Joanna Bavero received her MFA at Stony Brook University in 2014 and her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007.
Joanna has shown in both group and solo exhibitions in galleries such as Gristle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY, The Richard Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY, Gallery North, (curated by Phillip Pearlstein) in East Setauket, NY, The Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York City and The Paul Zuccaire Gallery in Stony Brook, NY. She has been featured in publications and online galleries such as the International Emerging Artist Awards, Studio Visit Magazine and Direct Art Magazine. Bavero is a member of the Grrrl Art Collective with other featured artists such as Linnea Strid, Brandi Read and Gigi Chen.
Joanna's work strives to create a sense of tension and unease amidst images of beauty and pleasure. It aims to challenge the viewer with their own biases as to what they find socially acceptable regarding female sexuality. Each piece illustrates the dichotomy between pleasure versus pain, empowerment versus submission, autonomy versus shame, which speaks to what it means to be a woman in today's society.