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Art & Life with Alexandra Molina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Molina.

Alexandra, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My story begins with my family. I’m the youngest of four siblings who each have a creative and artistic way of life, musicians, visual artists, architect and dancer’s. My father strongly influenced and supported our creative up bringing as it influenced him in his boyhood in Cuba. He is an author of published books and paints for the joy.

I knew I would be an artist or art historian at an early age and completed my dual degree in Fine Arts and Art History in 2012 from Florida International University.

In 2005 I was introduced to the art of Middle Eastern Dance and also continued this career path seriously. Now the Visual Arts and Middle Eastern Dance (“Belly Dance) are entwined and I am 100% dedicated to both.

With dance, I teach and perform at a local World Dance studio called Belly Motions, now at its 13 year anniversary January 2018. I paint and teach a “Belly Dancer’s Art Club” at a studio I rent out in Wynwood, called HGAB Studio’s.

My world is full of color and beautiful connections to inspiring every-day women. I couldn’t have asked for a better job and lifestyle!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
In terms of my work in the Visual Arts, I am mainly an oil-painter and paint “dancers.” I absolutely love movement and figures! When I paint them I feel just like them and move as they do. My main dancers are “Belly Dancers/ Arabic Dancers/Oriental Dancers/ Middle Eastern Dancers” (it has many appropriate terms) because it’s also the art that I know and work with best! I have been commissioned to paint other styles of dance, but Arabic dance moves me so deeply. It is rich in movement, form, emotion, empowerment and history.

For many years, and still, the art of Arabic Dance can be dismissed, brushed aside and given terrible and misleading reputations. I want my work to share that it is a beautiful, true and inspirational gateway to many women and men; it has given them permission to express. It has revealed the dancer in more and more people, as I always say, “Dance is the first language we humans learned.” It is in us all and somehow this one gives the every-day person more of a chance to shine. I find it to be a flexible and comprehensible art-form that our souls can understand, unlike ballet, jazz and modern dance. Then again – all folkloric and world dances are! In our studio we offer Indian and African dances and our students’ vibe to where they feel they can relate.

Performing and teaching is not enough for me to show this truth, so I paint images. They are my experiences and sometimes experiences of others that commission me to paint their story.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
That’s a tough one! Everyone has different markets. In my experience I was not taught the business of being an artist when I was in college and I think that hurt my career a little. I’ve had to read lots of books, ask questions, observe other business owners, and watch lots of YouTube! It’s not all about how your work looks but a balance of also knowing how to conduct your business, your presentation, confidence, and most importantly your message, why you do what you do.

I may be wrong, but I feel like the artists don’t get to say what they want to anymore, or they do say it but have a hard time sharing that and promoting their truth. Just like how the music industry got over-powered by money-hungry producers, the musicians failed to create good music, artists have been stepped on the same way.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I rotate small paintings at Belly Motions. They can also visit my website, Instagram, and can make an appointment to visit me and see my work in the Wynwood studio where I work.

I currently don’t have any exhibitions planned.

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Alexandra Molina

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