Born in Lima, Peru, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976 where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. She obtained her Fine Art Certificate from Emily Carr University in 2014. She is currently enrolled in the Advanced Study Certificate- Painting at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and has traveled extensively throughout the world studying different art forms.
Her interests and focus are: acrylic painting, photography, and jewelry design using stones, pearls, sterling silver and silver clay.
Monica's energy and passion are expressed her mixed media paintings and abstract photographs. Her artwork draws upon the exceptional natural landscape and diverse marine life of the Pacific West Coast as well as tribal symbolism which she captures in silver, on photographs or canvas.
She applies thick layers of acrylic paint with palette knives that develop an almost 3-D effect which suggests organic energy, flow and movement. The complex surface and depth in her paintings is created using multiple techniques: overlaying thin and thick layers of opaque and translucent acrylic colour gels, inks, silver and gold leaf, and incorporating natural materials including sand, paper, fabric, stones, pearl dust and stone.
She describes her work thus:
"My textured paintings strive to reflect and connect cultures through the use of modern materials, colours and techniques. I use texture to blur the line between painting and sculpture integrating man made elements such as paper, natural elements like semi-precious stones and gravel and traditional textile designs from various cultures including my native Peru.
A unique feature of my work is that, like sculptures, they invite the viewer to touch them. Visually impaired people may be specially rewarded as they are able to experience art in a non-traditional way.
In addition to the extensive use of texture in my work, I use multiple thin veils/layers of colour which are juxtaposed to create colour-fields and luminosity while allowing each colour to express its own meaning in each painting. To me the textures and veils/layers of colour in my work are a visual representation and expression of emotional complexity."