Artist Lorie Ofir has formal artistic training from Parsons New School University, Florence University of the Arts, and the University of Florida. Informally, she observes the world both objectively and emotionally to create compositions that place realistically painted objects in abstract and atmospheric environments, treading the line between real and imaginative.
As an artist based in Miami, Florida, Lorie lives on flat land, but paints mountains. She has emotional connections to places that are only physically far away. This dichotomy has moved her towards her current series of paintings and collages titled "Hybrid Landscapes”. Sitting on a horizon that one can never reach, each piece is an impossible world: an overlap of different colors, objects, weathers, textures, and terrains that only exist together in fantasy. By exploring the elsewhere and fusing it with the familiar, Lorie paints large-scale landscapes of undulating sand dunes, stars of broken glass, infinite mountains of fabric, and underwater raindrops. Her most recent works are inspired by the American landscapes from her travels, and their surreal and expansive qualities. She currently paints and collages at Yo Space Studios in Little Haiti, Miami, Florida.