2105 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
PO Box 18021
Tampa, FL 33679
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Robyn Crosa was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant families from Lebanon and Cuba. Her early childhood was spent in the Tampa Bay area, later relocating to the greater Atlanta area where she grew up to be an adult and established herself. After taking a life changing trip to visit her relatives in Cuba, she realized that her family was the most important thing in the world to her. Recently, she decided to move back to Florida to be closer to family and currently resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The artist considers herself a Renaissance woman and devotee of the Great Mother Goddess – the latter a theme that threads her artistic work together – a worship of the divine feminine. She believes that creative work is a form of worship and sacred ritual to the Great Mother Goddess of Nature. Robyn’s style is folk art that is inspired by the works of indigenous people, as well as self-taught folk artists including Howard Finster (Talking Heads album cover) and Xavior Roberts (creator of Cabbage Patch Kids). She creates her doll sculptures based on the natural shape of the wood and then embellishes them with wood burning techniques as well as acrylic paint and glued objects. Her first gourds were created as self-portraits – leveraging their natural feminine shape and seen through her eyes as a reunion of herself with her mother and sisters. Her work has received an Honorable Mention in the school wide Dean’s Art Award Contest in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University, first place ribbon, a second place ribbon, and 3 third place ribbons at the Georgia Gourd Festival in Griffin, GA. Most recently they have been displayed at the Salvador Dalí Museum Holiday Art Show in Saint Petersburg, FL; the Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa, The ArtXChange, The Morean, and Florida CraftArt Gallery in Saint Pete; and the House of Shadows Gallery in Tampa. Ms Crosa was the recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant at the Florida CraftArt Festival in 2020.
As each of us now faces the dangers of a global pandemic, it is time to humble ourselves before nature rather than resist its power. Gourdgeous Goddess Gals are designed to celebrate the beauty of diversity in all natural things – specifically women! My spiritual symbols are made from organic elements that both cherish the feminine and highlight and respect the materials given to us by Mother Earth. Indigenous people all over the world have long considered gourds to be a natural female symbol of the Divine Feminine. Designed from gourds in various shapes and sizes, Gourdgeous Goddess Gals represent the diversity of the beautiful female form and the power of fertility while counteracting the body image hatred issues facing women and girls in modern civilization. They are altar pieces for rituals, rites of passage, and a celebration of all that is feminine. As women before us have invoked the power of the Great Mother, the embodiment of Nature, the Goddess in all her many forms to protect them during difficult times, as do my dolls. If we destroy nature, nature will destroy us. If we respect nature, nature will respect us.
40 yr old Puerto Rican spray paint artist, Buddhist, and Dad.
Spray paint art in black and white.
Lorraine Figueroa Arocho is an artist born in Puerto Rico in 1983. From the age of ten she began to take her first steps as a musician of native Puerto Rican music, with the guiro being her main instrument and in which she specialized. She studied Music Education at the Interamerican University in San Germán, PR. Then she continued her career as a percussionist, performing in all the towns on the island and in some US states. She shared several theater and stage stages with many Puerto Rican artists from the patio on large stages such as the Choliseo José Miguel Agrelot, International Art and Music Festivals and television projects, among others. In 2005, she was a precursor and pioneer of the Güiro Classes project, which she offered for eight years at the Dr. Francisco Lopez Cruz Foundation, under the direction of teacher Francisco “Paquito” Marrero. This project was designed for face-to-face mode and covers all native Puerto Rican musical genres and how to merge them with some foreign musical genres. In the midst of a constant and lifelong battle with Crohn’s disease, Lorraine felt that her thirst for learning had not been quenched. It is there where he decides to venture into a world where he never thought would fill him so much. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences with a concentration in Respiratory Therapy, which she practiced for five years at the Puerto Rico Medical Center. After going through great experiences as a respiratory therapist, which completely changed her perspective on life, she loses another battle against Crohn’s and moves to the US for a change in treatment and medical care. This triggered in having to keep her entire body free of stress, which did not allow her to return to her field. The mixture of feelings and frustrations were so great that she decided to explode on the canvas. Painting has been the one who has been able to undress her soul and dress it again with a much brighter essence. Since then, she has dedicated every day that her body allows her to spill all her artistic side on the canvas using different techniques and textures, which leads her to classify herself as Mixed Art. She uses brush techniques in his works, but in turn, you can find textures such as: sand, ground snail, rope, seeds, plaster, crayons, among others.
