Every member of our teaching faculty is an accomplished Fine Artist with an extensive resume; including degrees in Fine Arts and experience exhibiting their personal art.
Our faculty's vast knowledge and experience will lay the foundation for each student to develop their own personal styles.
Aside from the technical aspects of art, we teach students how to analyze art and how to develop their own creativity.
Applying original ideas to the basic principals of art is an essential step
to becoming a successful artist.
The artist that started it all
Founder and Art Director, Roseli Peña is recognized for her extensive training and knowledge in a vast array of techniques and specialties. Roseli began formal training at a young age and continued on to pursue her artistic passion earning multiple degrees including Fine Arts, Art History, and Interior Design. Her personal and professional devotion to the world of art ignited her desire to build a foundation where artist of all kind in our community can expand their creativity.
" Art is the song of my heart."
By Roseli Pena
MEET THE STAFF
The Art Instructors
Ms. Silvia Teixeira
Mr.John F. Kelly
Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Long Island, New York, Silvia develop a unique love for art that would never leave her side. In her community at an early age, Silvia was an active member of Latin Satin, a non profit organization that visited children's hospitals and entertained kids with latin culture dances. In school she was involved in the Spanish, Art and Drama Club. After graduating high school as the Senior Artist of the Year, Silvia moved to Miami, Florida to study Fine Arts. In 2008 Silvia Teixeira received her bachelor's degree in visual arts and entertainment from Ai Miami International University of Art and Design. Her studies concentrated in drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Her love for different cultures took Silvia to China, among other countries, where she experienced raw and pure traditions. In Miami, Silvia is an active contemporary artist who has worked in murals and sand castle competitions to promote the arts and assisted artist Spencer Tunick in a special photography art instillation for the Sagamore Hotel. Silvia enjoys being a mentor to children and adults and is currently an Art Instructor at Priscilla & Tiffany's Art Corp."Art has given me the chance to speak my emotions soundless. My work speaks of me, every experience, life changes, success and failures. What the world around us makes of ourselves and not what we make of it" - Silvia A. Teixeira
Born in the city of Miami Beach in 1967 and educated and raised in Venezuela, Jomar's passion for the arts began at an early age. During his childhood his first drawings reveal the artist born within him, demonstrating his versatility in many different artistic mediums. To further develop his talent and creativity, Jomar Higuerey attended art school in 1988 where he excelled as a graphic designer and received significant influences on his work. In 1999 his interest in photography led him to pursue further studies. In 2006 he began to share his knowledge in a prestigious art academy demonstrating his role as guardian. In 2009 he traveled to Europe where he studied and explored new techniques in the College of Fine Arts in Rome. On his journey, he discovered the art of collage and the world of puppetry. Currently located in Miami, Jomar is in his full artistic maturity, painting and developing new art projects.
John Kelly was born in Philadelphia where he has been drawing and painting ever since a young age. Ironically, John failed art from 3rd to 6th grade, but that did not discourage him. He continued his studies at Miami Dade College and Florida International University where he was able to further develop his bohemian and impressionist style. John has a great appreciation of what is simple yet beautiful in life and nature, with much love and dedication to art. He was able to further express his skills by becoming a tattoo artist. John has worked on several murals in Key West where he also painted a large taxidermy. He has also been involved in a variety of Art shows such as “Off Beat” and in a painting-life theater where he performed an impromptu. John Kelly has been an art instructor at Priscilla & Tiffany’s Art Corp. for nine years where he has taught a variety of techniques and styles. He has inspired many of his students with his work, leaving an imprint on them that they will hold forever. Director, Roseli Peña, believes that John Kelly has a very extraordinary talent in teaching Art; his personality, experience, and talent is reflected in his teachings and work, making him a special contribution to the academy.
Ms. Barbara Pecorelli
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Barbara discovered her great passion for art at age of 3 years old when she first saw her mother sitting in the kitchen table painting sunflowers on old T-shirts. After that day, she experienced the great value of art and which caused her to pursue a path in the art field. She grew up going for extracurricular art classes until she graduated from high school. From there, she decided to go to school in Caracas for Business and Administrations for Graphic Design Industries, after 4 years of study, the country Venezuela began having many riots and strikes making it impossible for her to continue her studies. This situation influenced the decision to leave the country and travel to Italy where she had the opportunity to study painting. After a year she moved to Miami, FL where she finally pursued her true passion to become an artist. Barbara got her BFA in AI Miami International University of Art and Design where she discovered her great talent for sculpting, illustrating while perfecting her skills in painting, digital art and design, photography and drawing. Barbara hopes to continue her studies for a Master in Fine Arts in the near future where her final goal is to teach at a university level.
