Seeing life through the eyes of an artist: Fiona Murphy builds a legacy painting Brasilia and preparing young lives

In her decades-long career, the artist has gone her own way, creating unapologetically fresh work that feels at once experimental, personal, and particularly relevant. As Art Director at the American School in Brasilia, she leads students to their own individuality in art and life

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Fiona Murphy is a woman with an intense demeanor that shifts between creative and analytical; she is a uniquely prolific artist with a richly varied range that manages to maintain a signature style through an art based on ideas and feelings, conceptual through a variety of aesthetic considerations.

Her fiery eyes have a magnetic draw that is undeniably Irish, yet she is a world citizen, sensible and idealistic, a consummate artist and a complex human being.

Murphy is a real-world learner, and she translates that well into her role as Art Director at the American . . .

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