Debbi Becker – Artist
 
Bio / CV:
 
 
Debbi Becker
Henrico, VA
dbartist526@gmail.com
305-343-0402
Website - DebbiArt.com
Born:  Miami, Florida
 
ARTISTBIO:

 

Debbi Becker is a native of Miami, Florida and currently lives in Henrico, Virginia.

 

​Debbi continues to be mentored and guided in her art from two well known artists in Florida.

Louise Freshman Brown M.F.A. (Retired Professor from UNF, Jacksonville)  since 2009 and Pablo Contrisciani M.F.A. since 2006

at the Miami Art Center, now Oolite Arts on Lincoln Rd.

 

​Before leaving Florida, Debbi was Artist In Residence at SeminoleArt Studio and Gallery from 2017 until May, 2020. 

She continued to teach collage, mixed media and painting.

Previous to that, Debbi was the Artist in Residence/Creative Director at Gallery 2014 in Hollywood, Florida from 2013 until 2017.

Debbi taught collage and mixed media art classes/workshops as well as showing her own artwork in the gallery at openings and various show.  

Debbi was the Co-Founder of BecBer Studios in Dania Beach, Fla (until building sold) and the Co-Founder of FOR ART SAKE in Hollywood from 2009 to 2011 (closed due to Landlord doubling rent).

 

Debbi has shown and sold her work in several South Florida venues as listed below.  

 

In addition, Debbi worked with different practitioners and Dr. George Munoz of the OASIS Institute doing “Art as Therapy” to assist

in MIND/BODY Integrative Medicine in Aventura Florida. Debbi was also a member of Art Serve, SFAA, and a Contributor and Artist Member of “The Artful Activist” Group of Miami where a vest she designed, which is displayed in a Museum in Miami. Debbi also worked on Social Causes with ArtServe a Non-Profit Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla (in 2019).

 

Debbi has mastered a wide variety of media during her career. For many years, her primary focus was on collage and mixed media. She gravitated to this media because each piece allowed her to develop the widest possible range of personal meaning as she put down unique surfaces, textures and fragments that reflected her life experiences, struggles and feelings.

 

Currently Debbi has moved to more abstract expressionistic visual art since that period has always resonated with her. Especially

with the women artists of that time. She continues to describe herself as a “message” artist and is keenly aware of the social and environmental issues that surround us and seeks to articulate how she perceives them, her connection to nature, and welcomes thoughtful commentary on the range of emotions and responses that her work evokes. She looks forward to connecting with

people on a deeper level than ever before.

 

 

Details of Bio Below:

 

Employment:

Self-employed Artist (DebbiArt.com)

Artist in Residence @ SeminoleArt (May 2017 - May 2020).

Facilitated Workshops for Florida Artist Educators Association (January 2017)

Mixed Media Art Instructor @ Gallery 2014 (2013 - 2017)

Creative Director and Artist in Residence @ Gallery 2014

Co-Owner FOR ART SAKE, INC , Hollywood Florida

Co-Owner BecBer Art Studio, Dania Beach Florida

1974 to 2006 worked for BellSouth in numerous capacities, 2006 took early retirement.

Built Scale Model for large important buildings (Cedars of Lebanon Hospital lobby) for Arch firm in Miami (1972)

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST CV:

 

Exhibitions:

Oolite Arts Lincoln Rd, Student Art Show for Advanced Class

Crossroads Art Center, Richmond VA,  Member on line show themed The Color Red 2021

ArtServe - 30th Anniversary juried exhibit (10-26-2019).

Represented by Gallery 2014, Hollywood, Fla from 2013 to 2018. 

"Exposed" exhibit at Hollywood Art and Cultural Center, Hollywood Fl,  March 2017

"PROFILES" - Mixed Media Exhibition @ L/MERCADO Studios, Hollywood, FL  Sept 2016

"Exposed Essence" Show @ Gallery 2014,  January - February 2016.

"Homage To Debbi Becker"  @ Starbucks, Hollywood Circle, Students of MuzArt 2015

"Alchemy" Show @ Gallery 2014, February thru March 2014.

“The Meditating Women” was chosen in 2013 to be shown in Ocean Drive’s on-line Magazine during Art Basil 2013.
Tree of India – June 2012 to December 2013 Consignment artwork
FOR ART SAKE – Mixed Media Exhibition 2011
Invited by Jury to exhibit at Miami Independent Thinkers/ART BASEL 2010 CASA WYNWOOD 2010
FOR ART SAKE: Day of the Dead Exhibition, November 2010
FOR ART SAKE: Grand Opening Exhibition, August 2010
ArtWalk on Harrison Street - April 2010 – Live painting and exhibit of work – City requested
BecBer Studio- Co Owner, Dania Beach displayed May 2009 through April 2010
Student Exhibition: Lincoln Road Art Center, Miami , July 2008


Collectors:

Have sold 100plus works of art and have several collectors.

Donated to Miami Independent Thinkers 6/2013 for Silent Auction
Donated for Auctions: 3 knife and oil paintings, and two Mixed Media pieces through 2017

 


Art Education:

Ongoing - Debbi continues to take Drawing and Mixed Media Class/Workshops with Louise Freshman Brown,

retired UNF Professor of Fine Art, at St. Augustine Art Institute as continued education (started in 2009).

Ongoing - Painting & Drawing with Pablo Contrisciani, (Master of Fine Art) Lincoln Road Art Center.

Debbi continues to rely on Pablo Contrisciani as an important mentor and takes his classes as continued education (started in 2006).

2014 - Participated in a Drawing and Painting class in Venice, Italy with Louise Freshman Brown, UNF Professor of Fine Art.

2010 -2011 took weekly classes Mixed Media with Megan Dejo, BA in Fine Arts from Barry University.

2011 - Advanced Drawing with Mary Larsen.

2009 - Ongoing (Bi-Annually) - Debbi continues to take Drawing and Mixed Media Class/Workshops with Louise Freshman Brown,

retired UNF Professor of Fine Art, at St. Augustine Art Institute as continued education.

2006 – Ongoing - Painting & Drawing with Pablo Contrisciani, (Master of Fine Art) Lincoln Road Art Center.

Debbi continues to rely on Pablo Contrisciani as an important mentor and takes his classes as continued education.

1973 Worked at Architect firm building scale model of large important Miami buildings

1970 -1972 – M.D.C.C. - Art and Architecture courses – (Associate Degree in Art)

1969 - Mary Mount University – Boca Raton – Drawing Classes (No degree)

1969 recognized at NM Senior High for Art excellence upon graduation.


Teaching:

Teaches Mixed Media Workshops as requested.

Taught workshop at FAEA Summer Conference Mixed Media June 2016.

Taught Collage with Mixed Media at Gallery 2014.
Non- profit tutoring for beginners painting (Muzart).
Non-profit for Gilda’s House for families affected by cancer .

Mixed Media Class  2010 to 2011.
Collage/Mixed Media at Arts Park in Hollywood Florida summer of 2011.
Mixed Media/Collage at FAS from 2009 to 2011.

 

Other:

Write up on FOR ART SAKE in Hollywood Gazette as Artist and Co-Owner in August 2010, helping to bring art to Downtown Hollywood.
Write up in City Link as Artist displaying Day of the Dead artwork October 2010
Asked to display work in Dania Beach City Hall in 2009 by City Manager.

 

 

Debbi _ ArtServ