Puerto Rican Christmas is, without a doubt, the longest Christmas in the world. For me, being raised in the country, it was like the whole year was Christmas. Music and food always Creole. Poinsettias are red all year long. The flowers do not seem to perish. Some of us use the Christmas tree as a forum for decorating all seasons and celebrations of the year. The quinques and the candles are the resolve of every night that take away the electricity. We carry our flag embodied in our hearts and perched in every creative place that a Puerto Rican can think of. We like to put swings in places where the view is unforgettable both for us and for the tourist. In every house of every Puerto Rican there will never be a lack of a good cup of Puerto Rican coffee, even if it is for the visit. By history and by culture we are the most beautiful commemorators of the epiphany of the Three Kings. Even our kings of Juana Diaz were blessed by the Pope. We see nudity as something so normal that even some of our mountains bear the name of Boobs de Cayey. If, like me, you identify with this idiosyncrasy, this work of art is for you. Like me, you wish you were in that place all the time. I painted this unique and original piece on 16×20 canvas. You can find relief materials such as: rope, fine sand paint, different types of glitter, seeds, acrylic and metallic paint. Technique combined with watercolor and acrylic.
Damaris was born in the Dominican Republic, and has lived in Tampa since 1986. Her art is focused in Costumbrismo and Figurative images from the traditional folkloric life on her Island. Media acrylic on canvas. She studied Interior Design,Visual and Performing Arts in the Dominican Republic. As an arts and cultural advocate she co-founded the Coalition of Hispanic Artists (CHA) and co-founded the Hispanic Alliance of Tampa Bay. Damaris has been serving in various civic, art and cultural organizations in the Tampa Bay area and on organizational and advisory boards. She has been participating in various art collective exhibits in the Tampa Bay area and others areas. Damaris has received various awards in the arts and community services during her years in Tampa.
16 “x 20” Acrylic on canvas, framed
I have painted throughout my whole life although my formal career was in law. Since my retirement in 2019 I have become a full time artist. As such, I work mostly with acrylics and oils on canvas and make sculptures out of clay. Local Group Exhibits: Tampa Art Museum, HCC College, TECO Gallery, Feathered Serpent Gallery, Old Hyde Park Art Center, Gilbert Chapel, First United Methodist Church de St. Petersburg, FL. I have also participated in several other exhibits organized by the Coalition of Hispanic Artists (CHA) of which I am a co-founder and member. Awards 1986 National Painting Contest for Public Employees, Bogotá, Colombia 2007 Calendar of the Hispanic Alliance of Tampa Bay 2008 Calendar of the Hispanic Alliance of Tampa Bay Finalist 2013, 2nd Annual Día de la Raza, Feathered Serpent Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL 2020 TRA 13th Annual Bay Area Exhibit Honorable Mention 2021 TRA 14th Annual Bay Area Art Exhibit Best Oil
Botero Lady in Red 9″ x 12″ Mixed Media Fernando Botero, perhaps the most renowned Latin-American artist alive, is known for his paintings and sculptures of rounded, voluptuous forms. Fascinated by his art I went through a period during which I explored the sensuality of the female bodies’ curves. My “botero-like” ladies are beautiful, gracious and sexy despite not conforming to the prevailing standards of beauty of our time. This particular piece is my 3-D interpretation of one of his paintings. I painted the background with acrylics on board and sculpted the figure in clay. After the sculpture was fired I painted it with acrylics and incorporated it into the painting.
