About the Artist
 
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
EDUCATION and WORKSHOPS
EXHIBITIONS
AWARDS, COLLECTIONS and PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
ARTISTIC EVOLUTION
 
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I was raised in both cities, Caracas and Barquisimeto, Venezuela. When I was sixteen years old, I wrote a paper on French Impressionism and I fell in love with it, especially with the faces of Renoir. I told myself that someday I had to paint like that.
I married Enrique Ponte at age 18. Then, I completed my university studies in History and Geography of Venezuela. At the same time, I studied with the renowned Venezuelan artist Requena, my first serious studies of art. Then, I worked as a teacher before a mutual dream of my husband and I brought us and our three children to study in the United States.
We went to Indianapolis where I studied intensive English and began my graduate studies. Next, we moved to New Orleans, and I received my Master’s Degree in Media with a minor in Fine Art from LSU in Baton Rouge. After this, I began to work as head of a nursery for children. Then, I entered the Academy of Fine Arts of New Orleans where I completed my studies of painting. There, I studied strict realism under a diversity of professors and artists, but principally under the tutelage of the very talented Ozols Auzeklis, founder of the Academy.
After our move to El Paso, Texas in 1989, I began to teach art privately and attend various art workshops (which I continue to do because I feel that an artist can never cease to learn). Years later in El Paso, I found a professor of Impressionism, Russian artist Aleksander Titovets. I went ahead and took four years of intensive training with him in order to keep following my dreams.
In the year 2000, I went to Philadelphia to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for advanced studies for one year. This was another dream I had because my professor Ozols Auzeklis had studied there as well as famous Impressionist artists that I admire, such as Mary Cassatt. The experience was very significant because I discovered contemporary teachings rather than traditional ones, and these challenged me to become more creative and independent in my thought and works. While in Philadelphia, I also complemented my studies at the academy with workshops.

Meeting Marc Pachter, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery, was pivotal in my artistic direction toward the portrait field. He took me on a private tour to the National Portrait Gallery and gave me instructions on important steps to follow to become a great portrait painter.

While pursuing my passion for portraiture I assisted at the 10th Annual Portrait Society of America. At that conference I was fascinated with the quality and strength of Daniel Greene's work. He has been my mentor ever since.

Rosario Ponte 2008
Education
2000-01 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia : Studio for Advanced Studies
1994-98 Studied under Russian artist, Aleksander Titovets
1986-89 New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts - Studied under Auseklis Ozols
1982 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - M.A., Masters in Education with a major in
Media and a minor in Fine Arts
1979-80 ELS Language Center Indianapolis, IN - Intensive English Studies
1977 University Pedagogical Institute - Barquisimeto, Venezuela: Bachelors in Education
1972-73 Studied under Venezuelan artist, Requena
1970 Technical drawing studies at the Technical Academy - Caracas, Venezuela
Workshops
2012 Portraiture - Daniel Greene, New York
2011 Portraiture - Daniel Greene, New York
2011 Anatomy - Robert Liberace, Florida
2010 Portraiture - Daniel Greene, New York
2009 Portraiture - Jeffrey Watts, California
2009 Portraiture-Daniel Greene, New York
2009 Figure Painting-Jeremy Lipking, California
2008 Portraiture and Landscape-Daniel Greene, Spain
2008 Portraiture-Daniel Greene, New York
2000 Figure Drawing – Tim Hawksworth, PAFA, Penn.
2001 Copying from the Masters – PAFA Museum
Figure Drawing II - Tim Hawksworth, PAFA, Penn.
1998 En Plein Air School of Painting in Giverny and Monet’s Garden in France

1997

 

1996

Oil – David A. Leffel, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Arizona

Drawing – Ann James Massey, El Paso, Texas

Oil – Howard Carr, Las Cruces,NM

1994 Figure Drawing – Jack Beal of New York - Charleston, S.C.
1993 Watercolor – Timothy Clark of California
1992 Oil – Benjamin Dominguez of Mexico
1989 Watercolor – Judy Betts of Baton Rouge, La.
Oil – Earlene Barnes
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 El Paso, Tx

Mills Building Permanent Collection, Sponsored By Adair Margo

2010 El Paso, Tx International Museum of Art
2009 El Paso, Tx Sierra Providence East Medical Center
2008 El Paso, Tx International Museum of Art
2007 El Paso, Tx Adair Margo Gallery: “Rostros Juveniles”
2004 El Paso, Tx In studio exhibition
2002 El Paso, Tx In studio exhibition
1999 El Paso, Tx In studio exhibition
1998 El Paso, Tx

“Where North Meets South” - Chamizal National Memorial

Ysleta Independent School District Student Entrepreneur Center Gallery

“Young Visages” - Camino Real Hotel

“Serenite en Plain Air” - Galeria Maravilla

“Southwestern Landscapes” - El Paso City Hall

  Juarez, MX

“Where North Meets South” Instituto de Bellas Artes

1997 Juarez, MX “Impressions” - Exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology
  Washington, DC

“Border Windows, a Vision for the 21st Century: Perspectives
on the U.S. - Mexico Border Reality”

