• jessica alazraki

    Jessica Alazraki
    Biography
     
    I was born and raised in Mexico City and have a bachelors degree in Communications from Universidad Anáhuac.
     
    I worked as a creative in advertising right after finishing high school and moved to New York City in 1998 where I worked at various advertising agencies that specialized in targeting the U.S. Hispanic market. At the same time, I was studying at the Parsons School in which I earned a degree in Graphic Design. I also entered other CE graphic design programs at various schools in NYC including the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union.
     
    After becoming a Mom, I quit my job but continued to work as a visual artist. In 2008, I first discovered my passion for drawing and painting. Since then, I have worked with live models helping me to expand my knowledge of anatomical drawing and figure painting.
     
    After my first year of studies for a Masters Degree in Figurative Painting (2015-2016) at the New York Academy of Art, I have been preparing my self-directed body of work that represents my artistic interest, my personality and contributes to creating social awareness.
     
    I have exhibited my paintings in the U.S.A. in over 30 groups shows including several Galleries in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Poughkeepsie, California, and Philadelphia as well as in Sotheby’s Auction House in NY and various museums like the Attleboro Arts Museum in Massachusetts and the New Britain Museum of America Art. I had one Solo Show in NYC and have participated in more than five group shows in Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico.
     
    I have also been teaching young girls—from middle school to high school—with drawing in a private setting.
     
    In 2015, I received “The Award of Excellence” from Huntington Arts Council. In 2017, I was given an “Honorable Mention Award” by the Barrett Art Center at the Circle Foundation for the Arts as well as the prize for second place at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. In 2018, I was given “The Passion Project Award” and “Artdex Award.” I am a member of the American Federation of the Arts and most Museums in New York.
    
    
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  • PRIMITIVE REALISM
    
    Jessica Alazraki’s figurative portraits convey everyday stories of colorful characters. These are confronting the viewer, without interacting with each other, instead submerged in their own personal psyche. The narratives are based in ordinary and familiar scenes of Latino family life, highlighting the influence of American culture and implying indirect political statements. The strong presence of primitive and naïve style connects the works to folklore elements and Mexican crafts. 
    
    Composition and color are prominent in the paintings, as the artist opts for the placement of the elements versus the realistic quality of the form. Her intention is to break traditional viewing rules and come up with unpredictable pictures. Laws of perspectives and anatomy are altered thus creating distortions and exaggerations and ultimately prioritizing emotion over objective reality.
    
    Humor, nostalgia, patterns and decorative elements play an important role in the compositions. The light source is not clear, nor consistent, and color enters the paintings in radical, aggressive ways delivering emotion. Within the representational figures, abstracted forms appear. This subtle abstraction brings forth the social condition of the Latino, both defined and abstracted in the US.  
    
  • EDUCATION
    
    NY Academy of Art
    MFA Studies
    2015-2016
    
    NY Academy of Art
    Certificate in Drawing & Painting
    CE 2010-2015
    
    Long Island Academy of Fine Art
    Atelier Armetta
    2012-2014
    
    Parsons School of Design, NY
    Diploma Course in Graphic Design
    2000-2001
    
    Universidad Anáhuac Ciudad de México
    Bachelor in Communications
    1990-1995
    
  • SOLO EXHIBIT
    
    Celebrating Latino Life
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY
    05/10, 05/13. 05/14, 2017
    
    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS
    
    México
    Aguafuerte Galería
    Mexico City, Mx
    09/05/2018-09/18/2018
    
    Wearable Art
    Huntington Arts Council
    Long Island, NY 
    08/24/2018-09/17/2018
    
    Somewhat Unwanted
    Santo Santa Gallery
    Mexico City, Mx
    08/11/2018-08/12/2018
    
    Arts Open Summer Exhibition
    Factory Gallery 2
    Long Island City, New York
    08/01/2018-09/02/2018
    
    Color
    Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition
    New York, NY 
    07/28/2018-07/19/2018
    
    
    
    Spring Stories
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY 
    05/30/2018-06/17/2018
    
    Typical America
    Field Projects Gallery 
    New York, NY
    05/10/2018-06/09/2018
    
    5 Napkin Show
    Factory Gallery 2
    Long Island City, New York
    05/17/2018-06/13/2018
    
    Signature Pieces
    West Side Art Coalition
    New York, NY
    04/07/2018
    
    For Woman
    Rockaway Artists Alliance
    Rockaway Point NY
    03/04/2018
    
    Mind Sets
    Green Kill Gallery
    Kingston NY
    02/03/2018
    
    Elevate your Spirit
    Zaha Hadid Building Gallery
    New York, NY
    01/18/2018
    
