Born in Lima, Peru, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976 where she obtained a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. She recently obtained an Advanced Painting and Fine Art Technique Certificate from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Monica’s energy and passion are expressed in her unique jewelry and mixed media paintings. Her work draws on tribal symbolism and the landscape of the Pacific West Coast which she captures in silver, or canvas.
Her handmade jewelry is a fusion of decorative and fine art. People like to wear my jewelry because it is unique, modern, simple, and chic complementing any fashion direction. It is “one of a kind sculptural wearable art …that is timeless”.
Her jewelry work is showcased year-round at: Crafthouse-Discover BC, YVR domestic terminal, Marilyn’s Fashions in West Vancouver, Audain Museum in Whistler, Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner (MONA), Washington, Whatcom- Lightcatcher Museum, Bellingham Washington.
Monica’s paintings are unique in the way she combines texture and washes. She applies thick layers of acrylic paint and medium with palette knives, resulting in a 3-D effect, suggesting organic energy, flow and movement. At the same time, she uses multiple glazes of colour to produce contrast and harmony, creating lightness, fluidity, and ephemeral atmospheric effects.
She is currently represented by the Kube Gallery, International Ars Gallery, Ukama Gallery and most recently Mattick’s Gallery in Victoria.