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Silvia T. Modica
My first encounter with painting was at one Spring of my early childhood. I remember I used to be attracted to the Disney and Looney Tunes cartoon characters. Sketching my favorite characters on wood and painting them in tempera was my favorite pass time for as far back as I can remember. Once the switch of my passion for expressing and communicating through art was turned on, it was no turning back.
I left my country at a very young age. Throughout the years, I had been fortunate enough to be able to travel and explore many European countries, such as Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria just to name a few; I even made it home for a few years at some of the places I landed my feet on. The extensive traveling allowed me to absorb different cultures, learn much of their native folklores, as well as admire the art work of many famous European masters and local artists.
After graduating from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor's in Business Administration in the late 60s, because I was so intrigued and touched by all the works of so many famous artists, I decided to enroll a School of Arts to learn more about charcoal and pastel paintings. I returned to the United States in the mid 90s and continued my creative journey at the Arts School of West Miami and School of Arts at Miami-Dade Community College.
It has been a long way since I started painting. Now, while I am working with various media including oil, acrylic and mixed media, I continue to learn and express myself better through new styles. These past few years, I have been striving to become better each time I created a new painting and explored a new medium. I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to present my work in numerous art exhibitions in the Miami area where I was placed in first places in every contest and Fair that I have participated. Today, I can confidently say that I am more versatile comparing to years ago. I can move around quite easily in terms of styles, colors and media. I speak my heart through art, as for my desire to discover new frontiers will continue to be a lifelong learning journey.
1964 - 1968 Bachelor in Business Administration at University of Puerto Rico 1969 - 1972 Private Art Classes (Charcoal & Pastel Painting) at Villa Caparra, Puerto Rico 1995 - 1999 West Miami School of Art (Watercolor, Acrylic & Oil) 1999 - 2001 Miami-Dade Community College School of Arts 2001 - 2002 West Miami School of Art (Advanced Workshop) Gallery & Solo Exhibitions 2001 Franmart Art Gallery, Miami, Florida 2002 - 2003 AAA Art Gallery, Miami, Florida 2002 Arnau Galleries, Miami, Florida 2002 Clinica Peñalver - Solo Exhibition 2003 Hispanic Celebration 1st Cut-off - Jackson Memorial Hosp. Group Exhibitions 1995 - 2004 West Miami Bi-annual Art Exhibits 2002 - 2004 Cornucopia of the Arts Festival - Vizcaya Museum 2002 - 2003 Flagami Fiesta – Art Show 2002 - 2004 Viérnes Culturales de la Calle Ocho - Featured Artist of the Month February 2004 2003 - 2004 Big 5 Club – Valentine’s, 2-Spring and Winter Art Exhibits 2003 - 2004 Miami-Dade Aviation Dept. – Black Heritage Celebrations 2003 - 2004 Miami-Dade Youth Fair - Winner of two awards in arts. 2003 - 2004 Fair of the Municipalities of Cuba in Exile – Winner of four Awards and Certificates 2003 Banco Popular – Art Exhibit 2003 Westland Mall, Hialeah - Art Show 2003 City of Miami - Hispanic Heritage Celebration – Poster Contest 2003 La Bodeguita del Medio – Art Exhibit 2003 Polito’s Expo – Coconut Grove Convention Center 2003 Viérnes de Maribel – Calle Ocho first three Fridays of each month 2004 El Dorado Boulevard – Store Galleries - Various 2004 Biltmore Hotel - Granada Room - MHS Extravaganza Special Recognition 2002 Co-Founder of www.franmartgallery.com 2002 Co-Founder of www.aaaartists.com 2002 Co-Founder of www.artandartists.com 2002 Editing Staff for the virtual magazine “Magazine of Colors” 2002 Co-Founder of “American Art Society” 2004 Artist of the Month at Viernes Culturales of Calle Ocho
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