Jessica Alazraki

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

AWARDS

Honorable Mention Award

Circle Foundation for the Arts

2017

New Directors '17

Barrett Art Center 

33rd Annual  National Juried Exhibition 

2nd Place 

10/07/17

Self-Portrait

Huntington Arts Council

Award of Excellence

04/10/2015

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Celebrating Latino Life

West Side Arts Coalition

New York, NY

05/10, 05/13. 05/14, 2017

GROUP EXHIBITS

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

01/18t/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 Gallry 

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

Jessicaalazraki@icloud.com

www.jessicaalazraki.com