminating post-colonial experience. Its raw, immediate and unavoidable presence closely mimics this idea.
Gisela Romero (b. Venezuela, 1960, resides in Orlando, FL) works across mediums with drawing, printmaking, photography and Art in Public Spaces. Romero has a Master Degree from Pratt Institute, NYC, NY and a BA from CCA, Oakland, CA.
Some solo shows include those at Besharat Gallery, Atlanta, Avalon John Alexandrou Gallery, Orlando, Chacao Cultural Center – LA CAJA open spaces, Caracas, Artepuy Gallery, Caracas, Moro Gallery, Maracaibo, French Alliance Gallery, Caracas, 39 Gallery, Caracas and Studio Soto, Boston.
Gisela Romero’s work has been exhibited in Venezuela and abroad and in over 200 group shows including those at Osceola Arts Gallery, Orlando, Kissimmee City Hall Art in Public Spaces, Orlando, First Thursdays Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, the Alejandro Otero Visual Arts Museum, Caracas, Museum of Contemporary Art Sofía Imber, Caracas, Cruz Diez Museum of Graphic Arts, Caracas, also at several International Art Fairs as PINTA in NYC, ARCO and ESTAMPA in Madrid, FIA in Caracas and at many Galleries, Cultural Art Centers and public spaces. Her works are in public and private collections.
Her work is based on the observation of each form that surrounds her,
it has to do with her interpretation of the principles that order the cosmos. Gisela Romero’s drawings come from Creation and come back to it, they are free, organic and adapt themselves to any material and surface.
Romero celebrates the order and perseverance of nature, and also celebrates the marks that people make on the world, she treasures every line, every detail and she finds beauty in any form.
Romero’s work has been reviewed in Arte al Día, El Nacional, El Universal, Diario de Caracas and Tal Cual among others venezuelan newspapers, The Atlantic, ArtNexus, several Internet art pages and many art catalogs.
Galleries in Venezuela and the United States represent the artist.
Romero is a member of AVAP, the Venezuelan Association of Visual Artists and a member of TAGA, the Graphic Artists association of Venezuela, since 1995. She has participated in Artists Residencies in Norway, Thailand, Italy, Spain and the United States of America.
Since 1998, Romero works as a volunteer at Fundación Acción Solidaria (Foundation working with HIV / AIDS) and since 2018 at Encore, an Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Orlando. she was recognized with a 1990 Fine Arts Fellowship from the Organization of American State and since 1993 she has been invited as a teacher to give Experimental Graphics and Creative Writing classes at universities Art Departments, Museums, Art Schools and Cultural Centers such as José María Vargas University, University Institute of Advanced Studies of Fine Arts Armando Reverón, Museum of Design Carlos Cruz Diez, Simón Bolívar University, Caracas.
Medium: Charcoal and Pastels
Orlando based visual artist and designer, Devinder Singh Malhan, has been reinventing his creative eye ever since his origins in Calcutta, the capital of India’s modern artistic, literary, cultural and educational movements. As an adolescent Malhan first garnered recognition for his drawings and paintings of prophets, highly revered by various Indian cultures.
Devinder’s 2019 “Human Faces” collection is a Neo-Impressionism series featuring oil, charcoal, and acrylic, on canvas. His social commentary looks at urban landscapes reflected within the human form and the reflection of place through emotion—an introspective glance through the constructed environment of our cities.
After moving to Orlando, FL at age 18, Devinder opened a successful boutique on Park Avenue; which ran for 15 years. Inspired further by design, Malhan attended The Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD).
It was in 2001 on a backpacking trip through India while observing the intricately woven textiles and bead work that motivated, Devinder to launch his own design line called, KC Malhan. KC Malhan designs have been featured in Vogue UK, GQ UK, Cosmopolitan UK, Oprah, People, Red Book, and Times of India.
Medium: Photography, Mix media, Painting, Sculpture, Drawing
Gladiola was born on the island of Puerto Rico.
She has been artistically active for over 30 years and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a concentration in painting.
The artist has exhibited Nationwide, the Caribbean, Mexico and France and has some pieces in private and public collections.
She works mainly in paintings and
sculptures with the human figure being the central point of her creations.
Her style is described as fictional realism with an interplay of colors, lines and spaces to evoke visual pleasure while at the same time creating a symbolic narrative relative to our humanity.
Throughout the pieces, whether sculptures or paintings, the use of enigmatic expressions using the human form either realistically or stylized are incorporated to exemplify the human experience in its diverse complexities.
Her visionary and expressive themes abide in the midst of artistic energy where a surreal world emerges. The deeper underlining meanings of her works lead the mind to contemplate beyond the real and ordinary.
As the artist states: “ I do not always paint what I see.”
Medium: Painting, Drawing, Mix media
Erin Stein is a nationally shown portrait and figurative artist currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Central Florida. She works primarily in 2D mixed media and explores women’s issues mainly through self-portraits.