Lorena’s artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Subjects like GMOs (genetically modified organisms), animal rights, media corruption, beauty products toxicity and plastic surgery are very common. Although the subjects are very strong there is always sweetness, humor and hope. There is a feeling of “sweet and sour”. Unusual color combinations or juxtaposed objects also create this contradicting feeling.While she uses a variety of materials and processes in each project her concept is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. The subject matter of each work determines the materials and the forms of the work.
Inspiration comes from videos, news, stand-up comedy, and current feelings. In digital art and paintings the backgrounds are very plain and a lot of attention is created to the main focus. She loves simplicity. Hyperbole's, symbolism, sweetness and humor are usually present. Lorena is an artist that wants to create awareness, impact communities and make people see life different. A life with a lot of possibilities thanks to creativity.
Ms. Nicole first began at Priscilla & Tiffany’s Art Corp. at the age of six and has continued to be a student with us for many years after. She has always has a love for art since she first learned how to hold a pencil or crayon. Here at Priscilla & Tiffany’s she learned many different techniques and began to develop and enhance her creative skills. During her last two years of high school she was in the Art Honor Society. Ms. Nicole has participated in each of Priscilla & Tiffany’s annual exhibitions for 13 years. Once graduating high school with second honors, Nicole Rivero was inspired to grow in the world of art. She decided to take her talent and passion for art professionally. Nicole prepared her portfolio at Priscilla & Tiffany’s Art Corp. so that she can be accepted at New World School of the Arts College. Since being accepted into NWSA College, she has been a part of many art shows and exhibitions including one called No Rule Rule and the graduating class senior showcase called No Signal: A Commentary on Human Existence that was exhibited in Cifo Gallery. She graduated with her Bachelors in Fine Arts Degree from New World School of the Arts College and has since then traveled to many places around the world seeking inspiration for her work. Ms. Nicole believes that traveling opens your mind to new knowledge and one can learn so much from the places they visit. She now shares her travels with the students to inspire them to keep creating and to look for inspiration everywhere they go. Everything she has learned in college and in her travels, she shares with the students so they may receive an excellent art education as well as grow exponentially in their artistic skills.
Born and raised in Miami, Cristina Mondragon cannot recall a time she was not creating art. Ms. Cristina stated, “I’m just a kid that never grew up. I am a self-taught artist but my family is crafty and very supportive, that I am grateful for.” The oldest of eight she has been producing art her whole life, always working hard whether it be in the class or at home. It wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she finally made the choice to study Visual Arts at Miami International University of Art & Design. She wasted no time in enrolling and began pursuing her bachelor’s degree. Once in college she discovered a love for other mediums such as pastels, oils, acrylics and ceramics. She enters every new lesson with the dedication to perfect the techniques of each medium. Her work has developed from black and white drawings of animals and still lives to new experimentation of traditional techniques. She is continuously exploring and evolving her personal style. Her style is versatile ranging from realism and mural making to cartoon illustrations and body painting. Cristina is always on the go with her art making whether it is in the studio, freelance work or performing at live painting at events in Miami. She is enthusiastic to apply all that she has learned throughout her years of art education at Priscilla & Tiffany’s. She feels as though she finally has found the perfect space where she can cultivate the artistic abilities of young artist as well as her own. She hopes to keep working with kids, building and growing as an artist.
Ms. Victoria Miessler
Victoria Miessler, also known as Viki, is a Miami based fine artist. She was born and raised in Miami, but both of her parents are from Brazil and most of her family is there. She also grew up speaking Portuguese, so she feels a strong connection to the Brazilian culture with a lot of love for it. Viki has been making art her whole life, with a complete range of mediums starting with lipstick on her parents furniture to oil and acrylic paint on canvas. She has also worked with ceramics, screen printing on fabrics and arts and crafts, making jewelry with crystals and wire wrapping. The content of Viki's art mostly consists of nature and femininity. When you look at her art you will see a plenty of endangered animal species, plants, flowers and the female form. Viki's mission in art is to use her artistic abilities at full potential to assist all of her viewers in remembering the inner wisdom of their hearts and soul connection to Mother Earth. On her free time she loves to create art and also practices yoga. Growing up, Viki has always felt a deep connection to spirituality. When she started doing yoga, that connection grew even stronger. Yoga became a permanent part of her life, just like art. She realized that doing it made her more creative and inspired. This is because yoga is something that helps her live more in the present moment of life, and less in her thoughts. Yoga is an exercise, but its not just for the body, it’s also for the mind, the spirit and the soul. Now a days Viki has been adding hints of yoga into her new artwork. Viki's dream is to use her merchandise to practice philanthropy. She plans to donate over 50% of everything she makes with her art to several non-profit organizations such as World Wildlife Fund and Planned Parenthood. As an artist, Viki does not limit herself to a specific style or medium. Constantly growing and expanding, forever like a child, she delves into her creative manifestations with curiosity, audacity and a loving purpose.
