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February Art Show featuring Sheila Burgos “Always Me”

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come meet the artist at our monthly art show reception!

Show Title ”Always me” In the memory of Antonio Cruz

Artist Statement:
I paint with the purpose of unraveling and processing my experiences throughout my upbringing while delving into memories of my life on the island of Puerto Rico. Chaotic and emotive marks made in black charcoal, oil or wax crayons lay the final lyrics for my artistic language. Bold brush strokes are applied, loaded with semi-mixed paint and translucent shapes in vibrant colors; letting go of control. I paint and distress inspired by traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi. The wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.

At a young age, I stumbled across my uncle Tony’s book about illustrated Vogue covers, and it was an eye-opener; all of a sudden I wanted to pursue art. My uncle moved to San Francisco in the ’80s, finding a place and a family where he could be his true self, he was my greatest influence. I know back home in Puerto Rico, there was a great need and there is still a great need for places like The Center and Zebra Coalition, which provides free HIV testing and free housing for youth at the community among other services. I’m happy we are moving forward to a brighter future, but I acknowledge there is a lot of work still to be done. For me, it is an honor to expose my art at The Center. As an Allied and a proud mother of a Gay son and Drag Queen, the LBTQ+ community is a very important part of my life. Being a mother of such a creative and talented son is the best reward I would ever have.

Artist Bio:

Sheila Burgos is a contemporary mix media artist and painter living and working in Winter Park, Florida. Originally born in 1975 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she has obtained B.A. in Arts with a concentration in Graphic Arts from the University of PR. Subsequently, she attended The Art Ligue of Puerto Rico in Old San Juan, acquiring new techniques and knowledge from abstract painter Eric Sánchez.

Her artistic process began as a child as part of her natural way of expression, getting usually inspired by nature. Her art is characterized by vibrant colors, contrasting shapes, and bold compositions. An expression is very important for her, to move emotions through the spectator’s eyes is her goal. She breaks her reality, into this surreal world, in which stories are told in an abstract dialogue.

10% of all sales directly benefit The Center Orlando. A cash bar is available.

For more information email: [email protected]


February 6
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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LGBT+ Center Orlando
946 North Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803 United States