"Through portraits, I am able to expose the lasting or at times fleeting, impressions of each person that I paint. They are my eyes' reflections of what words often times can not convey. With each brushstroke, I'm able to connect and express my emotions."
Monica Mendes was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. She worked in the Public Relations field for about two years before moving to Peru, and later to the United States. Living in Miami, Mendes became a Professional Personal Trainer for twelve years. Although neither was her ultimate passion, both professions gave her great insight into peoples' physical and verbal expressions. This insight shaped how she saw her surroundings and herself and became the source of her expression as an artist.
Monica's passion for the arts started when she was a child, soaking in the life-lessons distilled by those who were to become her role models. Her grandmother, mother, and aunt were not only art lovers but also dedicated painters. Her years living in Brazil, and Peru; two very culturally rich countries - further influenced her artistic perspective. Despite having roots in her childhood, it was not until 2008 that Monica endeavored to immerse herself in art, enrolling in an art history program for docent guides at the Lowe Museum at the University of Miami. Then, in 2009, she followed this long-time passion by opening her own art studio. Her commitment drove her to obtain her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in Painting, in 2016 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Monica Mendes is an award-winning artist who regularly participates in many exhibitions, fairs and art salons around the world.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist