Monarch Beach, CA

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Monica is a native of Argentina and immigrated to the United States in 1965, the daughter of two physicians who made their way in a foreign county, living in Colorado, Wyoming, Florida and California.

She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BFA degree in Bio-Medical Illustration, after abandoning her four years of pre-med studies at California State University, Fullerton.

Monica’s great-grandfather Ardengo Soffici, her grandmother Emma Soffici, and her aunt Liliana Frasca were all well-known artists, so it wasn’t surprising that her parents supported her straying from medical school to pursue her passion for art.

Her paintings and graphics can be seen on the walls of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Orange County’s Paleo Museum at Clark Park. Her work also includes illustrated educational children’s books for Harcourt, Brace and Javonovich.

Monica enjoyed a creatively satisfying 14-year career at the Orange County Register newspaper, where her work won multiple international awards for excellence in Illustration and Infographics from the Society of News Design.

In 1994, Monica was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her illustrated work in Environmental Journalism.  Monica has also taught Visual Journalism at California State University, Long Beach and continues to lead Plein Air Painting groups as a docent for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy.

The versatility and diversity of Monica’s art are demonstrated by the fact that her paintings have been sold at national retail chain stores and also exhibited and sold at juried art shows.

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