Monica S. Camin is the daughter of two German-Jews who found refuge from the Third Reich in Argentina. She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, lived in Israel for ten years, has lived in the United States for the past 30 years, and currently lives and works in Fair Haven, NJ and Houston, TX.
The questions Camin explores in much of her work straddle the experiences of being brought up as the daughter of immigrants in Latin America and the experiences of personal immigration and identity in adulthood as she emigrated to Israel and then the United States.
While the catalysts for the movement between countries differ vastly, the commonality that ensues is that the culture and communities that so strongly shape our identity and understanding of the world in which we live are uprooted, causing us to seek out and reinvent the stories that make us whole. She sifts through her ancestral stories in order to connect to those roots that have been torn from their origins and to remember and pass on the stories of a living history whose survivors are aging.
Camin received formal training at the Paula A. Sarmiento Art Acadamy, Olivos, Argentina and Manuel Belgrano Art University, Bs. As., Argentina. Her education continued with sculpture courses taken with Sidney Simon at Arts Students League, NY, NY and at the New School, NY, NY where she studied under Chaim Gross.
Camin has been exhibiting her work across the globe since the late 70s, with solo exhibitions spanning New York City, New Jersey, Florida, and Buenos Aires. In 2011, she completed a full-color 125 page bilingual memoir titled Mi niñez fue tan pintoresca/My childhood was so colorful. In 2016, she curated her first museum exhibition Neo-Latino: Critical Mass at the Monmouth Museum, NJ.
She is a member of the collective, Neo-Latino, dedicated to promoting the contemporary Latino experience in the United States, and is a founding Board Member of c3:initiative, a non-profit art space in Portland, Oregon committed to process-based exploration.