Desiree Kawass, known to most as “Desi”, was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended Immaculate Conception Preparatory & high school and graduated at the age of sixteen. She then moved to Miami, Florida to pursue a career in Visual Art at Florida International University. Having discovered a new interest in the mechanics of the human body, however, Desiree embarked on a degree in Exercise Physiology, of which she obtained both a bachelors and masters degree. In addition, she was licensed as a dental hygienist in 2007. Throughout this educational journey, Desiree’s painting became secondary to her studies, only to resurface during her spare time. As time passed on, Desiree always felt as though something was missing in her life. Each endeavor she pursued became unfulfilling over time, never to compare to the contentedness which art brought to her life. She needed to paint, she wanted to paint and paint she did.
Desiree began with her Bamboo Series, a collection of paintings which focused on the detailed beauty of bamboo stalks. She expanded this series by utilizing more vibrant colors and tones and ultimately, larger canvases. She felt as though such vibrancy could not and should not be limited to small canvases. As she continued to rekindle her relationship with a paintbrush, her paintings became more meaningful, paying tribute to her Uncle by emulating his art with her interpretation of his work through her P-Tree series, a series that she holds very close to her heart. She then began experimenting with three-dimensional art – a form of art that truly made her happy. Labeled as her “Happy Times” series, these paintings do nothing more than exude happiness from the eyes of their beholders. This series became the immediate focus and the inspiration for Pop Up Piano Miami 2012.
Prior to this event, Desiree participated in the SOMI Art Walk, The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana – Art in the Park and Miracle Mile Art Walk, Artists Wanted – Art Takes Miami and Art Takes New York. For Desiree, however, the acceptance as an official Pop Up Piano Miami 2012 artist has been her greatest achievement yet. She still continues to define herself with her new series – Arbor Ballet. This series was finally born through the collaboration of her education and her artistic talents. Her education provided an abstract use of the mechanics of the human body whilst the inspiration of her P-Tree series set the tone to create this collection. She needed to paint, she wanted to paint and paint she did.