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RAIR artists: Cristina Gonzalaz, Mary Josephson, Maria Rucker and James McGarrell
Education: BA Yale University; MFA University of Washington, Seattle; Skowhegan Fellowship. Awards: Richter Fellowship, Yale University; National Hispanic Scholarship Society Award.
"Gonzalez's paintings are assembled with diverse languages, both contemporary and art historical. Mexican folk retablos, early Goya pastorals, and classical female figures, as seen in the work of Zurbaran or Delacroix, are but a few sources of inspiration and information. Her paintings are often dense with lively color, romantic beauty and gestural ambiguity." from catalogue essay by Michael J. Riley, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Roswell Museum and Art Center
Education: AB, Indiana University; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; MA, University of California, Los Angeles.Awards: Fulbright Fellow, State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart; American Academy of Arts and Letters, Jimmy Ernst Award for "lifetime contribution to a vision which has been both consistent and dedicated"; 2 National Endowment for the Arts Grants; Guggenheim Fellowship; National Institute of Arts and Letters Citation and Grant; Tamarind Lithography Workshop Fellowship. Selected Solo Exhibitions: Hundreds of galleries and museums in America and Europe including Galerie Claude-Bernard, Paris; Galleria Gian Ferrari, Milan; Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans; George Adams Gallery, NY; five Whitney Museum Annuals and Biennials; two Carnegie International exhibitions; National Pinakathiki, Athens, Greece. Collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art among numerous others.
"I started painting at the age of 20, I'm now 69. I am as obsessed with getting it right today as I was back then. I want to see something perfect made in my own handwriting."
Education: BFA, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR; Ecole National Supior des Beaux Arts, Paris, France; Parsons School of Design, Paris France. Awards: Artist's Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Painting, Oregon Arts Commission; Monomania Printmaking Fellowship, PNWCA, Portland, OR; Capital Press Award, Oregon State University. Selected Solo Exhibitions: Galeria Dos Damas, San Diego, CA; Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR; Grover Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA; Wentz Gallery, Portland Art Museum.
"From the beginning I wanted to capture in my paintings more than a likeness of the individual. I wanted the painting to tell about the character or spirit of the person depicted. These paintings tell the stories of people caught up in the heroics of everyday life, the common place events which color our lives and shape our days."
Education: Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany; Erasmus-Scholarship for Greece at the School of Fine Arts, Athens. Awards: Marschalk-von-Ostheim Travel Award for Ireland & Brittany; DAAD-grant for Carrara/Italy; International Wood-Carving Symposium San Giuliano Terme/Italy; Hualien International Stone Sculpture Symposium/Taiwan.
"My material is stone, in the first place, bronze and wood in the second, but also etching. My sketchbooks help me to think three-dimensionally. I usually work with different tools, by hand as well as with machines depending on the intention of my work. It is important to carve the sculptures by my own, because the process of working the material contains a lot of valued surprises and unexpected aspects."
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