Tina Spiro, B. Sc. (Art), M.F.A.
Tina Spiro is a New York born artist who studied undergraduate art at Stanford University and art history at NYU with Professor Jansen, author of Jansen’s History of Art. She obtained her bachelors degree from Skidmore College and began her artistic career as the protégé of American sculptor David Smith while she was still an undergraduate student. She obtained her MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and exhibited in landmark exhibitions such as Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum in NY and Seven Sculptors at the ICA, Philadelphia.
Spiro began her teaching career at Hunter College and exhibited in NYC and was friends with Andy Warhol until she moved to Jamaica, WI in 1969, where she taught at the Edna Manley College and UWI. During the following decades she became one of the foremost artists in Jamaica and the Caribbean and is included in the books Modern Jamaican Art and Jamaican Art.
She spent a decade in Miami, Florida from 1999-2009, where she distinguished herself as an artist, curator and professor of art. She authored a course in Caribbean Art History, which she taught at FIU for eight years. One of her projects, Paint the Town, transformed the Omni district into a a large scale urban panorama of color. She initiated and produced OMNIART I, II an III for the City of Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, a large scale exhibition format of cutting edge art in vacant warehouse in Miami’s Omni area, which was cited in the Miami press as “…the coolest thing Miami has ever done”.
She is founder and Executive Director of the Miart Foundation since 2003, an art forum to promote Miami as an art destination, support Caribbean Art, and promote environmental and humanitarian awareness through art. She also was a Director and Curator of Chelsea Galleries, in Kingston, Jamaica and in Miami’s Wynwood art district at its inception. She has curated over 100 exhibitions of international and Caribbean contemporary art and is included in the book Miami Contemporary Artists.
Spiro is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and was cited by New York art critic Valerie Gladstone as “One of the most important artists of her generation”. She and her husband Architect and Urban Planner Eran Spiro, continue to reside in the South Florida and Jamaica. The artist maintains studios in both Kingston and Miami and exhibits in museums, biennials and galleries internationally.