    New Year- Start with Art
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY
    01/10-28/2018
    
    Once Upon A Dream 
    Era Contemporary 
    Philadelphia, PA.
    11/10/2017
    
    
    
    Color: Primary to Tertiary 
    Site: Brooklyn Gallery 
    Brooklyn, NY 
    11/03-12/03/2017
    
    26th Annual Benefit Art Auction
    Attleboro Arts Museum
    Attleboro, Massachusetts
    11/04/2017
    
    New Directors '17
    Barrett Art Center 
    33rd Annual  National Juried Exhibition 
    Poughkeepsie, New York 
    10/07/17-11/04/17  
    
    Te amo México/I love you Mexico
    Restaurant Pan y Circo
    Mexico City, Mexico
    10/01/2017
    
    SINGLE FAIR 4 
    Highline Stages
    New York, NY
    09/16/17-09/17/17
    
    Mosaic of Color 
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY
    09/03/17-10/01/17
    
    We The People, Art in the 
    Age of Discord
    National Juried Exhibition
    Barrett Art Center 
    Poughkeepsie, New York 
    07/08-08/12/2017
    
    28th International Juried
    Exhibition Viridian Artists Inc.
    New York, NY
    06/01-06/04/2017
    
    47th Annual Juried Members Exhibition
    New Britain Museum of America Art
    Stitzer Family Gallery
    New Britain, CT
    04/29-05/28/2017
    
    ICONIC Black Panther 
    Presented by Sepia Collective
    Gregorio Escalante Gallery
    Los Angeles, California
    04/08/2017
    
    Seasonal Palette
    A fine Arts Exhibit
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY
    03/29-04/16, 2017
    
    Site: Brooklyn
    Cut and Paste: Contemporary Collage
    Selected by an International Jury
    Brooklyn, NY
    02/25-03/19, 2017
    
    Música Visual
    La Casa del Caballero Águila
    Cholula Puebla, México
    02/15/2017 
    
    Take Home a Nude
    Sothebys 
    New York, NY
    10/24/2016
    
    Black & White
    One Art Space
    New York, NY
    05/15/2015
    
    Self-Portrait
    Huntington Arts Council
    Long Island, NY
    04/10-05/10, 2015
    
    Don’t Eat This
    Huntington Arts Council
    Long Island, NY
    05/22-06/06, 2015
    
    
    
    
    Autoretrato 
    Centro Deportivo Israelita
    Mexico City
    02/08/2015
    
    Wrap it up
    Hersh Fine Art
    Long Island, NY
    12/5-01/05, 2015
    
    Lazos Entre Pueblos 
    Universidad del Valle de México, Plantel Tlalpan
    Mexico City
    09/04/2014
    
    Luz y Sombra 
    Casa de la Cultura Azcapozalco.
    Mexico City
    05/24/2014
    
    The Naked Truth
    The Nudes Collection on Saatchi Art’s Homepage
    Selected by Rebecca Wilson, 
    Senior Curator and Director of Saatchi Art
    08/04/2014
    
    Wrap it up
    Hersh Fine Art
    Long Island, NY
    12/06-01/06, 2014
    
    Single Fare Show
    RH Gallery
    New York, NY
    02/13–02/22, 2013
    
    92nd St Y
    Selected by the Committee
    The Milton J. Weill Art Gallery
    New York, NY
    2009
    
    
    
    
    
    
    FAIRS
    
    The Other Art Fair
    Saatchi Art
    Brooklyn Expo Center
    11/09-11/12/2017
    
    The Other Art Fair
    Saatchi Art
    Brooklyn Expo Center
    06/01-06/04/2017
    
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  • SOLO EXHIBIT
    
    Celebrating Latino Life
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY
    05/10, 05/13. 05/14, 2017
    
    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS
    
    México
    Aguafuerte Galería
    Mexico City, Mx
    09/05/2018-09/18/2018
    
    Wearable Art
    Huntington Arts Council
    Long Island, NY 
    08/24/2018-09/17/2018
    
    Somewhat Unwanted
    Santo Santa Gallery
    Mexico City, Mx
    08/11/2018-08/12/2018
    
    Arts Open Summer Exhibition
    Factory Gallery 2
    Long Island City, New York
    08/01/2018-09/02/2018
    
