Woman of Vitality

download (7)A prominent and leading influence of our time, Rebecca Flores is acknowledged as the women with vitality.  She is an international visual artist, designer, art coach, accomplished author, poet,  speaker, educationalist, producer and TV personality . Rebecca have been an artist for most of her life and gallery owner.  For years people have been collecting her art and used as a means for fundraising to help raise funds for causes.

She is of Puerto Rican ethnicity who was born on June 18, 1957, in New York City, raised in the South Bronx and the oldest of 8 children.  Rebecca considers herself a Nuyorican artist and poet. She remembers living through the artistic expressive sounds of dance moves and tunes of the hip hop era, salsa era, the spoken word, along with graffiti art and writing during the 70’s and up to the mid 80’s at a time when the Puerto Rican migration and movement was materializing steadily and prompt, she witnessed how the transformation in neighborhoods characterized the exertions of cultures to preserve their significance and value.   In spite of this, she took in consideration the mayhem of perseverance and respect over the years that came with independence and those who wrote about it, including both her parents being poets themselves, her father an artist and and her mother a seamstress , and how this did not stop them from surviving.

At  age 10,  Rebecca  had  an  affinity  for painting   and   writing compositions that won her first  award   in   writing   in  elementary school.   As  a young   girl  growing  up poverty- stricken  in  the South  Bronx  she  had dreams  and  a fascination for the arts, although  she   helped raise    her   siblings,    she    still    kept   her passion  alive.  She  knew  in  her  heart  that  one  day   her  love  for painting, poetry and speaking along  with her other talents  would later   be   the  Spiritual   highlights   of   her foundation.

In 200l, 2002 and 2003, Rebecca exhibited  her art and was a speaker at the Hispanic American Chamber  of  Commerce  during  Business Med Week in Providence.  In the same year, she was warded  the  Community  Merit  Award   for her community  participation   in the  arts  at  the Providence State  House, where Senator Patrick Kennedy and  other  community leaders presented  her  with  numerous  accolades.  Her daughter Natasha Love, recited the Stars Bangle Banner.  The following year after the loss of her father  she  wrote, illustrated and self-published her  first  book,  Elements  of Life – Elements de Vida.

Later,  Rebecca  was  involved  with  the  Rhode Island  School of Design Art Committee, writing for the schools’ Museum’s Hispanic photography exhibition, which entailed speaking on behalf of the Latino artist  and  interpreting  for the  artist.  During that  time she joined the Writer’s  Circle, and  the  Women’s   Guild.  Shortly  after,  an opportunity for hosting  television came to play.    Rebecca now  broadcasts  and  produces her own TV  program on Public  Education   and Government (PEG),  Rhode  Island  Stations.

In  2007,  she  was a guest  art  exhibitor and speaker  for The  Girls  Inc.,  at  the  Latina  & Empowering Symposium, in   Hartford, Connecticut  and also the Guest Artist/Speaker at the Connecticut State University, in Hartford.  Rebecca  also  had  the  privilege to exhibit her art, speak and recite her spoken word poetry at The Community Renewal Team, Inc, Hartford, CT., for “Grandmothers raising children Again” and  for Johnson and Wales University  for the Latino Business   Networking   Evening Event in Providence. She also performed  her spoken word   poetry at the Rhode Island Black Repertory  Theatre  Entitled  “An  Evening with Rebecca.”

Since the loss of her daughter in 2008, Rebecca’s art and  language, and  measures of life continue to arouse our  spirits, essence  and  the vitality of our mind by  energizing,  healing our  heart  and soul in a therapeutic form.

2010, was a year of greatness when she received a call from Daniel Padilla,  the  Executive Director of the  Francisco Oller Museo de Arte,  Bayamon, Puerto Rico who asked  her to come and  exhibit her work  and speak to the Scholars  on violence and education.   She  was  greeted by dignitaries and  received  applauds from the people  of her heritage with a ribbon cutting ceremony  that took  place  in  her  honor  with  her  son Joshua Elijah,  after  her  uplifting  speech  of  the  tragic loss  of  her  daughter  and  how  her son encourages her life with his blessing,  strength and courage.   Ms. Flores continues exhibiting her art and speaks to the world with her spirituality.

Her aim in life is to inspire every age especially the younger generation to embrace life and realize that they can account for its change in an expressive manner and belief.

Currently, Rebecca mentors high school students and works with women and underprivileged youth as an Therapeutic Artist and Poet in hopes of improving and enhancing physical, emotional, social and psychological awareness.  She is surrounding herself with knowledge and wisdom in the area of her culture on Puerto Rican Literature.

   “Live, Grow, Inspire and Develop”