Ms. Elizabeth Pino
Elizabeth Amelia Pino was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 2012. She discovered the myriad of possibilities ahead of her once she got into The Miami Dade Honors College program. There she strived to reach the dream she had since she was a little kid in Cuba; to become a professional artist of many specialties. After years of putting her art second to her subjects and goals, she realized that nothing would make her happier than to create the world, the characters, and the concepts that she always had in her mind through acrylic, charcoal, oils or even pixels. She earned an Associates in Arts from Miami Dade Honors College and a bachelor’s in fine arts with a Minor in Art History from Florida International University. During her years as a student, Elizabeth Pino looked for experiences that would help her develop a professional background as an art teacher. She volunteered and visited different museums to interact with the artwork of the old and contemporary masters to understand the art world a little bit more. She collaborated with her class to create an exhibition in the Frost Art Museum of Florida international University, which pushed her to study the paperwork, installation and curator properties for Artworks of all mediums. Elizabeth also served as an assistant instructor at Imago gallery, where she helped children and adults of different ages understand the deepest concepts in art and perform art therapy techniques, combining music and paint. At the same time, she worked as a teacher and performer of basic painting techniques to large audiences where she explored and instructed by live painting the step by step process of composition, color and techniques used in acrylic painting. She was also involved with exhibitions and collaborations like “Untitled” in Miami Beach with the trash wall in memory of Gordon Matta-Clark. She has also been a part of other collaboration mediums like video art where she exhibited the art video named: Collision, which showed the clashing of two cultures competing to take over one another and leaving the vessel empty, or unsure of his or her identity. Her last three exhibitions were at Florida International University with her 20 watercolor pieces named The World of Theo, exploring the world of feelings and the transition of acceptance through them. Elizabeth also exhibited at the MBAS where she revealed the tales of the stag and the Five- Mouthed Wolf, which told the story of fear, protection and hope for the inner self, based on the fable of the two wolves. Most recently, Elizabeth Pino collaborated with the landscape painting in the Academy of Arts at Florida International University where she presented two pieces and one of them was sold to the President of the University. Elizabeth Pino now enjoys being an instructor to all those who wish to have a better understanding of the many technical aspects of painting. She shares the knowledge that she has gained through the long path of trial and error that is to become a professional artist. She continues to support and push her students to build the confidence and passion to become the best artist they can be through practice, study, and love for art.
The Front Desk Staff
Ms. Gabriela Samper
Gabriella Samper was born in Miami, FL. Her passion for art started in middle school when she took a class of ceramics. She became quickly engaged with the process of sculpting and expressed her inner artistic passion. She became inspired by the beauty of art and enhanced her ability to practice her talents. Once she entered high school, she took an AICE Photography class, in which she used photoshop and online softwares that consisted of animation design and virtual art. She designed and animated different photographies. Ever since, she’s grown an intense passion for virtual design and aspires to graduate with a Computer Science Masters degree. With that degree she will continue to embrace her inner artistry and express herself through virtual art and online animations. She is currently working towards her degree in Computer Science. Gabriella wishes to work with famous art animations in the future and grow in the field. She wants to make sure that our beautiful art stays alive in our society of innovative technology.
Ms. Natalie Baez
Natalie Baez is a Miami-based artist of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. For as long as she can remember, Natalie has always been making art and creating things. Her biggest influence is her Mom. The way her Mom captured scenic views and sentimental moments of the culture of Puerto Rico through her paintings inspires her.
Natalie was one of the first students to be accepted to Design & Architecture Senior High from her middle school. At DASH, she developed her skills in graphic design and polished her technical skills in drawing and painting. She developed a love and appreciation for portrait painting. Natalie graduated in 2017 from DASH with a focus in Graphic Design (Visual Communications).
Once she entered FIU, she took many art classes and learned new skills from jewelry making to printmaking. Natalie was encouraged to enroll in a Portrait Painting class in FIU’s Portrait and Figurative Art Academy. It would be her first time painting with oil and painting a live model. It quickly became one of her favorite classes at FIU. She enrolled in an Academy class every semester after. Bonding with some of the other students in the studio emphasized the importance an inspiring studio space plays in a young artist’s life. Natalie also served as a studio assistant in the Academy and an Art Ambassador for the Art + Art History department. In the spring of 2021, she earned a Bachelors of Art in Art, an Art History Minor, and an Entrepreneurship Minor. She graduated Summa Cum Laude at FIU. Natalie was in the first group of students to receive the Academy’s Certificate in Portrait and Figurative Art.
She aspires to graduate with a Master’s of Science in Art Therapy. With that degree, she will continue to share her passion for art-making and sustainability with her community.