Jessica Alazraki’s figurative portraits convey everyday stories of colorful characters. These confront the viewer, without interaction but instead submerging them within their own psyche. The narratives are based in ordinary and familiar scenes of Latino family life.
Jessica Alazraki was born and raised in Mexico City and has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Universidad Anáhuac. She has exhibited her paintings in the USA in over 30 group shows, including galleries in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Poughkeepsie, California, and Philadelphia as well as in Sotheby’s Auction House in NY, and various museums like the Attleboro Arts Museum, Massachusetts and the New Britain Museum of America Art. Jessica has had two solo shows in NYC and has exhibited internationally in her native, Mexico City and in Puebla, Mexico.
"I worked as a creative in advertising right after finishing high school and moved to New York City in 1998 where I worked at various advertising agencies that specialized in targeting the U.S. Hispanic market. At the same time, I was studying at the Parsons School in which I earned a degree in Graphic Design. I also entered other CE graphic design programs at various schools in NYC including the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union.
After becoming a mum, I quit my job but continued to work as a visual artist. In 2008, I first discovered my passion for drawing and painting. Since then, I have worked with live models helping me to expand my knowledge of anatomical drawing and figure painting.
After my first year of studies for a Masters Degree in Figurative Painting (2015-2016) at the New York Academy of Art, I have been preparing my self-directed body of work that represents my artistic interest, my personality and contributes to creating social awareness.
I have also been teaching young girls—from middle school to high school—with drawing in a private setting.
In 2015, I received “The Award of Excellence” from Huntington Arts Council. In 2017, I was given an “Honorable Mention Award” by the Barrett Art Center at the Circle Foundation for the Arts as well as the prize for second place at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. In 2018, I was given “The Passion Project Award” and Artdex Award."
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