Doris Cordero

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A Bronx native and a resident of Riverdale for 38 years. My childhood years reflect time spent in Puerto Rico and the Bronx. A journey between two languages and two cultures. I'm an Art and Design High School graduate with a degree in Studio Art and Elementary Education from Fordham University. I have Master's Degrees from Fordham University and Bank Street College. My career trajectory includes Bilingual educator, Elementary Art educator and I served as an Art Administrator for the NYC Public Schools. My experiences allowed me to work closely with art organizations and artists.

My passion for art started very early in life. I was the sidewalk scribbler and did artwork for my friends. Materials, color and the beauty of nature have influenced me to work in oil, watercolors, pencil, and print. I find that these materials allow me to represent the vibrancy of color and form in nature.

Earlier in my career I exhibited with a group of women artists in the exhibition "Comadres" at the Museo Del Barrio in 1980. That year, I also exhibited my work at the Roosevelt Hotel as part of the National Council of Puerto Rican Women's Conference in NYC.

I've also exhibited at Gallery 79, NYC (1979). As a current member of the Riverdale Arts Association I've taken part in group shows at the Grinton I. Will Library, Yonkers; Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture; and Gallery 18, Riverdale YM-YWHA.

My art studies continued at the Arts Student's League with Isaac Soyer, Parsons School of Design, and the New York Botanical Gardens in the Botanical Illustration Certificate Program. Laura Vogel, Botanical Illustrator and Wennie Huang, Watercolorist, have been great mentors to me in my work.

In recent years, the study of nature has become a focal point in my artistic work. It is said that "nature touches the spirit of man". It certainly has touched my soul.