Amelia ST: The Artist Who Paints Mixed Media Portraits

What project are you working on now?

Currently, I am working on 6 portrait commissions and one for my own collection.

Awesome! How has your work developed since the previous show?

I’ve been developing my oil painting details.


What’s the last show that you saw? 

The last exhibition I went to was On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art at the Perez Museum.

Sounds interesting! What’s the last show that surprised you? Why? 

I was fascinated by how much emotion was in the landscapes and horizon pieces. Being a portrait artist, I’m so used to seeing and expressing emotion in people and it was refreshing to see these.

What’s your favorite place to see art? 

My favorite place to see Art is in different cities I travel to, often artists painting on the street. I think it’s very sentimental and raw. Whether it’s on an easel or on a wall.


Same here. What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?

The most indispensable item in my studio is my music. Supplies are all dispensable.

Where are you finding ideas for your work these days? 

These days I’m finding inspiration in the change of seasons, and a bit of fear as well. A lot of things are rapidly changing in my life and I force myself to dive into what I want even if it scares me.

Do you collect anything? 

I am very much a minimalist. I don’t like holding on to Material things. The only thing I’m starting to collect is artwork.


You seem down to earth! What’s the last artwork you made? 

The last painting I completed was an Audrey Hepburn commissioned a portrait.

What’s the first artwork you ever sold? 

One of the first pieces I sold for its true value was a portrait of the Hindu God Ganesha I painted many years ago.

What’s your art-world pet peeve? 

My biggest art world pet peeve is meeting artists that are judgmental and pretentious. I believe that no matter what age or experience level you’re at, there is always something to learn from someone else especially a fellow artist.


True, everyone learns every day. What’s your favorite post-gallery watering hole or restaurant? 
 What would you do to get it?

My favorite spot in Miami would have to be Broken Shaker.  Great post gallery ambiance and craft cocktails.

What work of art do you wish you owned?

That’s really tough. I wish I owned an original Michelangelo piece. Or realistically, a Pichiavo original. I wouldn’t do anything crazy though. I believe anything you want in life is attainable with hard work and good energy.


Good point, love that. What international art destination do you most want to visit?

Well, I’ve been to Paris. So probably Italy or Spain! Those are up next.

 Who’s your favorite living artist? 

I have so many favorite living artists! (Not in order) Pichiavo, David Walker, J.M. Robert, Hueman, Madsteez, Swoon, Conor Harrington, Hopare, my buddies Francis Khuu and Kre8artafax.

Sofia Vazquez


Born and raised in Miami, Florida. I am currently a sophomore studying marketing at Florida International University. Intern for Midtown Miami Magazine.

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