Teresita is a Cuban Born American who resides in Dunedin , Florida She has been painting in multiple mediums for over 20 years. Her art has shown in venues from both coasts of Florida. Daytona Beach / New Smryna on the East to Dunedin St. Petersburg ,South Pasadena and all around Pinellas County on the west. She has awards from Art Societies of which she belongs. Her art has be chosen and purchased for special collections. Her favorite subjects are structures as well as Sea and Land scapes. She is quoted as saying “I look for the light to see what the shadows are doing”. Teresita is a member of Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA) , Creative Artist Guild of Dunedin and Beach Art Center of Indian Rocks Beach Her work can also be seen at website TERESITASART.WEEBLY.COM as well as Fine Art America
Famous location in Miami
She is a traditional artist who with over fifteen years of experience in art and art history. She is slowly branching into digital art as the field grows larger. She has mild cerebral palsy and uses art as a form of art therapy. She graduated from University of South Florida in December 2014 in studio art with a bachelor’s degree and returned to complete another bachelor’s degree in psychology and art history, which she graduated in May 2020. Her work is described as to be expressive and colorful with a narrative component. Her primary themes include women, landscapes, and flowers. Although, she does not exclude other themes in her work. She is well versed in different mediums, for example, painting, drawing, ceramics, and photography. Currently, she streams often on Twitch where she produces new artwork either digitally or traditionally with the occasional game streams.
This painting is completed with oil and acrylic on 16″ x 20″ gallery wrapped canvas. The photograph is credited to Timothy Thomas, a renounced photographer, who I used as reference image for this painting. Tango can be described as a force of nature as a dance form where the partners are in sync with one another, featuring the passion and desire for each other. I wanted to portray the emotional connection between the partners while exhibiting the swirl of fires around them.
As a self taught Abstract and Op-Art artist Ro Martinez believes in creativity without restriction, she lives and works in Inverness, FL. Ro’s creative journey began in 1980 with painting 3 murals in New York. She launched her professional art path in 2017 after a 34 year commercial acting and modeling career. The artist works with acrylics in her favorite black and white palette mixing a rainbow of colors inspired by her Colombian heritage to merge geometric patterns with abstraction.
Metamorphosis I, this piece signifies personal growth and change.
Raquel Núñez Piñeres is a Colombian artist born in Cartagena de Indias. Raquel looks to transmit infinite emotions using the human figure. Her artistic production has the mix of a technique that combines the detail with the general space, the use of color to allow the contrast and a common denominator in her style that is the search of her own identity. She creates, transforms and communicates. She is intuitive and declarative as she redefines and abstracts. This search creates a constant state of change in her work and its development in a permanent challenge between the white canvas and the creative power that gives testimony to the powerful force of expression.
Cayena, Oil in Canvas 48″ x 24″
Joanne was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her hometown inspired her to turn blank canvases into an array of color and form. In the early 90s, she had the chance to live in Europe and learn the history of the arts from a different perspective. In 1996, she moved to Tampa, Florida to complete her studies at USF. She resides in Ybor City where she works as a marketing consultant and fine artist. While taking her dog for walks through Ybor City, Joanne finds rusty objects which she incorporates into some of her art. She also experiments with food dyes and recycled materials.
“Ecstatic Motion” mixed media. Inspired by a real flower bouquet
Luz Pennington was born in Colombia South America. She graduated from “Libre University” with a degree in Business Management. Luz moved to Tampa, Florida in 2001, she is a Visual Artist who loves Oil Media and Face Art. Luz painted murals at Restaurants, Pediatrician Offices and using various kinds of motives for home décor, like kid’s bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. Luz fell in love with face painting while she was at an art festival, selling oil paintings, she asked her husband to go home and bring her face painting kit that she used to paint at her daughter’s and friends at their birthday parties. After she painted the first face, immediately fell in love with the children’s smiles as they saw their painted face in the mirror. Luz love to create walking beautiful pieces of art and the joy that it gives to everyone. In 2010 she decided to become a Professional Face Artist participating at the Face and Body art International Convention (FABAIC ) in Orlando, Florida. Since then she has also attended several workshops and art conventions. Luz Pennington joined the Coalition of Hispanics Artists (CHA) in 2007 and she has been the nonprofit organization treasurer since 2008.
Not Available for Sale
The painting represents the women from Colombia, the blind love, the coffee land, the richness of Culture and grounds.
I was born in Colombia, I have been interested in art since an early age. While in my native land I took some art classes to further my appreciation for art. I have been participating in several art shows since I became a member of CHA in 2008.
“El silletero” acrylic on canvas