Iris Jan Duarte was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida until age thirteen. The family moved to Berkeley, California for six years. The next four years she lived in Europe and Israel. Living in different cultures, learning other languages, and having the opportunity to see the architecture, great museums, and art of many countries inspired her deeply.
Iris came to printmaking and painting through a personal journey of exploration and self-renewal. In 1995 she began deliberate steps to develop her skills in painting, drawing and printmaking, which she continues to learn and develop today.
Iris evolved from licensed mental health therapist to artist. Iris draws inspiration from nature, and time spent in her mountain retreat, allowing time and space to experience, reflect, create, and discover her artistic process.
Iris’s work is represented in many private and public collections throughout California, New York, Chicago, and Florida.