About

MICHELE GUARINO CONTEMPORARY FINE ART

Michele Guarino

Michele Guarino is an award-winning contemporary photographer and conceptual artist. Her impressive art seems to capture the very essence of the places she encounters on her worldwide travels. She brings life and energy to each moment in time.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“Within those crystal-clear moments when acknowledging nature, my spirit connects, perhaps sings with joy, as I see the great power of the creator. On a conscious level my primary goal is to combine color, design, harmony and awareness to reveal my subject. On an unconscious plane, I perceive, the elements of life, energy and breath.”

 

AMERICA

Michele M. Guarino, a contemporary fine art photographer has been professionally involved in the world of art for the past two decades. Her studies include the Parson’s School of Design, Southeast Center for Photo/Graphics in Daytona Beach, Florida and Fine Art at the University of Miami, Florida. For years, her focus has been on documentaries, self-supporting agencies, and personal projects. Many of her photographs include day-to-day life, creating a visual timeline of her history. Her documentaries have featured The Florida School of the Deaf & Blind, Special Olympics, The Autism Society of America, The Department of Veterans Affairs, Hope and Help Center (HIV/AIDS), and Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, which received a $60,000.00 grant from UPS.  She also served on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographer Guild of Palm Beach. Her work has appeared in Artnews Magazine, and in a number of other formats and venues, such as newspapers, brochures, newsletters, annual reports, websites, exhibitions, galleries, and in private collections.

Since the age of 16, Michele has been passionate about connecting to all walks of life, from high society to the homeless. Born and raised in the Garden State of New Jersey, she was conveniently exposed to New York City, a melting pot of the world. Attending photography school there particularly influenced her thoughts and feeling about the world, with great diversity and connection. She realized early on that we are all interconnected to the energy of the universe. Her journey has taken many turns and climbed many mountains, revealing that life is an inside spiritual connection to God. He nourishes, He heals, and He reveals the mystical powers of life. Michele believes the destination is between you and God — Are you listening to the whispers of the voice within or drowning in the world without? 

After she lost her mother from breast cancer, her art was transformed. For Michele, life would never be the same. From the sorrow within, she began photographing abstract water images and, to her amazement, found a calming effect on her mind and spirit. Through the lens of her camera, while focusing on the motion of the sea, she found her healing.

      “Water nourishes my soul and gives me a sense of awe, because it looks back at you and reveals the power of life. It evokes many moods and emotions, strengths and fears. I believe water is a reflection of the soul, a mirror into the unknown, and it unites my energy forces. Creating art is an essential part of me — it opens the flow of energy and communication between God and myself, forming a channel where the heart and the spirit are united. I cannot stop the burning desire, the calling, to create art. If I do, my spirit dies. Once the conversation is finished, the art is revealed.”

CURRICULUM VITAE

GALLERY AFFILIATIONS

2014   The Englishman Gallery, Naples, Florida

2011   Borghi Fine Art, Englewood, New Jersey 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012   Naples Depot Museum: 1051 5th Avenue South, Naples, Florida 

2010   Lee Wagener Art Gallery:  “Kinetic Energy” Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Florida, Broward County Cultural Division, Public Art and Design.   

2008   The Firm “Urban Vision”, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2005   Stork Café  “Tasha Diane”, Wilton Manor, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Independent/Arts United Photo Contest Winner

1998   Carefree Theater:  “City Life Stills”  West Palm Beach, Florida

1997   The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies “Everyday Life” Daytona Beach, Florida

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AWARDS

2008  ArtBRAVO   1st Place Photography  “Seeing the Light”   Art Serve, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2008  Art Serve: Best in Show  “Interconnected”  Abstracts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013     Naples Museum, THY GOD/thy self  Fabric Panel, Naples, Florida

2012    The Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Florida 

2011     George Ryan, Wilton Manor, Ft. Lauderdale 

2010    Pet Lovers Exhibition, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Fl 

2010    Art Fallout, Girl’s Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2010    Doing Business As…, Gallery 101, Ft. Lauderdale 

2010    Mueso, Delray Beach, Florida 

2009    Doing Business As… , Gallery 6, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2008    Holiday Member Showcase, Art Serve, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2008     All Florida Juried, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Fl

2008     Twelve by Twelve – The Collective Art Serve, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2008    Home Is Where The Art Is , Art Serve, Ft. Lauderdale. Florida

2008    Landscape, Art Serve, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2006    Community Foundation Palm Beach & Martin Counties, West Palm Beach, Florida , “The Everglades”

