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Mariela Saad El Homsi (Venezuela & Lebanon)

By August 18, 20212021 Film Subject

Mariela Saad El Homsi may have left her native Caracas in 2015 to escape the economic, social and political unrest she had been experiencing in Venezuela. But she didn’t leave behind her passions.

 

“I am a person with a deep humanistic character,” she says. “Since I was young, I have always been surrounded by a world rich in art and culture, dedicating much of my time to studying art and its different movements.” 

 

Part of that study is taking an active interest in initiatives that boost the profile of the arts and culture in the community. One example is her company, State of The Art, which she started brainstorming while still living in Venezuela and which has come to full fruition here. SoTA helps creators promote and sell their work via a dedicated website (https://sotacollection.com/); it also offers advisory and development services for artists, and provides a platform for art theorists, critics, artists, art dealers, gallery owners and others to exchange views.

 

She’ s also a French instructor at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park and has taught the language at USF and UCF. (It’s one of the five languages she speaks; she also holds a master’s degree in French literature.)

 

That’s all in addition to her primary occupation as an attorney specializing in private international law. And somehow she still has time for hobbies, including traveling, sports, reading and horseback riding. 

 

“Central Florida is becoming the hub of arts and technologies,” she says. “We are growing to be a cosmopolitan city that’s rich in every sense. It feels good to be part of this growth and give back to the city that welcomed me and my dreams.

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