Practice Statement | Bio | CV

 

My practice encompasses diverse media including installation, landscape-design, sculpture, furniture-making, digital drawing and printmaking. Recently I have focused on catalyzing immersive, contemplative experiences that engage viewers in challenging issues of class inequity and underrepresented groups, both human and nonhuman.

I focus on the nexus of urban sociopolitical problems and the global environmental context of habitat for humans, wildlife and plants. Accessibility for broad audiences and the high honor of working for the public are my constant guidelines.

My public art installation Home(-) and Garden is currently on view at Socrates Sculpture Park-- the culmination of the Emerging Artist Fellowship. Simultaneously and over the last five years, my public horticulture practice fuses design, craft, science and art, to produce large, educational habitat-plantings in Prospect Park as a socio-ecological public art practice.

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Education

2014 Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Certificate in Horticulture
2009
City College of New York, CUNY, MUP, Master of Urban Planning, 3.88 GPA
2008 City College of New York, CUNY, BA, Art Studio Specialization and Architectural Studies, Summa cum Laude, 3.89 GPA

Exhibitions/Public Landscape Plantings

2018-19 The Socrates Annual, Socrates Sculpture Park 2018, Curator Jess Wilcox, Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, Queens, NY
2018 Shrubland Sw(a)elling, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Bartel-Pritchard Square Park Entrance Native Flora Planting, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Lincoln Road Park Entrance Pollinator Garden, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Pergola Park Entrance Greeting Garden, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

Awards

2018 Emerging Artist Fellowship 2018-2019, Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, Queens, NY
2016 The Prospect Park Annual Recognition Award 2007 Golden Key International Honor Award
2004 The Mina Shaughnessy Memorial Award for English Composition, City College
2004 Oxford University Press Award for English composition, City College
2004 Certificate of Academic Achievement for Excellence in the Study of Portuguese, City College
2004 Dean’s List
2005 The Downer Language Award for Excellence in the Study of Portuguese, City College
2005
Dean’s List

Reviews, Interviews and Media Appearances

2018 Come see Brooklyn artists at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, Shlomo Sprung, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 2018
2018
Artist Fellow Ronen Gamil is here speaking with Director of Exhibitions Jess Wilcox about his piece ‘Home(-) and Garden’., Facebook Live on facebook.com/SocratesSculpturePark, November 2018
2018
The Socrates Annual, featuring new work by 16 artists, opens at Socrates Sculpture Park, artdaily.com, October 2018
2017
Cherry Trees in Prospect Park, Prospect Park Alliance, Facebook Live, May 2017
2016
A Greener Lakeside, Prospect Park Alliance, March 2016

Teaching

2018 Horticulture Instructor, Woody Landscape Plant Identification, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
2016, 2017 Horticulture Instructor: 1) Intro. to Horticulture 2) Healthy Trees. GreenThumb, Department of Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn, NY
2009-2012 Early Childhood Art and Elementary Urban Ecologies Teacher, Ambit-Rome International School, Rome, Italy
2007-2009 Teaching Assistant, First Year Architecture Studio, City College of New York, NY