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Sheila Elias, (born 1945, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American artist. Her works have been featured in exhibitions across North America and have been accorded international acclaim at such exhibitions as the Liberty show at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Elias graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago, lives and works in Miami, Florida and in New York City. As an artist and art historian, Elias works with the layers of life and art history, seeking in it a connection between art aesthetics and social consciousness.
Elias has been doing installations reflecting her studio’s neighborhood since the 1980s and she has received recognition for her unique vision blending social consciousness with the aesthetic of art. Her work spans the disciplines of painting, digital mixed media, sculpture, installation and performance.
"I like to portray a perception of urban tension, raw emotions and harsh realities tempered with gentle optimism and beauty, countering an American dream that has gone a bit astray. American sensibilities have influenced my life, the hues of my country found in the colors of my canvas. I like to bring an awareness of new directions and individual inventiveness. Through life experience, I incorporate visual, emotional, and psychological impressions and feed them into my paintings."
* Museo Vault in Wynwood Art District, Miami
* Lila G. Martinez Gallery, Cambridge, Mass.
* Farmani Gallery, “SOMEWHERE-ANYWHERE,” Los Angeles, Calif.
* Bass Museum, “I Wanna Be Loved by You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe,” Miami Beach, Fla.
* Lancaster County Art
* OMNIART, "Sonic Silence," Miami, Fla.
* Boca Raton Museum of Art
* Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Fla.
* Kim Foster Gallery, "Beyond the Camera...," New York, NY
* Veneto Gallery, Miami, Fla.
* "Secret Gardens," Travelling Exhibition, Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Fla.
* Bernard Biderman Gallery, New York, NY
* Metro Dade Cultural Resource Center, Miami, Fla.
* New England Center for Contemporary Art
* Anne Jaffe Gallery, Bay Harbour, Fla.
* Ratner Gallery, Chicago, IL
* Paula Allan Gallery, New York, NY.
* Louvre, Institute des Decoratifs, "Liberty: the Official Exhibitions Centenary
of the Statue of Liberty", Louvre Institut des Decoratifs, Paris, France
* New York Public Library, New York, NY
* Danville Museum of Fine Arts, Danville, Virginia
* Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
* Pictogram Gallery, East Village, NY
* Rutgers University, NJ
Works in public collections (selected)
* Frost Art Museum, Miami, Fla.
1. ^ "Statement from artist's website". http://www.sheilaelias.com/html/bio.html.
Elias, Sheila; Frank, Peter; Anderson-Spivy, Alexandra; Lowe Art Museum Staff (July 1997). Sheila Elias: Secret Gardens. Lowe Art Museum. ISBN 9780964861411.
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