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.
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