Presenting Sheila Elias: Painted Pixels

May 17 – September 23, 2018 - Lowe Art Museum University of Miami.

Art has been a part of Sheila Elias’s life for as long as she can remember: at the tender age of eight year, she was so moved by a work by Henri Matisse on view at the Art Institute of Chicago that she told her Mother on the spot that she was going to attend art school there. And that is exactly what she did 2 years later! Such grit and determination has served Elias well over the course of her long and distinguished career, which has equally benefited from her restless curiosity, her enormous versatility, and her willingness to take risks. This nimbleness is reflected in the chameleon-like quality of her oeuvre, which includes sculpture, collage, drawings, photography, painting, and now painted pixels.

Horned Deity

60 x 48 Horned Deity

Elias first began making art in the digital sphere when she tired of transferring art supplies between Miami and New York in 2010. In 2010 she purchased her first Apple Ipad, treating the screen of her device like a canvas or sketchpad, she relished the creative possibilities that technologies has opened up, which have only fueled her already vast and prolific creative output. The artist notes:

“I do many sketches every day and some are related to final finished products. I produce these as scales on a piano to write the symphony or a writer writing notes for a novel. There is a great deal of freedom doing small sketches both in content and material and this allows more freedom in the final stages. I like to bring an awareness of new directions and individual inventiveness. The evolution of technology has always paralleled my work throughout its development. From the original copy machine to today’s iPad, the influence of electronics permeates my process. Through life experience, I incorporate visual, emotional, and psychological impressions and feed them into my art. My work, whether it is photography, sculpture, or paintings, has always been a visual interpretation of my internal landscape, which is significantly influenced by external landscapes. I attempt to portray a visual language that has hopefully not been spoken before”.


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