2006    Palm Beach Photographic Center Infocus, 10th Juried Exhibition, Delray Beach, Florida

PUBLICATION

2013   Coastal Life, The News Press, “The Light and the Dark”, Naples, Florida 

2009   Art Beat New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Newspaper, Feb.12-18

2008   Art Walk kick-off The Pelican Wilton Manors, Newspaper, November 14

2008   A Question of Taste   New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Newspaper, August 21

2008   Travel Planner Sun-Sentinel, Newspaper, August 3

ISLAND CITY ART WALK

2011  George Ryan “The Drive” Wilton Manors, Florida

2010  Juice Blendz “The Drive” Wilton Manors, Florida 

DESIGNER SHOWROOMS 

2011   Minimalist, Ft. Lauderdale

2010  Mueso, Delray Beach, Florida 

2009  Selective Arts Inc., Delray Beach, Florida

BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC ART AND DESIGN

Duane Hanson Allied Artist Pool 

PRIVATE COLLECTORS 

Brian Zika, Wilton Manors, Florida 

Christina Roldan, Plantation, Florida 

Sean Bennett, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 

Louis Rubenstein, Cincinnati, Ohio 

121 Design Group, Naples, Florida

Bilmar South, Boynton Beach, Florida

Dr. Kera M. Sinclair, Boynton Beach, Florida

Dan Hoffman, Highland Beach, Florida

Wayne Bennett, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Debra J. Interiors, Boca Raton, Florida

Gracie Short, Boca Raton, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. Clyatt, St. Augustine, Florida

Dr. Pecoraro, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Nancy Drazic, Deerfield Beach, Florida 

Joan Bellezza, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey

Point of Americas, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Treo, Miramar, Florida 

Paris Lauren Interiors, North Palm Beach, Florida

Park Kendell, Kendell, Miami

 

Atlantico at Tuscany, Delray Beach, Florida

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2013   Thy GOD/thy self Art Project: Co-created with the PACE Center for Girls in Collier County

2012   St. John the Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale. Presentation on Jerusalem, The Holy Land. 

2009   Richard C. Sullivan Public Library, Wilton Manor, Florida. Creative Arts Workshop

2007   Dr. Carmine Pecoraro Psy. D and Associates, Ft. Lauderdale. Art in Recovery Workshop

DOCUMENTARY and AUDIOVISUAL MULIT-IMAGE PRESENTATIONS

2014   Camino De Santiago, Spain 

2000  Department of Veterans Affairs, Miami, Florida  

1999  Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, Jacksonville, Florida. Recipient of a UPS Grant for 60,000.00.                                                                                                                                      

1997   Hope & Help Center, HIV/AIDS Resource Center, Orlando, Florida

1996   The Riverfund, HIV/AIDS Service Community, Sebastian, Florida                                             

1995    Autism Society of America, Bethesda, Maryland          

1995    Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, St. Augustine, Florida

PHOTOGRAPHIC EDUCATION 

1999   University of Miami, Miami, Florida, Digital Photography and Fine Art. 

1997   The Southeast Center for Photo/Graphics, Daytona Beach, Florida Graphic Design and Photography

1982   Parson’s School Design, New York City      Fashion Photography

WORKSHOP

2011   Creative Capital Professional Development Program, ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale

 

TESTIMONIALS

“Her works is, in a word, excellent. More then this, Michele is a deeply compassionate person who is readily accepted by those around her. She has a strong sense of what needs to be done balanced by an unassuming nature. Michele interacts very well with large and small groups. Besides her artistic ability, which is exceptional, she has strong people skills, which seem based on her deep held belief that all are to be treated with dignity. A great combination of talent, strength and sensitivity.” –Dan Johnson, past Program Director of Ministry for Persons of Disabilities.

“Michele has the wonderful ability to capture your vision for photographic art for any given design project.  She will then seek out and shoot the specific subject matter, capturing that shot from the unusual vantage point you may be looking for, and manipulate colors to enhance the artistic statement…she gets it and makes it happen!” Katina Chirillo, 121 Design Group  

“I had the pleasure of attending Creative Capital workshop with photographer Michele Guarino and was assigned to research her work and present her to the group. I was already familiar with her beautiful images but was unaware of the range of her voice and the mission of her work. She is able to capture a wide spectrum of subjects in their true and radiant form. Her purpose rings through with uplifting clarity for peace, health and compassion.
Her portraits are relaxed and natural, her journalistic work is compelling and her fine art is consistently original while exhibiting the same technical skill that comes with years of studying, observing and recording the world around us.” – Owner, Artist JoAnn Nava

Michele Guarino ©2015  / PO Box 2953, Naples, FL 34106 / (954) 560-1603