Misoo uses “vulnerability” as a theme revealed through her emotional self-portraits, narrative fantasy, and abstract images. Exploiting her paints ability to be both fluid and to congeal in her technique, her large paintings explore feelings of fear in reaction to abuse, abandonment and neglect. In-between her painted layers and intricate mark making, Misoo weaves her stories of innocence lost together using threads from of her childhood nightmares, news headlines that scream tales of abuse and rape, her fear for her vulnerable young daughter, and the desire to escape into fairytale and fantasy. Her confessional body of work focuses on the emotional process when repressed memories resurface. These recollections have helped fuel an aggressive beauty into her artwork by combining spontaneous, abstract ink marks with detailed narratives told through painstakingly time-consuming pencil drawings. Misoo graduated with her Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration on painting from Florida Atlantic University in the spring of 2014. Misoo has exhibited in shows at Scope, The Art Place Wynwood in Miami, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, The Gallery at Art House Delray, Delray Beach, Las Laguna Gallery in California and solo exhibition at Durham Arts Council in North Carolina.
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, João Paulo Gonçalves moved to the United States as a young adult and has spent most of his time here, living in South Florida. He has had a dedicated love of architecture and visual arts since a young age and studied architecture both in Brazil as well as at Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute. Gonçalves’ love of architectural design is a strong component in his shadow art pieces where he harnesses light into shadows, created by deliberately placed and cut wood pieces, as he sculpts these fascinating pieces of art. The pixel art pieces are inspired by icons, who are representative of João Paulo’s heritage, as well as his present day, cultural environment. These pieces require the viewer to put distance between themselves and the work to acutely perceive the subject of the art piece. While some of the shadow art draws inspiration from geometric shapes, others originate in the unrefined beauty of a simple silhouette. Each piece loses its subject completely if the light source is removed. The image is only revealed in the shadows that have been created. Beyond his love of creating art, Gonçalves has a passion for helping and mentoring his fellow artists to become full-time artists, supported solely by their own artwork. Gonçalves frequently exhibits throughout South Florida as well as having private and corporate collectors of his original artwork across the United States. He currently lives in Coconut Creek with his wife and four children.
Virginia Fifield seeks to inspire a “Re Visioning” of our present relationship to the natural world with her large-scale charcoal drawings of animals and nature. Working in high realism, chosen images are “re-presented” in a stark, over-scale format, deliberately devoid of color and context to strip away all sentimental and stereotypical associations. Although the subjects at first appear recognizable and familiar, they aim to initiate a re-vision, a deeper contemplation and internal dialogue about the natural world and the relationship in which we coexist. Fifield’s artwork is exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards including Best in Show in Art Florida and an award in the All Florida Juried Exhibition and Competition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood and the Selection Committee for Public Art in Broward County. Her work is currently exhibited with the Opera Gallery and is held in public and private collections internationally.