Painter Jacqueline Gopie was born in Kingston, Jamaica and now lives and works in Coral Gables, Florida.
After a 22-year career in the United States Army, she began painting in 2002 when she attended
the University of Miami where she earned her BFA in 2005 and MFA in 2012.
Focusing on idyllic scenes of black and brown children enjoying seaside leisure and playtime
she subversively challenges negative media stereotypes of people of color.
Her intent is to rewire the viewer’s learned negative physiological response to
racial differences by introducing and insisting upon alternative positive contexts,
narratives and visual imagery.
In 2016, she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant.