Cheri’ Ben-Iesau was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in a nomadic family that roamed the length of the state. She joined the Coast Guard and spent the next 25 years in the same nomadic vein. The Coast Guard brought her to Louisiana in the ‘90s, where she settled, making New Orleans her home.

As an artist Cheri’ works primarily in oils and acrylics to create images that evoke moods and memories. Though not formally trained, her body of work now includes annual openings at Ariodante Gallery since 2008, murals, permanent inclusion in the VA Hospital collection, the 2013 Louisiana Contemporary exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and Brush With Burden 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Cheri’ has written several books including The Long September about her experiences during Hurricane Katrina, and Farewell to Egypt–a personal memoir.

If you’re in the New Orleans area you can see the art & books at Ariodante Gallery.

Features about her art have appeared in Louisiana Homes & Gardens, Professional Mariner and the (now defunct) Times Picayune.

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