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Ramona Candy
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am proud to be Brooklyn-born and raised. Earning a degree in art, while studying dance in studios throughout NYC, my work in dance and art has always, intentionally or not, strived to motivate and inspire my audience, my students, my friends and my collectors. My passion for dance turned into a performing and teaching career spanning over 25 years. Crediting my resourceful single mom as inspiration, I can’t say which came first -- dance or visual art -- as I remember encouragement in and a passion for both, very early in life. That passion has never died. I consider myself a motivational artist. Having communicated through dance for so long, it’s only natural that movement manifests in my works on canvas and paper. Through, dance I connected with culture and personal heritage. My passion for dance, culture, traditions and my art are well-blended and I call myself a "choreographer on canvas." My colors, reminiscent of my Caribbean heritage and the stage, are bright and bold, along with use of collage and textures to keep the work alive. I've been told there is a spirituality in what I paint or collage and, because it is not always my intention, I'm very much okay with that. Currently, I am the Director of St. Joseph’s College Council for the Arts, as well as an emerging curator and occasional dance instructor. My work at St. Joseph's includes presenting professional artists, musicians, dancers to the college community as well as the surrounding neighborhood. My own art can be found in private and public collections including the NYC Health and Hospitals Corp., Dunn Development, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura - MuBE Sao Paolo, Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute - Utica, NY, and galleries in New York and the tri-state area. I am a motivational artist, “choreographer on canvas”, accidental historian and an occasional blogger. My blog is called “Now All I Need is the Cape … and Other Reflections of a Superwoman” www.ramonacandy.blogspot.com, And, I maintain a studio in Clinton Hill.
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ARTIST RESUME:


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute - Utica, New York
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Hotel 718, Brooklyn, NY
Dunn Development Corporation, Brooklyn, NY
MuseuBrasileiro da Escultura - MuBE Sao Paolo, Brasil
Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo, Brasil

COMMISSIONS
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, 2009
Brooklyn Academy of Music – Dance Africa, 2010

CURATORIAL
2016 - Lessons - St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY (group show)
2014 - Interference - St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn (2 visiting artists)
2014 - Urban Soul - St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY (8 artists)
2013 - Momentum - St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY (10 artists)
2012 - Collage& Assemblage - St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY (7 artists)

SELECTED ONE PERSON / TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2008 - Facing Self: There’s a Story Here - St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn, NY
2008 - Women of Strength and Courage - Brooklyn Public Library
2007 - Reflection in Motion - Bronx Community College - Bronx, NY
2006 - Body Language - The Creative Center, NYC

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
Black Voices, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY
Harlem IS: A State of Mind, MIST & Community Works, NYC
Legacy, Leroy Neiman Arts Center, NYC

2015
Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NYC

2014
Rush Arts Gallery, NYC
Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NYC
Clover Fine Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC

2013
Joining Forces: Living Art on the Hill, City College of New York
Leroy Neiman Center, NYC
Picture That LLC, Stamford, CT

2012
Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
LDToone Fine Arts, NYC
Dorsey Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
TRA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Jadite Gallery, NYC

2011
Knox Gallery, NYC
Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY
Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NYC
African American Museum, Hempstead, NY
Hanson Gallery, Honesdale, PA

2010
Brooklyn Academy of Music, DanceAfrica, 2010 Visual Artist
Graphias Casa da Gravura, Sao Paolo, Brazil,
GaleriaGravuraBrasileira, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2010
MuseuBrasileiro da Escultura – MuBE Sao Paulo, Brasil
Artists Speaking for the Spirits – Artcurian Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Rock Paper Scissors - Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Visual Beats – Caribbean Compositions – Clover Fine Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009
Espaco Atelier, Projeto 12x14 Sao Paolo, Brazil
Art and Democracy – Visual Artists Guild, NYC
Jazz and Art - Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC
Three Haitian Artists - 1199 SEIU Bread & Roses Project, NYC

2008
Bridge as Icon - Tabla Rasa Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
Edition 2008” - Goloborotko Studio - Brooklyn, NY
Images of Color – New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYC

2007
Works on Paper - Bravura Gallery - Southampton, NY
Carribeance – Center for Arts & Culture/Skylight Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
BrooklyNature – St. Joseph’s College - Brooklyn, NY (juried, 2nd prize)
Face of Victory: Life & Success of People of African Descent - Pen and Brush – NYC

2006
Vortex - Blue Man Group – Astor Theater, NYC – Grand Prize Winner
International African Arts Festival - Brooklyn, NY – Selected Visual Artist
Neighborhood Divas - Corridor Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
20th International Juried Show - Visual Arts Center of New Jersey



 








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