About the Artist


  • A bilingual English-Spanish visual artist, poet, actor, educator and public health practitioner born in Valledupar, Colombia in 1968.
  • Emilio Aponte Sierra Paretti is his legal name after married his partner Dr. Robert Paretti in 2015, but in the artistic world he is known as Emilio Apontesierra.
  • Is from South America, but brought his love of the arts to South Florida in 2002 when he moved to United State of America seeking political asylum.
  • Apontesierra was so committed to his craft and his community that when he graduated high school he earned a scholarship to Magdalena University for acting. Instead of majoring in the arts, he chose to major in Fishing Engineering.
  • Before leave his country, he was part of the team of environment planners of Fundación Pro-Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta working for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta: The world’s highest coastal mountain. Thousands of plant and hundreds of animal species, dozens of which are endemic, have been found here, including 628 bird species—about equal to what has been identified in the United States and Canada combined.
  • Guidance Counselor that uses art as a tool of community mobilization with a strategic mindset and ability to translate into tactical action plans.
  • Artist member of the panel of jurors of “Art To End Aids” Mural Project. ArtServe, Florida Department of Health in Broward County, CBS Miami, and EcoMedia. 2016
  • Founder of the Ribbon Project-Art counseling: A counseling approach that use art to helps people improve their emotional well-being.
  • Artist participant in Art Serve 2014 Inside Out global art initiative and part of BROWARD 100: A commemoration of Broward County’s centennial with bold, innovative art and performance projects
  • Third place in the 2013 “Naughty show” of Art United
  • Curator/Coordinator of The Pride Center’s Art Galleries. Wilton Manors, FL            2011 –  2015
  • Community Liaison Director. Board of Directors World AIDS Museum and Educational Center 2013 – 2014
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