“ Still Life Impressions” - Georgetown Classical Design Gallery

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
2012 El Paso, Tx Nash Gardens. Texas Women for the Arts
2012 El Paso, Tx Arts International 2012
2012 El Paso, Tx Sun Bowl Art Exhibit 2012. International Museum of Art
2011 El Paso, Tx Sunbowl Art Exhibit at the International Museum of Art
2011 El Paso, Tx Arts International 2011
2011 San Antonio Tx Greenhouse Gallery exhibit and competition
2010 El Paso, Tx "Art Windows of El Paso", El Paso International Airport
2010 El Paso, Tx Arts International 2010
2010 Rochester, NY Rochester Erotic Arts Festival 2010
2009 El Paso, Tx Hospice of El Paso's 27th Annual Painted Chiles Auction
2009 El Paso, Tx El Paso Art Association's Arts International 2009
2009 El Paso, Tx

Hospice of El Paso Celebrity Dinner Benefits Auction

Arts International 2009

2008 El Paso, Tx Hal Marcus Gallery
2008 El Paso, Tx Los Paisanos Gallery, Chamizal National Memorial
2007 El Paso, Tx

El Paso Arts Association’s Arts International 2007 Juror Show

El Paso International Museum. Sun Bowl Art Exhibit 2007

2006 El Paso, Tx

El Paso Arts Association’s Arts International 2006 Juror Show

Exhibit “Win, Place and Show”

  Las Cruces, NM Glenn Cutter Gallery
2003 San Antonio, Tx The Green House Gallery Arts International Juror Show
  El Paso, Tx

Sierra Providence Health Network El Paso Art Association Arts
International Juror Show

  El Paso, Tx

Two person Art Exhibit “Of Paint and Stone” Los Paisanos
Gallery, Chamizal National Memorial

2002 El Paso, Tx

Sierra Providence Health Network El Paso Art Association Arts
International 2002

Galeria Kartis

  South Orange, NJ Schulte Fine Art
2001 El Paso, Tx Sierra Providence Health Network El Paso Art Association Arts
International 2001

Sunbowl Exhibit Juror Show
  New York, NY General Consulate of Venezuela
  Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

The Sketch Club Juror Show

1997 El Paso, Tx

Civic Center - Mariachi Festival

Gala dinner for The El Paso Ballet - Camino Real Hotel

Duo exhibit – Office of Congressman Silvestre Reyes

  Las Cruces, NM Collective exhibit – Rio Grande Arts , Holy Cross Retreat
1996 El Paso, Tx

Sierra Providence Health Network El Paso Art Association Arts
International 1996

Studio W Gallery

  Las Cruces, NM Linda L. Gallery
  Ruidoso, NM Thomas M. Mc Mahon Gallery
  Denver, CO Bristol Gallery
  Washington, DC Classic Design Gallery, Georgetown
  California Simic New Renaissance Galleries in Carmel, Beverly Hills, La Jolla,and San Francisco
1995-97 Santa Fe, NM Exhibit at Umbrello
  Taos, NM Hensley Southwest Gallery
  El Paso, Tx

Rio Bravo Gallery

Gala Dinner – The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  Juarez, MX Expoarte ’95, ’96, ‘97
The National Institute of Fine arts
1993-94 El Paso, Tx

Emack and Bolio’s Café

Elodia’s Boutique and Marble Furniture Store

1990 El Paso, Tx Sierra Providence Health Network El Paso Art Association Arts
International 1990
1989 New Orleans, LA Annual Student Exhibit at The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
1988 New Orleans, LA Annual Student Exhibit at The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
1987 New Orleans, LA Annual Student Exhibit at The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
Special Credits

Commissioned to paint a portrait of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for The Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant in El Paso, Tx.

Exhibit and presentation of one work of art: Artists on Art: El Paso Museum of Art

Awards

El Paso, Texas Best Cover Painting for El Paso Scene newspaper and Memorial Award.
Arts International 2012

Juror's Recognition Arts International 2011

3rd place award Rochester Erotic Arts Festival 2010

Juror's Recognition Arts International 2009

“Best of Show” Sierra Providence Health Network El Paso Art Association Arts International 2002

Guaranteed Purchaser Award - Sierra Providence Health Network El Paso Art Association Arts International 2001

Guaranteed Purchaser Award - Sierra Providence Health Network El Paso Art Association Arts International 2000

Outstanding Painting Award at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts 1989

Collections

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

Embassy of Venezuela, Washington D.C.

Consulate of Venezuela, New York City

Sierra Private Collection

Private Collection, Marc Pachter

Walker Elementary, Crandall ISD, Texas

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Portrait Society of America

Oil Painters of America

The National Museum of Women in the Arts

El Paso Art Association

OTHER SPECIAL CREDITS

Illustrated the book “ Love of All Time” by Alfonso Chavez, M.D. Editorial EON, Mexico City 2008

Painting chosen for invitation of Border Windows 1997 international conference in Washington D.C.

 
 
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