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 and nurtured at the age of two. 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. 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.

 

At the age of nine, Mona began her piano studies at the Allegro School of Music in Buda, TX, and now at seventeen is a seasoned musician. Through Allegro School of Music, she had the good fortune of learning many musical styles from a diverse group of teachers and also played in her first rock band. From there, she moved on to 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 band instruction from Charlie Harper with whom she is learning 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. In addition to all of that, Mona is working at LINDA CHIDO ART and is Linda Chido's studio assistant.

Mona's original art is available to purchase through her portfolio below and she also has posters in our Gallery Shop.

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

Visual Arts