Moema navigates in many arenas. Her artwork independent of the medium, reflect her preoccupation with issues of separation and displacement, and issues of duality, the intimate versus global are a constant presence in her artwork. She has worked with a variety of man-made and organic materials such as latex, wax, bricks, wood, sand, soap, oil, and marble.
Born in Brazil, she came to the United States in her early 20s to study Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. After graduation, she moved to California where she worked as a Graphic Designer for Advertising Agencies and Publishing companies. It was later on, that at the University of Wisconsin -Madison she acquired her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting.
Furtado has exhibited nationally and internationally with solo exhibits in Brazil, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Ohio. Her artwork has been part of many National group exhibitions such as the Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art; American Annual at Newport; Wisconsin-Today - Milwaukee Art Museum; National Exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum in Austin, to name a few. Her work is part of many private and public collections including the Tennessee Governor’s Executive Residence in Nashville, Tennessee, the University of Tennessee Knoxville Trial Gardens, the Waupun Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin, the Wausau Hospital Center in Wausau, Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Resource Center in Winnebago, Wisconsin.
For two years she was a recipient of a percent for the Arts Award given by the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her work has been a feature in newspapers nationally and articles in the Sculpture Magazine. Furtado currently lives and works in Kent, Ohio.