Adorable Monique is an award-winning artist based in Southwest Florida, born in Chicago, and raised abroad in Central America, which profoundly influences her understanding of art, culture, and color. Monique is a multidisciplinary creative, excelling in painting, ceramics, and illustration. She received her formal education in Fine Arts and Teaching. She has received numerous awards and the opportunity to exhibit in various venues. Growing up surrounded by different cultures has broadened her overall view of life. She is continuously pursuing success in personal, professional, and artistic endeavors and the cultural experience itself.
Monique's upbringing in a developing country has allowed her to identify with the agricultural environment and be grateful for her surroundings and the natural environment, such as trees, water, and animals. It is part of the way of life to embrace nature, customs, colors, and values. Planting trees and keeping closeness with the surroundings as much as possible. Securing habitats for future generations is essential to develop a connection with nature. She also portrays diverse ethnic groups, as she believes that humanity is an integrated part of her work process.
Monique has been creating for several years, exploring an array of techniques and mediums. Her works range from painting, illustrations, ceramic, murals and creative designs. Monique's work is included in private collections across the United States and as well as internationally. Featured art in numerous local and international publications, including Naples Daily News, SW Spotlight News Magazines, The Naples Illustrated Charity Register, Voyage MIA, Casa America, Professional Artist, the bibliographic book collection from National Library of Honduras Juan Ramón Molina are to name a few. Works commissioned to illustrate Children's books and fables published by the National Association of Writers in Honduras, La Biblioteca GN among others.
My artwork explores aspects of our natural world and human experience. I aspire to portray the inner beauty of things and complexities, the natural environment which represents life, and the water that nurtures the land with fertility and knowledge. My paintings showcase a bold, vibrant palette, inviting to look for meaning beyond color. The themes are a recurring focus on identity and cultural heritage, tangible and not tangible.
I intend to convey the core value of the spirit of nature, inspiration through the beauty found in each context, and the appreciation of life's noble values. I believe in the mission and vision to preserve the natural resources, hoping that my art may speak to the audience and create consciousness towards nature. I feel identified with the female gender surrounded by natural resources, also birds, which represent freedom and rising high as a metaphor to achieve aspirations and goals. Shapes that would represent stages of transformation while embracing traditions, beliefs, and self-identity. Also, cultural heritage is essential since it makes our lives great, not only because of who we are and our diversity, but where we are heading.