“For work, I have only ever been an Artist. Now I am also an inspirational teacher, healer and a writer.” I graduated in Fine Art from UCSB. I spent a year in Venice, Italy at the Accademia di Belle Arti completely immersed into painting and art under the influential abstract painter, Emilio Vedova. I thought I would be making a career in abstract oil paintings and miniature abstract watercolors, until I discovered in my final year back at UCSB, the Traditional Japanese Papermaking Technique which I learned from a Contemporary Master Papermaker, Hiromi Katayama. First, however, I redefined the technique in my own unique approach and like a bullet set my career in a non-stop forward motion.
My tendencies went toward Utopic tropical landscapes. It was an overnight success story. My works in that genre were highly sought after. For twenty five years and with the influence of my Brasilian upbringing, the tropical landscapes created a popular long standing theme, Escape to Paradise. I successfully shared this inspiration with the world, touching many people at some of the top Art Festivals in California as well as Florida and New York, personally in her studio and via the Poster market. It ran a long course and finally I discovered that you cannot be an artist when you are in an uninspired place. Life forced me into a very long and eye opening Sabbatical. I used this time to heal myself through art, experimenting and combining other medium with the beautiful papers I always made. I moved out of the Tropical niche that so defined me and did so many new things with my art. But I knew I wanted to try my hand at painting again as I love abstract art. I now enjoy the more energetic experience of expression through painting and especially palette knife painting.
In hind site the Sabbatical was an artist’s dream even though the timing of it was hard. I made significant changes to my art as well as to my life. There is renewed strength, passion and emotion in my new works and I moved to Miami, which was quite the change, but also didn’t feel like it was my place. I did however suffer greatly and feel the growing pains. I painted and painted and surrendered all that I thought I knew best for me and upon giving all of that up, I found I was more accompanied and guided than ever before in my life. I got close to my Heavenly Father and as I built my faith, He shaped and molded me for His purpose and my new path. I totally transformed and I am so grateful for enduring that process. I am truly inspired and the evidence is in the artwork.
I have accomplished several Series:
The PAINT YOUR HEART OUT Series – 2009-2012
THE LOVE AND ABUNDANCE Series – 2012-2013
THE PAINTING ANGEL COLLECTION – 2015 – and growing
The SPRINGS OF LIVING WATERS – Summer Collection – 2016
THE LIGHT SERIES – on going
While I have not abandoned my papermaking technique and collaging, I plan to make new and exciting advances there too in the near future. But for now, I am painting! The difference that is now surfacing in my work is a bolder and more confident approach. The use of color and texture through palette knife techniques is rich and exciting and the subjects coincide with current projects and personal influences. My art became deeper and more spiritual in nature. As much as I love color, this new LIGHT Series is a wonderful challenge as the colors are more neutral and just very different for me.
I moved to Miami in the Summer of 2012. I left the world of outdoor Art Festivals behind to focus on my lifelong dream of opening my own Gallery and taking my art to a new level! In Mid-October 2012, I opened a Gallery/Studio at the Bird Road Art District but closed after one year. The distance from home to work and raising two kids was just too much. I took on a small studio in downtown Miami to mull over my next project, maybe a School/Gallery/Cafe but instead I realigned my life with God’s purpose and am now in Naples since December 2015!
My Studio/Gallery is in the Naples Art District and ample enough to give classes.
ANDREA BELOFF Fine Art
5760 Shirley St. #20 | Naples, FL 34109
GALLERY NIGHT – ART ALIVE is every 1st Wednesday of the Month, 5-8pm
and 10am-4pm every 3rd Saturday of the Month