Juliet Seignious

category: Visual,

Artist Statement

Juliet Seignious was born in Manhattan.  She began painting and dancing in an after school program in Junior High School. Perceiving her potential, the program director of these programs submitted applications to the High School of Music and Art as well as the High School of Performing Arts.  She was accepted to both, but decided to go to the High School of Performing Arts for Dance   After graduating, she became a member of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, but never lost interest in painting. After a long career as a professional dancer on Broadway, Films and Television she began painting again, studying at the Art Students League and private instruction by Joseph Parenti. Since 1990, Juliet has had her work exhibited at:   The Houston Museum of Art Barnes/Blackburn Gallery with renowned artists such as John Biggers and Michael Ray Charles, in Houston, Texas The Black Heritage Gallery in Houston, Texas The Barrett House Gallery, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Winslow Gallery, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Millbrook Center of the Arts Gallery in Millbrook, N.Y. The Satta Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y The Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Northern New Jersey Gallery in New Milford, N.J. The Graham Collectible Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Gloria Marcus Gallery in  Stamford, Conn. Rosetta Stone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Galleries in San Diego, CA. Dildile Cafe, Berlin,Germany   She has been commissioned to paint murals in San Diego and has toured and exhibited her work in several High Schools to encourage and inform youth about art, spirituality, and social issues.   Juliet's paintings reflect her deep connection to her African-American Heritage. After a visit to her parents' birthplace in Edisto, South Carolina, she saw the powerful and varied Gullah people. She was inspired to paint faces. In these faces she finds the stories of the past (not only our African past but our American and collective past), strength, wisdom, courage, dreams and visions. She paints images of her thoughts and feelings, using oils, acrylics, pastels and everything else she can get her hands on for both texture and dimensions.

Educational Background