SSF 2019 Featured Visual Artist Cheri Vice

Cheri Vice Painting

Cheri Vice is a Cuban-American visual artist, who creates bright, vibrant murals, paintings, and anything else she can put a brush to. As a child she loved to be in nature, draw, and read. Her Abuela would often circle their barrio in Hialeah only to find Cheri drawing under a lime tree. In her teen years, Cheri channeled her creativity through photography, eventually interning at the Miami Herald and working toward her degree in photojournalism.

In her early 20’s she became a single mother and was raising two beautiful boys on her own. Cheri went back to school to become a teacher. Despite the difficulties of being a full-time mother, worker and student she graduated Magna Cum Laude and became an educator. After over a decade of raising and educating children, Cheri refocused back to her first passion, art. In the last two years she created three large scale murals, countless art pieces, and participated in several shows highlighting her paintings.

The child that loved to draw and be in nature is still at the center of Cheri’s existence. Using art to bring to light the beauty and sanctity of nature, Earth, and the divine feminine is her passion. She portrays the sacredness of Woman, Earth, and Universe as all interconnected and powerful at their essence. Cheri envisions a world where all people care for one another and the planet we share, using her art to make this vision a reality.

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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