Andrea Moni (b. 1962 in Worcester, Mass. Lives and works in Southern California)
Andrea studied black and white photography in 1993 under the tutelage of renown photographer Peggy Ann Jones, and later established her own award winning photography studio. In 1995 she moved with her family to Argentina, where she began working with paint and color. She quickly became acquainted with the creative community in Buenos Aires and was touched by the local color and culture. More importantly, however, she discovered that painting was her personal language and a vehicle to express her innermost feelings. In 2001 the family returned to California, due to Argentina’s economic collapse. Years of deliberately honing her craft ultimately led to a monumental change that was out of her control. In 2015 Andrea was seriously burned in a traumatic accident and the impetus of her work shifted towards collaboration and healing. In 2018 Andrea was juried in as a Gallery Artist: at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and was recently appointed as the Gallery Treasurer.
Andrea has lifted herself out of the ashes more than once, but her more recent accident has inspired a new purpose. Since being burned, Andrea has been working on a series of large-scale canvas paintings using organic earth pigments, the natural flow of water and egg tempera (a very permanent technique utilizing non-toxic materials). The careful selection of raw materials help to heighten awareness of society's harmful habits and bring to light healthier solutions. More importantly, however, Moni collaborates with individuals who have also experienced trauma and together at the ocean shore, they create movable tapestries that later become the backgrounds for the final piece. The process is in itself a healing ritual and the end result is a painting whose purpose is to send a message about collaboration and letting go.