Adorable Monique is an award-winning artist brought up abroad. Having the good fortune to be mentored by a renowned artist has enriched her artistic vision. She has received numerous awards and the opportunity to exhibit in various venues. Growing up surrounded by different cultures has broadened her overall view of life. She is continuously pursuing success in personal, professional, and artistic endeavors as well in the artistic experience itself.
Among some of Monique's awards are in public art such as murals, workshops and even designing custom designs and paintings. One of these projects on a bus, known as a library bus or Bibliobus, decorated with motifs that would showcase an array of colors with the image of our earth globe holding a book featuring the flag of Honduras, as to render homage and embrace the importance of Cultural Identity. The colors would represent the diversity, emotion, dreams and imagination that arise when allowed to access the act of reading a book. This project was a Prize Cash Award sponsored by UNESCO, Plasmon and The National Library of Honduras Juan Ramon Molina BINAH. The main purpose of this project was to introduce reading to underprivileged children and adults and to experience the magic world of holding a book in their hands while entering a mobile library bus or even awaiting it in their communities.
Fortunate to be selected in the first symposium of artists of the world celebrated in Honduras, sponsored by the United Nations headquarters of Honduras PNUD, The First Lady and The Mayor’s Office. The title of the mural “Growing is Believing” which is located in the Building of Children’s and Families best known as IHNFA.
Monique's artwork has been featured in The Annual Book Collection of The National Library of Honduras Juan Ramon Molina BINAH with the titled works “Azul”, “Serenitud” and “La Leona”. Professional Art Mag in the Artist Spotlight Gallery, among illustrations and covers of several paintings and illustrations that have graced the covers of books such as The Anthology of Poetry by the Association of Writers of Honduras ANDEH, children’s books such as “Las Historias de Natalia, Silencios Habitados, Cuentos Africa (Spain), literary journals, The prestigious Naples Illustrated Charity Register magazines, The SWFL Spotlight Magazines Estero, Naples and Bonita Springs with art covers and interview.
Among her winnings with posters, “Enlightenment” was the design contest winner of The Friends of the American Latino Museum theme “To Illuminate the American Story for All.” During the 6th Annual Design Contest. The design that will be featured in the historic campaign to create the first National Museum in Washington, D.C., dedicated to honoring the contributions of American Latinos.
“Rising Notes” poster winner of the 9th Annual poster contest, The Sunny Isles Beach Jazz fest.
Public Installations in The Boardroom of Collier County Commissioners Board, Naples, FL, Selected Billboard Image Exhibit hosted by Embracing our Differences, creating awareness. Third place in the Photograph competition, in the professional category, celebrated by PLAN International in Honduras. Selected winner with the photo titled “Entorno Magico " Representing Honduras in the international juried photo exhibition, organized by the Hispanic Canadian Arts and Cultural Association, during a celebration of the diversity and vibrancy of the cultures in the 41 Pan American countries through the lens of photography. Toronto, Canada. Mural award for creating the winning mural concept for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Fort Myers, Florida. Honorable Mention in ceramics "Metamorphosis: Man-Nature" during the III Biennale of Arts of Latin America and The Caribbean sponsored by The CAC-UNAH, and Honorable Mention for “Mother” during the IHCI Biennale of Latin America and The Caribbean celebrated in Honduras. Honorable Recognition for the beautification of the ENO, Escuela Normal del Occidente, with the mural "Un Tributo a los Educadores " to educators, inspired in the landscape of one of the most important sites in the region, as represented, The Chiligatoro lagoon. La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras.
Art has been my drive, my purpose and motivation in life. It has allowed me to express myself, in ways that I couldn't otherwise do. Art has enabled me to expand my socio-historical and cultural reality beyond its parameters. In short, the biological-cultural ethnic groups in our country and elsewhere are fascinating, making us unique and special, worth unraveling.
My artwork explores the tangible and not tangible aspects of our natural world and human experience, I intend to portray the inner beauty of things and complexities, a deep meaning behind the apparent, our natural environment represents life and the water nurtures the land with fertility and knowledge. I believe in the mission and vision to preserve the natural resources, with the hope that my art may speak to the audience to create conscious towards nature. Also, the importance of cultural heritage, cultural heritage makes our lives great, not only because of who we are, and our diversity, but where we are headed.
Assessing the significance found in each context and the appreciation of the values of life. My inspiration comes from seeing diversity up closely, the sense of belonging and acceptance is sought throughout life and portrayed in my art, embracing our hopes and dreams.
So first of all identified with the female gender, to showcase women surrounded by natural resources in nature; also, birds, which represent freedom and rising high as a metaphor to achieve aspirations and goals. Shapes that would represent stages of transformation, the purpose of evolving into a diverse culture while embracing traditions, beliefs and self identity.