Florentina is a savant artist with special needs who found her voice through art and music. Creating her art and listening to her favorite bands provides an outlet for Florentina to overcome discrimination and her personal challenges while staying true to who she is.
Florentina was born on a train in Romania March 18, 1997 and lived her first 3 1/2 years in an orphanage. After arriving in the USA, she suffered an adverse reaction to vaccines. Over the years Florentina faced heart-breaking mistreatment by teachers and school staff and discrimination within her community.
A self-taught artist, inspiration comes from how she experiences the world around her. Florentina’s trademark styles are bright, bold, animated, realism, lyrical and abstract which include her MyKids Friends that inspired the “MyKids Unite©” Team who Celebrate Friendships for All!
Known for her intuitive spirit, sense of humor, non-conformist artist soul and pure love of life; she will move from painting with acrylics to creating intricate colorful “mathematical” abstracts with a computer paint program; which she is self taught.
She began to create her MyKids Friends in the 1st grade because she wanted to have friends of her own. Some of her earlier characters are versions of former classmates whom she still loves to this day.
Florentina’s MyKids Friends have taken on a life of their own inspiring the MyKids Unite Cartoon Series and Rockin’ MyKids Music Videos, currently in development.
Character merchandise is now available to buy through her online shop. You can watch her short films which includes Florentina narrating her Children’s Book, What’s A Bafoodle? Celebrating Friendships for All!
FINE ART COLLECTORS
Please visit Florentina’s Art Gallery for current availability.
Florentina’s Abstract Art Collection is available for a Limited Number of Large Scale Installations.
Her collections may be available for Interactive Art Displays, Private Exhibits and International Shows. Specific styles and genres are available for Commercial Licensing. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to receive her Look-Book.
Florentina created Stripes, our Spokes-Zebra when she was 8 years old. Stripes represents “We are all Connected and Deserving of Friends and the Freedom to Live, Love and Create in Peace and Musical Harmony with One Another.”
Inspired by her art and ability to overcome discrimination while staying true to who she is, the Oneness through Art Movement was launched in 2006.
Dexter Holland of The Offspring & Florentina
Photo Credit – Angelo Speech – 96X
Music is a major influence in Florentina’s life. Some of her favorite bands are The Offspring, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, 3 Doors Down, Three Days Grace, My Chemical Romance, POD, Disturbed, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Stevie Nicks, Becky, Shakira, Adele, Seattle Grunge, Swingset Mamas and many more. In May 2015 she met her all time FAV band – the Offspring.
Florentina with the Offspring – May 2015 at The Norva
From L – R. Pete Parada, Noodles, Florentina, Dexter Holland, Todd Morse, Greg K.
“For a person who is impacted greatly by a host of special needs to include vaccine injury, and has faced discrimination and mistreatment from other parents, schools and within society as a whole, Art and Music have been Florentina’s saving grace. The Arts are truly her voice and like everyone else she wants to be accepted for who she is without conditions, have friends, good health and welcomed within her community.” Andrea M Clarke – Florentina’s Mom