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Mona Rae Chido Gross

Artist Statement

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Mona Rae Chido Gross

Mona is the oldest sibling in the family. She is both a visual artist and a musician. Her visual art talent was noticed at the age of two and nurtured. Several years later she found a book in her parent's art library on Calder's Circus and soon after, asked for wire and tools. She is now an emerging artist in wire sculpture, found object sculpture, and collage. In addition, she is a digital artist and is collaborating with her mom, Linda Chido to create NFTs, and a podcast. At fifteen she began exhibiting her art at local galleries. Most notably Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery and Inspired Minds Art Center, both in Buda, TX. Her collections are also sold here in LINDA CHIDO ART, in the Gallery.

 

As a musician, Mona began her piano studies at the age of nine with the Allegro School of Music in Buda, TX. Today, she is a seasoned musician. Through the Allegro School of Music, she had the good fortune of learning many musical styles from a diverse group of teachers and also had her first rock band experience. After Allegro, she began the Band Aid School of Music's rock band program, With her Band Aid band, she has played many of Austin's iconic music venues - Broken Spoke, Hole in the Wall, Green Mesquite, Spider House Cafe, and has played live at SXSW, solo - vocals and piano.

 

Since 2019, Mona has received private piano instruction from Dr. Carlos Quesada at his piano studio in Austin, TX. She is also studying voice with Candi Sanders from Candi and the Muthaload and receives private digital production instruction from Charlie Harper who is also mentoring her in composition, songwriting, and music production. In 2022, she received a scholarship to the Austin Chamber Music summer program at the University of Texas in Austin. 

Mona will be presenting her first collection on her 18th birthday in 2023.

Musical Performances

Interrumpida 

by Ernesto Lecuona

Performance: May 21, 2022

Lieder Ohne Worte, Op.30 N.3

by F. Mendelssohn

Performance: May 21, 2022

I See Fire

by Ed Sheehan

Performance: SXSW at Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin TX

March 13, 2022

Imagine

by John Lennon

Performance: SXSW at Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin TX

March 13, 2022

Smells Like Teen Spirit

by Nirvana

Performance: Hole in the Wall, Austin TX

December 15, 2019

I Can't Make You Love Me 

by Bonnie Raitt 

Performance: Bandaid School of Music, Austin Tx.

November 12, 2022

Visual Arts