MICHELA MANSUINO

Biography:

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.

Education
2006 - 2009
Understudy with Robert Liberace at the Art League, including anatomy and portrait workshops, Alexandria, VA
2006 falł/spring
George Mason University, non-degree post baccalaureate courses for MAT program, Fairfax, VA
1980-1983
Bachelor of Fine Arts, magma cum laude, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1978-1980
Freshman Core Program for Fine Arts Majors, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
1978-1987
Understudy of Master Fresco Painter Otello Chiti, Siena, summers, Italy
1973-1979
The Corcoran School of Art, Saturday Classes in ceramics, Washington, D.C.

Certificates
2006
Certificate of Attendance from the Office of Continuing Professional Education, for the Praxis I Preparation Workshop:
Reading and Writing
2001
Certificate of Attendiance for the Intensive School of English & Business Communication course “Professional Developement
Programme for Practising Teachers”, by Julian Kenny
Professional Experience

One Person Shows
June 2006
“Bridging Her Life”, retrospective show of oil paintings at The Hermitage Gallery, McLean, VA, U.S.A.
October 1998
“Figure, Still Life and Landscape” oil paintings and drawings at the Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.
October 1993
“Tropical Landscapes” oil paintings and graphite drawings at Adams National Bank, Zenith Gallery, Washington, D.C.
December 1992
“Manscapes and Still Lifes” oil paintings at the Brazilian-American Cultural Institute Art Gallery, Wash., D.C.
March 1988
“Italian Landscapes” oil paintings and graphite drawings at Gallery K, Wash., D.C.
September 1986
“Poggibonsi Landscapes” oil and gouache paintings and drawings at Galleria Casa Di Chesino, Poggibonsi, Siena, Italy
March 1983
“BFA Show” oil paintings, pastels and etchings at Tyler School of Art Galleries, Elkins Park, PA

Group Shows and Prizes
January 2010
“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, September issue
December 2007, 2008, 2009
“Food Glorious Food” oil paintings in the ZCAF Calendar, Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
March 2008
“Trees of Life” oil paintings at Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
March 2006
“28th Anniversary Exhibition” oil paintings at Zenith Gallery, Wash., D.C.
December 2005
“Gallery Artists” oil paintings at The Hermitage Design and Art Gallery, Mclean, VA
July 2003
“Three Landscape Painters From San Gimignano”, L’Albero Celeste, San Gimignano, Siena, Italy
May 1998
“The Ten Newest Pernambuco Artists”, The Emporium of Bom Jesus, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
March 1998
“Artists and Artisans Represented” 20th Anniversary Show-case of Gallery Artists, Zenith Gallery, Wash., D.C.
December 1996
“International Icarus 1996” Third Place Award for an oil painting called “To Fly”, Nags Head, NC
October 1996
“Latin American Women Artists” oil paintings at Adams National Bank, Zenith Gallery, Wash., D.C.
November 1994
“Annual Holiday Show” landscape paintings at Zenith Gallery, Wash., D.C.
July 1992
“Intro Show” oil landscapes at Zenith Gallery, Wash., D.C.
March 1990
“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
October 1985
“Fairfax County Council of Art Award Show” First Place Award for an oil painting called “Night”, at the Fairfax County
Judicial Center, Fairfax, VA
September 1983
“New Talent” pastels and etchings at Pearl Fox Gallery, Melrose Park, PA
April 1982
“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
Spring 2008
Portrait of Norman Joseph Violette, founder of Washington Laboratories, Washington, DC
Spring 2007
Copy of “The Medlar Tree”, original oil first done in 1987, through the Hermitage Gallery, McLean, VA
Spring 2006
“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
1999-2000
“The Chapel of Our Lady Of Grace” a trompe l’oeil mural on a private chapel altar wall; 32 sq. meters, Sairč, Pernambuco,
Brazil
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

Collections
Pinacoteca of Poggibonsi, “Poggibonsi Landscape at Sunset” oil painting, 1986,
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, Wash., D.C.

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
2001-2005
Middle and High School Art Teacher, American School of Recife (Accredited by the Southern Association of Credited
Schools) drawing, painting and ceramics


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