Artist Venessa Monokian was born and raised in Miami. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, where she is a member artist at Box 13 ArtSpace. Monokian uses her work to investigate ideas she has about her environment. This inquiry extends beyond just the tangible and also investigates psychological elements which are incorporated into the final work. How the viewer physically interacts with these pieces is as much a part of the final experience as the works themselves. This experience becomes a partnership between the artist, the work, and the person viewing it.
Monokian received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Florida International University. She has worked for nearly a decade as an adjunct professor at Florida International University, where she teaches remote photography courses, and has instructed in the Art Department at Miami Dade College, as well.
Monokian was a resident artist at ArtCenter South Florida (now Oolite Arts) from 2009 to 2013, and completed a three-month residency at Panal 361 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2011, she was featured in the WLRN documentary by Emmy and Oscar winning filmmaker Andrew Hevia, Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists.
She was selected for a solo show as part of the Featuring Photography exhibition at Miami’s Deering Estate. She received honorable mentions for both the 2013 Florida Biennial at Art and Culture Center Hollywood and Miami New Times’ 2014 MasterMind Award.
Monokian has shown her work internationally including at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Metropolitan Gallery in Austin, the Font Gallery in New Orleans, Mac Fine Art in Fort Lauderdale, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, and Mister Pink Galeria De Arte in Valencia, Spain. She has been featured in Shoutout HTX, Voyage Houston, and Playful Creations an ArtStreet segment on WLRN.