Jessica Alazraki: Portraits of Latino Immigrants. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
presents
Jessica Alazraki:
Portraits of Latino Immigrants
On view: November 6 – December 12, 2020
Press Opening: November 6, 12-6PM
By appointment at JCAL’s Community Gallery
161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432
And online at JCAL.org/jessica-alazraki

Pink Donut on Pink, Oil on canvas, 2020. 42×52 inches, with frame.

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is pleased to present Portraits of Latino Immigrants, an exhibition of paintings by Jessica Alazraki. Opening the week of the presidential election, the exhibition offers glimpses into the everyday lives of Latinx families in the US, with its combination of bright patterns and colors and muted expressions; it is a reminder of common humanity that we share even in politically heated and divisive times. The artist is a recipient of the 2020 Queens Art Fund New Work Grant, awarded by the Queens Council on the Arts. Portraits of Latino Immigrants will be exhibited at JCAL’s Community Gallery from November 6 to December 12, 2020, with a Press Opening on November 6, 12-6 PM by appointment. Members of the press can email JCAL Visual Arts Program Associate Naomi Kuo at nkuo@jcal.org to RSVP. On Saturdays, November 14, and December 5, 12-5 PM, the artist will be present in the gallery to engage in conversation with the audience. General public hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM-6 PM. All visits must be made by appointment — see JCAL.org/visit-the-gallery for more information, including visitor capacity and safety precautions. An Artist Talk will be live-streamed onto the JCAL Youtube Channel from the gallery on November 14 at 3 PM with a limited in-person audience.  RSVP here  https://jcal.meeter-app.com/event/VzYofYwMER

For more information visit Http://www.jessicaalazrakiart.com

About her work, the artist writes:

“As a Mexican woman living in New York, I feel it is my responsibility to open up a dialogue about immigrants. My work intends to respond to the political climate surrounding Latinx immigrants– one full of controversy. During the pandemic, the Hispanic communities were some of the most affected. My paintings have a positive and colorful vibe; they intend to be a celebration of Latinx life in the US and aim to highlight family values. The narrative shows typical situations of ordinary people in which everyone can recognize that moment as their own.”

Snack Time on Blue, Oil on canvas, 2020. 42.5×23 inches, with frame

Jessica Alazraki was born and raised in Mexico City and has been based in NYC since 1998. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Universidad Anáhuac, a Diploma in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design in New York City, a Certificate in Drawing & Painting from The New York Academy of Art.

This exhibition is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Pictures were taken by stan@stannarten.com

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