Ileana Prosper Holman is a Cuban-born artist living in the Tampa Bay area where she works from life, photos and imagination to express the beauty and emotion of the human face and figure. She holds an active ALF (Assisted Living Facility) Administrator license and teaches graphite and colored pencil techniques to Residents in local retirement communities using her preliminary sketches of subjects from the Golden Age of Hollywood and “Portraits Inspired by Music” series. She also draws live and holds classes at local corporate events and in private settings. Her portraits done in wet and dry media explore and capture the uniqueness and personality of each of her subjects. Ileana’s artwork has been displayed in shows and galleries throughout Florida and at The Ellen Art Show in Los Angeles, CA. Her “Island Girl” mural is featured on The Good Wall in Miami’s “Little Havana.” In April 2017,  Ileana won First Place at the Beatles Arts Festival at the Stirling Art Studios & Gallery in Dunedin, FL, for her portrait of John Lennon entitled, “Kaleidoscope Eyes.”


The more I focus on the human face, the more I realize we are more alike than different, sharing the same feelings and expressions. There’s an innate beauty and complexity in each of us that I seek to expose in my portraits.  I love constructing the face to show how the subject’s emotions affect his/her entire being. When I am allowed to convey this on paper or canvas, it is my ultimate catharsis.


  • Sep 2017 – “Adorned with Protection” portrait in graphite; “On Your Mark” Juried Fall Exhibit; Dunedin Fine Art Center; Dunedin, FL
  • Apr 2017 – “Kaleidoscope Eyes” portrait in colored pencil; First Place Winner at “The Beatles Art Festival” Juried Exhibit; Stirling Art Studios & Gallery; Dunedin, FL
  • Jul 2016 – “Kaleidoscope Eyes” portrait in colored pencil; “Heads Up” Show; Dunedin Fine Art Center; Dunedin, FL
  • Jan 2016 – “Road Trip” portrait in graphite; “Finding Dali” Show; Miguel Rodez Project Space, Bird Road Art District; Miami, FL
  • May 2014 – “Alfred’s Gift” portrait of Tippi Hedren in acrylics; “Put A Bird On It” Show; Blu Moon Studio of Art; Coconut Grove, FL
  • Mar 2014 – “Maleficent Miami,” “786 Beauty,” and “There’s Something About Miami” colored pencil portraits; “The Miami Mixer” Show; Eleazar Delgado Studio at McCormick Place; Downtown Miami, FL
  • Dec 2013 – “Cubanita Bendecida” portrait in acrylics; “The Wall” Show; MANO Fine Art; Miami, FL
  • Oct 2013 – “Frida Locks” portrait in colored pencil; “The Baptist Breast Center” Fundraiser; The Cadillac Ranch; Miami, FL
  • Aug 2013 – “Fragile Blondie” portrait of Debbie Harry in colored pencil; L3 Magazine’s “Free Art Fridays” article, Page 9
  • Jun 2013 – “Island Girl” mural in acrylics; “The Good Wall” in Miami’s Little Havana; Miami, FL
  • Apr 2013 – “Old Hollywood” theme portraits in graphite; “Blu Moon Drawing & Sketchbook” Show; Blu Moon Studio of Art; Coconut Grove, FL
  • Sep 2012 – “My Name is Yo Momma” portrait in colored pencil; “Yo Momma in the House” Show (Portraits of Myra Wexler); North Miami, FL
  • Mar 2012 – “Little Miss Muffet” portrait in acrylics; “Square Show 2” Group Art Show; Bear & Bird Boutique & Gallery; Lauderhill, FL
  • Oct 2011 – “Wildfire” in acrylics; “Out of Context” Show; Galerie Jenner; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Feb 2011 – “Eva…Al Dente” in acrylics; “Cheesecake Pin-up” Show; Galerie Jenner; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Dec 2010 – “Eva…Al Dente” in acrylics; “Pop-up Gallery” Holiday Show; The Art Center; Miami Beach, FL



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