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70 ARTIST PROFILE Jessica Alazraki

Balloons, 2019, oil on canvas, 154 x 121 cm

Couple, 2018, oil on canvas, 154 x 121cm

Jessica Alazraki

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hrough her colourful figurative portraits Jessica Alazraki breaks traditional viewing rules to create unpredictable paintings where laws of perspectives and anatomy are altered; distorting or exaggerating features and proportions to prioritize emotion over objective reality. Her narrative-driven canvases depict ordinary and familiar scenes of Latinx family life. The figures confront the viewer without interacting with each other, instead submerged in their own personal psyche. Humour, nostalgia, patterns and decorative elements play an important role in her compositions, as does her bold use of colour which enters the paintings in radical, aggressive ways. The strong presence of primitive and naïve

style connects the works to folklore elements and Mexican crafts, while the abstracted forms amongst the representational figures brings forth the social condition of Latinx people in the US, both defined and abstracted. Having studied Figurative Painting at the New York Academy of Art, Alazraki has exhibited her paintings in over thirty group shows across the US in both galleries and museums, and more than five shows in Mexico. She has had two solo shows of her work in New York City, and has won numerous awards for her paintings, including ‘The Award of Excellence’ from Huntington Arts Council. jessicaalazrakiart.com jessicaalazraki@icloud.com

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