Anclada en Puerto Madero - Anchored in Puerto Madero
Buenos Aires, Argentina - January 2008
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monica Schraiber Otero immigrated to the United States with her family at an early age. She has a BA in Art from Rutgers University with a concentration in oil painting.
The artist enjoys being able to communicate fluently in Spanish and English. She converses in French and Italian as well.
Monica has taught Art at elementary school and high school levels for the last 26 years. She also worked as a freelance graphic designer for large corporations in the area. Currently, she is a tenured faculty member at Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark, NJ where she teaches 2-D and 3-D Design, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design and Ceramics. She also teaches Drawing and Acrylic Painting to young children and runs the Summer Art Camp at the Watchung Arts Center. She is the curator of the center's annual Children's Juried Art Exhibition.
Mrs. Otero is the high school's coordinator for the Union County Teen Arts Festival and the Student Art Exhibit. She is a member of AENJ or Art Educators of NJ. She has attended the Annual Conference and has participated in programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also in New York City, she has assisted with ProyectArte, a student art exhibition at the Argentinian Consulate.
As a professional artist, Monica Schraiber Otero has shown her work in many venues throughout NJ and NY including the Palmer Museum, the Watchung Arts Center, the Diversity Gallery, the Union County Arts Center, Kean University, the Union County Freeholders Gallery, Pearl Gallery, the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission Gallery, Les Malamut Gallery, the Piscataway Municipal Gallery, the Princeton Alliance Church, the Monmouth Cultural Center, Swain Gallery and most recently at the Art Institutes of New York City.
Monica is fascinated with the fluidity of India ink reflected in her semi-abstract landscapes, still lifes and portraits for which she has received awards. Her work also includes abstractions based on contemporary issues, natural occurrences and the fantastic which were part of her solo shows "Status Quo, Abstractions in Ink" and "Illuminated Journeys" at the Watchung Arts Center. Monica's ideas emerge from her heritage as well as her love for nature and her fine arts and commercial art backgrounds.
Mrs. Otero was a member of the New Art Group from 1992-1998. She was active in the Artists Circle from 2003-2005. Presently, she is a member of The Contemporary Art Group for which she served on the Board of Directors for over 4 years. Her travels have taken her to France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Canada and the continental US including a cross-country trip from NJ to California in 2012.