Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cuban Artist Astonishes Teachers with High Quality of Work; She's Hoping to Display More of Her Work in Jacksonville Galleries

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cuban Artist Astonishes Teachers with High Quality of Work; She's Hoping to Display More of Her Work in Jacksonville Galleries

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Byline: MARY MARAGHY

A tiny 19-year-old Murray Hill woman, a newcomer to the U.S., is wowing Jacksonville's art community.

"Her work blew me away," said Tayloe White, resident artist at R. Roberts Gallery in Avondale.

Young artist Dimelza Broche and her family moved from Santa Clara, Cuba, to the U.S. about two years ago to be near relatives here, including her uncle, Osmar Broche. He suggested she audition to attend Douglas Anderson School of the Arts for her senior year.

"When she opened her massive portfolios at the audition, judge Kevin Kelly politely stopped her, then ran to round up the school's art teachers to come take a look," said Barry Wilson, a teacher at Douglas Anderson.

"It was a first. We could not believe it. It was absolutely incredible. The quality of the pieces, the quantity of pieces. One after another of the most expressive paintings. She has five distinct styles, all very accomplished, which is so rare."

Wilson said he'd love to claim Broche as a product of Douglas Anderson, but she spent only one year there.

Recently, the shy, 80-pound woman with a jumbo smile sold 11 pieces of her art during her first-ever art show at R. Roberts Gallery, where some of her work will remain on display.

Broche said she'd love to get her work in more Jacksonville area galleries. She wonders about their appeal, however, because she thinks she appears to be obsessed with the human body, loneliness and isolation.

"But I'm not a depressed person," she said, smiling.

For example, one of her paintings, a complex human skeleton fused with intricate bicycle gears, depicts her story. She has screws and rods holding together the bones inside her skinny, scarred legs because she was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder resulting in glass-like bones. She's broken bones, mainly in her legs, more than 20 times. She's undergone five surgeries and has used a wheelchair for 15 years, which has caused scoliosis, curvature of the spine. She avoids crowds because she's so fragile. She recently got her learner's permit for driving.

Broche said she gets lost when she's painting. …

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