CO-FOUNDERS


GINA RAPHAELA

Gina Raphaela is a New York based artist influenced by her bold and vibrant Sicilian heritage. From Fellini films to the deep red sauces of her grandmother’s cooking, Gina's art is a color-filled memory reflecting passionate expression. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, and Tokyo.

Gina's first solo show in Los Angeles, LIFE SAVERS, a series of vivid abstract paintings with resin sold out opening night. Her recent exhibit, LOVE OR FEAR, opened at CATM gallery in Chelsea to great acclaim. The constructive sculpture series, an exploration of the 21st century woman depicts sexuality, identity and power. These sculptures represent the need to blow up cultural standards of women that still exist. "How can we be so admired and adored for our beauty yet be marginalized at the same time?"

Critics hailed Gina’s exhibition: “a very fluid and provocative show.” Her constructive sculpture, Timed, “a life size figure covered with 16,000 mini-marshmallows brilliantly emphasized the universal desire to look young."

As an entrepreneur, Gina launched a design and painting firm LG DESIGN in Los Angeles. Her creative talents have also landed her in front of the camera in commercial and print work for such clients as McDonald’s, Charmin and American Express.

Gina is the co-founder of Art for Shelters. Gina's vision is to donate her original art to every shelter in New York City, then expand throughout the United States, and ultimately have a global presence around the world.

TINA ALEXIS ALLEN

Tina Alexis Allen is an actress, writer, producer, entrepreneur and a GLAAD award nominee.

Tina attended college on a basketball scholarship at the University of Maryland and received her MBA from Mount Saint Mary’s. She moved to New York City to begin her career in fashion. Within a brief period of time, Tina was managing the sales divisions and marketing operations for top contemporary designers.

After a fast climb up the corporate ladder, Tina decided to pursue an acting career, which has lead to many starring roles on the stage and screen.

Most recently, Tina was Off-Broadway in the World Premiere of Tennessee Williams's, In Masks Outrageous and Austere at The Culture Project. Her solo show, Secrets Of A Holy Father, which she also wrote, was workshopped at The Cherry Lane Theatre.

Other Off-Broadway credits include Susan in the premiere of Charles Mee’s Fire Island. The New York Times praised Tina's work, “Ms. Allen is an actor of great conviction;” Lydia in Underground at The Beckett Theatre. In Los Angeles, Tina wrote and performed her 12 character one woman show, Irresistible, in which critics said, “her character work rivals that of Lily Tomlin.”  Tina was nominated for a GLAAD award along side Jane Lynch.

Highlights from her screen work include writing, directing and acting opposite Teri Garr in God Out The Window; the Slamdance Jury Prize Nominated, Phantom Pain, which she starred in and produced; and the indie films Last Rite, Bushwick, and Molly. Her screenplay, Bittersweet, was a finalist for the Sundance Writer’s Lab. Tina made her television debut on Touched By An Angel, and can be seen as “Dr. Mills” in The Onion News Network on IFC.

Tina is the co-founder of Art For Shelters. Her bold vision is that every company become socially responsible, giving and receiving in equal measure.


Gina Raphaela | 323-810-6227 | gina@ginaraphaela.com

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