Michela Mansuino, an American citizen, was born of Italian parents in 1961 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her mother, was a concert pianist at the time, and her father was a conductor, concert master and first chair violinist, greatly influenced her life in the arts. Her father, Mr. Guido Mansuino, after 30 years with the National Symphony Orchestra, has recently retired. Her mother, Mrs. Sylvia McPherson, is well known for her musical accomplishments and is also renowned as a teacher of pianists in the Northern Virginia area.
Michela moved with her family to the Washington, DC area when she was four months of age. Here, she received her elementary education, and in 1983 graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. She understudied, in particular, with Roger Anliker, and Charles Schmidt. During her studies, she participated in many shows and won many prizes.
In 1984 she traveled to Europe to study the art museums in England, Spain and France where she painted and drew from original works. She then continued her studies in Florence, Italy, where she dedicated herself to figurative and naturalistic work, but specifically to painting the landscapes.
In 1988, she returned to Brazil to explore the possibilities if tropical landscape painting. Although she dedicated considerable time painting the urbanscapes of São Paulo, it is the tropical landscape that lures her on.
2006 - 2009
Understudy with Robert Liberace at the Art League, including anatomy and
portrait workshops, Alexandria, VA
George Mason University, non-degree post baccalaureate courses for MAT
program, Fairfax, VA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, magma cum laude, Tyler School of Art, Temple
University, Philadelphia, PA
Freshman Core Program for Fine Arts Majors, Syracuse University,
Understudy of Master Fresco Painter Otello Chiti, Siena, summers, Italy
The Corcoran School of Art, Saturday Classes in ceramics, Washington,
Certificate of Attendance from the Office of Continuing Professional
Education, for the Praxis I Preparation Workshop:
Reading and Writing
Certificate of Attendiance for the Intensive School of English &
Business Communication course “Professional Developement
Programme for Practising Teachers”, by Julian Kenny
One Person Shows
“Bridging Her Life”, retrospective show of oil paintings at The
Hermitage Gallery, McLean, VA, U.S.A.
“Figure, Still Life and Landscape” oil paintings and drawings at the
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Tropical Landscapes” oil paintings and graphite drawings at Adams
National Bank, Zenith Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Manscapes and Still Lifes” oil paintings at the Brazilian-American
Cultural Institute Art Gallery, Wash., D.C.
“Italian Landscapes” oil paintings and graphite drawings at Gallery K,
“Poggibonsi Landscapes” oil and gouache paintings and drawings at
Galleria Casa Di Chesino, Poggibonsi, Siena, Italy
“BFA Show” oil paintings, pastels and etchings at Tyler School of Art
Galleries, Elkins Park, PA
Group Shows and Prizes
“Miss Ellen Sedgewick” Terra Cotta Portrait Bust, Awarded Honorable
Mention in the Portrait Society of America
Member’s Only Competition, published in International Artist Magazine,
December 2007, 2008, 2009
“Food Glorious Food” oil paintings in the ZCAF Calendar, Zenith Gallery,
“Trees of Life” oil paintings at Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
“28th Anniversary Exhibition” oil paintings at Zenith Gallery, Wash.,
“Gallery Artists” oil paintings at The Hermitage Design and Art Gallery,
“Three Landscape Painters From San Gimignano”, L’Albero Celeste, San
Gimignano, Siena, Italy
“The Ten Newest Pernambuco Artists”, The Emporium of Bom Jesus, Recife,
“Artists and Artisans Represented” 20th Anniversary Show-case of Gallery
Artists, Zenith Gallery, Wash., D.C.
“International Icarus 1996” Third Place Award for an oil painting called
“To Fly”, Nags Head, NC
“Latin American Women Artists” oil paintings at Adams National Bank,
Zenith Gallery, Wash., D.C.
“Annual Holiday Show” landscape paintings at Zenith Gallery, Wash., D.C.
“Intro Show” oil landscapes at Zenith Gallery, Wash., D.C.
“Art Show ‘90” Second Place Award for an oil painting called “Primavera
a San Gimignano”, annual art exhibition and
competition of the U.S. Embassy in Paris, Hotel Talleyrand, France
“Fairfax County Council of Art Award Show” First Place Award for an oil
painting called “Night”, at the Fairfax County
Judicial Center, Fairfax, VA
“New Talent” pastels and etchings at Pearl Fox Gallery, Melrose Park, PA
“Award Exhibition for Emerging Artists” Artist’s Equity Association
Travelling Show to U.S. East Coast Cities, oil
painting called “View of Pottsville, PA”
Architectural Projects and Commissions
Portrait of Norman Joseph Violette, founder of Washington Laboratories,
Copy of “The Medlar Tree”, original oil first done in 1987, through the
Hermitage Gallery, McLean, VA
“Dolley Madison Library Teen Mural” An AT & T grant for the creation of
a mural to attract teens to their reading section,
McLean, VA, U.S.A.
Casa Cor 2000
Main Balcony designed by Andre Caricio, charcoal drawings, ornamental
decorations and faux finishes, Recife, PE, Brazil
“The Chapel of Our Lady Of Grace” a trompe l’oeil mural on a private
chapel altar wall; 32 sq. meters, Sairč, Pernambuco,
Casa Cor 1999
Leisure Room designed by Andre Caricio, a trompe l’oeil oil painting of
a window, Recife, PE, Brazil
Casa Cor 1997
Hall designed by Beth Araruna for a graphite portrait of a young woman,
Recife, PE, Brazil
Pinacoteca of Poggibonsi, “Poggibonsi Landscape at Sunset” oil painting,
Siena Art Gallery of the Brazilian-American Cultural Institute, “Rio de
Janeiro and Cable Car” oil painting diptych, 1988,
Wash., D.C. Rosalinda Meza-Steel, “Gino’s Poplar” oil painting, 1987,
Teaching Experience and Volunteer Work
Winter 2009 through Winter 2010 - Instructor at The Great Falls School
of Art, drawing, painting and visual journaling
Winter and Spring 2007 - 2008 Monitor for the open life studio at the
McLean Community Center, McLean, VA
Winter and Spring 2008 Volunteer teaching, throwing on the wheel for AP
students, through Jeff Meizlick, McLean High School, McLean, VA
Middle and High School Art Teacher, American School of Recife
(Accredited by the Southern Association of Credited
Schools) drawing, painting and ceramics