    Color
    Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition
    New York, NY 
    07/28/2018-07/19/2018
    
    
    
    Spring Stories
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY 
    05/30/2018-06/17/2018
    
    Typical America
    Field Projects Gallery 
    New York, NY
    05/10/2018-06/09/2018
    
    5 Napkin Show
    Factory Gallery 2
    Long Island City, New York
    05/17/2018-06/13/2018
    
    Signature Pieces
    West Side Art Coalition
    New York, NY
    04/07/2018
    
    For Woman
    Rockaway Artists Alliance
    Rockaway Point NY
    03/04/2018
    
    Mind Sets
    Green Kill Gallery
    Kingston NY
    02/03/2018
    
    Elevate your Spirit
    Zaha Hadid Building Gallery
    New York, NY
    01/18/2018
    
    New Year- Start with Art
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY
    01/10-28/2018
    
    Once Upon A Dream 
    Era Contemporary 
    Philadelphia, PA.
    11/10/2017
    
    
    
    Color: Primary to Tertiary 
    Site: Brooklyn Gallery 
    Brooklyn, NY 
    11/03-12/03/2017
    
    26th Annual Benefit Art Auction
    Attleboro Arts Museum
    Attleboro, Massachusetts
    11/04/2017
    
    New Directors '17
    Barrett Art Center 
    33rd Annual  National Juried Exhibition 
    Poughkeepsie, New York 
    10/07/17-11/04/17  
    
    Te amo México/I love you Mexico
    Restaurant Pan y Circo
    Mexico City, Mexico
    10/01/2017
    
    SINGLE FAIR 4 
    Highline Stages
    New York, NY
    09/16/17-09/17/17
    
    Mosaic of Color 
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY
    09/03/17-10/01/17
    
    We The People, Art in the 
    Age of Discord
    National Juried Exhibition
    Barrett Art Center 
    Poughkeepsie, New York 
    07/08-08/12/2017
    
    28th International Juried
    Exhibition Viridian Artists Inc.
    New York, NY
    06/01-06/04/2017
    
    47th Annual Juried Members Exhibition
    New Britain Museum of America Art
    Stitzer Family Gallery
    New Britain, CT
    04/29-05/28/2017
    
    ICONIC Black Panther 
    Presented by Sepia Collective
    Gregorio Escalante Gallery
    Los Angeles, California
    04/08/2017
    
    Seasonal Palette
    A fine Arts Exhibit
    West Side Arts Coalition
    New York, NY
    03/29-04/16, 2017
    
    Site: Brooklyn
    Cut and Paste: Contemporary Collage
    Selected by an International Jury
    Brooklyn, NY
    02/25-03/19, 2017
    
    Música Visual
    La Casa del Caballero Águila
    Cholula Puebla, México
    02/15/2017 
    
    Take Home a Nude
    Sothebys 
    New York, NY
    10/24/2016
    
    Black & White
    One Art Space
    New York, NY
    05/15/2015
    
    Self-Portrait
    Huntington Arts Council
    Long Island, NY
    04/10-05/10, 2015
    
    Don’t Eat This
    Huntington Arts Council
    Long Island, NY
    05/22-06/06, 2015
    
    
    
    
    Autoretrato 
    Centro Deportivo Israelita
    Mexico City
    02/08/2015
    
    Wrap it up
    Hersh Fine Art
    Long Island, NY
    12/5-01/05, 2015
    
    Lazos Entre Pueblos 
    Universidad del Valle de México, Plantel Tlalpan
    Mexico City
    09/04/2014
    
    Luz y Sombra 
    Casa de la Cultura Azcapozalco.
    Mexico City
    05/24/2014
    
    The Naked Truth
    The Nudes Collection on Saatchi Art’s Homepage
    Selected by Rebecca Wilson, 
    Senior Curator and Director of Saatchi Art
    08/04/2014
    
    Wrap it up
    Hersh Fine Art
    Long Island, NY
    12/06-01/06, 2014
    
    Single Fare Show
    RH Gallery
    New York, NY
    02/13–02/22, 2013
    
    92nd St Y
    Selected by the Committee
    The Milton J. Weill Art Gallery
    New York, NY
    2009
    
    
    
    
    
    
    FAIRS
    
    The Other Art Fair
    Saatchi Art
    Brooklyn Expo Center
    11/09-11/12/2017
    
    The Other Art Fair
    Saatchi Art
    Brooklyn Expo Center
    06/01-06/04/2017