Beverly AchA | Miami, Florida
Originally from Miami, Florida, Beverly Acha received her MFA from Yale University and her BA from Williams College. She is the recipient of various awards including the Frederick M. Peyser Prize in Painting, Berkshire Art Association Fellowship, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Salem Art Works Fellowship, and Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Travel Grant to Brazil. Acha has served as a visiting critic at Williams College, School of Visual Arts, and Rhode Island School of Design. This past Fall she was a Visiting Lecturer in Studio Art at Williams College. Exhibitions in New York City include Museum Starter Kit at El Museo del Barrio, Over Here, In There, a two-person show at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Published by the Artist at IPCNY, Left to Right at 437 A, and Introductions at La MaMa Galleria.
“My paintings arise from a desire to connect with my own physicality. When I paint, I connect to a non-verbal, sensory understanding of my experience. The materiality of paint, surfaces I prepare, and haptic memories feed my process. In the studio, bodies of work begin intuitively. I source a visual language by working simultaneously on small, quick, layered paintings, drawings, and monoprints. The resulting images are filtered into larger scale, slow paintings, that engage gravity and my own physical scale. I aim for the materiality of my work and its forms to activate the viewer’s senses and to engage their awareness of nature, space, time, and scale.”