LIC Arts Open / LIC-A Kickoff
Party & Pop Up Exhibition
Thursday May 18, 6-8pm
Cindy Avroch-Rosenthal is a multi-talented artist who began her career by following in her mother’s footsteps. Cindy’s first love was always drawing, painting and sculpting, although Cindy is also a trained dancer. While other little girls could be seen carrying Barbie dolls around, Cindy would be juggling a sketchbook, pencils and an eraser in her hands. Among her earlier accomplishments, she received a degree in textile design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and a scholarship to study at Winchester School of Art in England.
Cindy worked for many years as a studio artist and then an art director in New York City’s fashion industry. Her designs were in major department stores and specialty shops nationwide. Working directly with The Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros., United Media and Nickelodeon, she created licensed print collections for the men’s, women’s and children’s markets. Her unique approach and vision, combined with her philosophy to diversify her modes of expression, enabled her to create and to direct her team to develop fashion collections that tripled sales.
She left the fashion industry to care for her special needs son and found herself a stay-at-home mom for the first time. Soon afterwards, she launched a new venture from home, designing fine art lighting and coordinated decoupage tabletop accessories, utilizing her original artwork. Soon she was commissioned to create collections for the Chicago and Longwood Botanical Gardens, The Newseum in Washington, DC, 13 aquariums in the United States and a holiday program for Saks 5th Avenue; it wasn’t long before her artwork sold in high-end gift and home décor stores nationwide.
She has now returned to her true passion – fine art. In Cindy’s work, you see a celebration both of the real and the imaginative. Her eye for detail, precision, composition and color explain why her drawings and paintings have been described as “spot on,” yet her vision is subtly balanced with the fluidity that is the dancer in her. She believes that in order to be a great abstract painter, you must be a traditional one first. This is why on any given day, you can find Cindy in her studio working on a captivating sculpture or mixed media piece, while waiting for the layers of one of her realistic oil paintings to dry. Keeping these skills sharp, she advances and innovates her work by embracing new techniques and mediums.
Cindy resides in Manhattan with her two sons, described as “her best creations,” her husband, Michael and her puppy Lenny, who is also her studio-mate. Lenny and Cindy can be found Monday through Friday at her studio in Long Island City, the largest art district in New York City.