Alessandra DeLaCruz

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Alessandra DeLaCruz is a New York City based abstract artist who focuses on process oil painting.  The

application of each layer she works with creates a complex web; pushing and pulling background and foreground together to combine, create, combust, inviting the viewer to dive deeper into the “universes” that she creates in each work.  

 

Graduating with a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2009, DeLaCruz has been featured in group exhibitions throughout New York and participates in many art collectives. In the curatorial field, Alessandra  was the Director of Exhibitions at Harmony Gallery in Stony Brook NY from 2012-13, and currently works under independent curator Ombretta Agro Andruff.  Alessandra is also the resident artist and head curator for the East African Center, a non-profit she volunteered with as a muralist and art teacher in rural Eastern Kenya in 2011.  

 

Artist Statement:

 

I am constantly exploring the little secrets of oil paint.  It creates microscopic relationships with everything and anything it comes in contact with and to me that's fascinating.  I love to see the way the paint interacts with texture and how itself creates texture.  My paintings are extremely physical; paint them on the floor, in 360 degrees, constantly moving around them, lifting them, tilting them until I get the right movement.  When the paintings get more developed, each stage of movement is more difficult because they become heavier, especially the really large pieces.  I believe both the demise or the success of the visual and emotional elements of each piece relies greatly on this physicality.  Though I can never re-create some of those little discoveries and happy accidents in my paintings, its rather humbling to realize you are not ultimately in control.  Sometimes these relationships in a piece can be disastrous, but they are beautiful.  And if you're lucky, even life changing.

 

 

 

 

Solo Exhibitions:

 

8/2015      "Alessandra DeLaCruz: Recent Works"  The Gallery @ 350 Bleecker, New York, NY

5/2010      "My Seasons Army" My Moon, Brooklyn, NY

7/2008 "Alessandra DeLaCruz: Abstract Figuration" Cornichon, Brooklyn, NY

 

Dual Artist Exhibitions:

 

9/2013     "SOUND + IMAGE: Walk Up ID" Major League Baseball Fan Cave, New York, NY

6/2013     "Alessandra DeLaCruz & Sarah H Reynolds: SOUND + IMAGE" WeWork, New York, NY

12/2012   "Select Art Fair" Art Basel, Miami, FL

 

Group Exhibitions:

 

4/2014     "#YAW" Yonkers, New York  

2/2014     "The Last Brucennial" Vito Schnable & Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY

9/2013     "Braulic Intricacy" Jack's, New York, NY

2/2013     "Rockville Curatorial" Rockville Bank, CT

5/2012      "Cardinal Convergence" Harmony Gallery, Stony Brook, NY

5/2012      "Figure Fragments" The Coin Locker, Brooklyn, NY

4/2012 “Art & Harmony” Private Manhattan Loft, New York, NY

3/2012 “Groundbreaking” Safe Harbor Loft, Manhattan, New York, NY

12/2011 “Art for Soul: Kenya” Gallery Bar, New York, NY

7/2011 "Textural Abstractions" Clovers Fine Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

4/2011 "Art for Soul: Japan Relief Exhibition" AGallery, New York, NY

7/2010 "Best of Painting" Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

3/2010 "Spring Salon" Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

11/2010 "Remote" M55 Art Gallery, Long Island City, NY

12/2009 "Antagonist Art Movement" Antagonist Gallery, New York, NY

9/2009 "Artist Series Launch" The Rivington Hotel, New York, NY Alessandra and fellow artist Zito

                 created

                 two custom painted shoe lines for designers Shane & Shawn

5/2009 "Dialogue 23" The Great Hall @ FIT, New York, NY

4/2009 "Fine Art vs. Illustration" 2/20 Gallery, New York, NY

4/2009 "Antagonist Art Movement" Antagonist Gallery, New York, NY

12/2008 "50 Unspoken Words; Emerging Artists" M55 Gallery, Long Island   City, NY

12/2008 “Bamboo Pool Installation” Bridge Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, FL

10/2008 "KAI Opening" KAI Studios, Brooklyn, NY

12/2007 "December Guerilla Art Show" FIT, New York, NY

10/2007 "October Guerilla Art Show" FIT, New York, NY

9/2007 "Sandrine, Alessandra, Ina & Marcin" D Building Gallery @ FIT, New York, NY

 

Affilliations/Experience:

 

Present: Principal Curator & Volunteer Art Teacher for the East African Center

12/11-

12/13:       Curatorial Associate: Ombretta Agro’ Andruff – International curator – Art Basel Miami, The                         Armory, The Whitney Museum, Arte Critica, and New York Arts Magazine

1/12-13:    Director of Exhibitions at Harmony Gallery, Stony Brook, NY

2/2013:     Rockville Curatorial – Rockville Bank, West Hartford Branch & Glastonbury Executive Offices –                     Project Manager/Curator

4/2012 Art & Harmony Exhibition – Private Manhattan Loft – Curator

12/2011 Art for Soul: Kenya – Gallery Bar, New York, NY – Project  Coordinator/Co-Curator

7/2011 Animus Arts Collective – Flaming Cactus Astor Place – NYC Dept. of Transportation, New York,                    NY

4/2011 Art for Soul: Japan Relief Exhibition – AGallery, New York, NY – Project Coordinator/Co-Curator

9/2010 Animus Arts Collective – The Honey Trap Project, New York, NY

9/2009 Four Heads Governor’s Island Art Fair, New York, NY

6/2009 High Line Art Festival – Jason Hackenwerth’s Megamites, New York, NY

12/2008 Bamboo Pool – Bridge Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, FL

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