We have the pleasure of welcoming Florencia Clement de Grandprey to our gallery beginning May 13. Check out her biography & her art below and come and visit our studio for her work.
Florencia Clement de Grandprey
Born and raised in southern Spain, I'm the daughter of an American mother and a French/Italian father, living and working in Fort Lauderdale, FL, since 2004.
I'm a self-taught mixed media artist, whose mission is to empower and inspire through positive and meaningful artwork.
My artistic adventure began in late 2014, when I quit my full time job in interior design to pursue my real passion: painting.
I have developed a style without rules, which gives me great freedom. I combine my love of the classic masters with contemporary design flair to produce mixed media paintings.
My style and media have evolved over the last few years as I’m continuously exploring surfaces and materials…
Initially, I set out to paint on canvas and incorporated up-cycled and repurposed materials that would otherwise be disposed of, such as discontinued fabric and paper samples, to create backgrounds and “dress” my subjects. Three years into my adventure, I discovered I could paint directly on upholstery fabric and area rugs and fell in love with the effect I was able to achieve in this new medium. The patterns become intertwined with the image and add yet another dimension to it. I find these layers are a metaphor for us to look deeper than what meets the eye.
At the heart of my artwork is my desire to portray strong and confident, soul-aligned men and women. I want to celebrate who we are and everything that makes us unique, perfectly imperfect beings, by bringing out our strengths and our beauty; as a reminder of who we really are and to say “I see you and honor you”.
I believe portraying a variety of ethnicities is the best way to promote inclusion. It is important to me that everyone feels represented in my artwork as a mirror of society. At the same time, my artwork is very much a reflection of my life and, therefore, I am in some way, in every one of my paintings.
I have never been happier than when I paint. I always say: “there’s no plan B for one’s passion”.