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Teresa Oaxaca

 (born 1988)
Teresa Oaxaca is active/lives in Virginia, District Of Columbia / Italy.  Teresa Oaxaca is known for classical realist figure, portrait, dolls, clown and raucous genre painting.

Teresa Oaxaca

Biography from the Archives of askART

Studied with Robert Liberace at The Art League Alexandria, Old Town, Virginia  (2010-2011)

Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy (2009-2010)

Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, Core Program Degree and Graduate Studies (2005-2008)

Studio of Odd Nerdrum, Stavern, Norway (summer 2008)

Professional Awards
2nd Place Award Portrait Society of America, 2011, Buckhead, Georgia.

Chairman's Choice Award, Art Renewal Center 2011

Art Renewal Center International Salon, Finalist three categories (2008, 2009)

Selected for solo show in 2010, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. 2010

Honorable Mention, "Curves" exhibition, 2010(Juror Warren Perry)

Art Renewal Center International 2nd Place Scholarship Winner (2007, 2008)

Best in Show Awards, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria: May 2008 (Juror, Brandon Fortune), and December 2008 (Juror Fritz Briggs)
Grant and Scholarships
Elizabeth Greenshields Award, 2009 and 2008
Stacey Scholarship, Museum of the Cowboy 2009 and 2008
Art Renewal Center Scholarship, 2008 and 2009

Life Drawing Student Instructor, Florence Academy of Art, (2010)

Exhibitions: United States
Father Time at Portrait Society of America, 2011.
"Classical Realism", solo exhibition, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. (2010)
Esperanza Annual Benefit, The Carnegie Institute of Washington D.C. (2010)
Solo exhibitor at Arlington Public Library, (2010)
Solo Show, NoVa Schlesinger Performance Center art gallery (2009)
Hermitage Gallery, McLean, Virginia, 2008-2009
Rosslyn Spectrum Theater Solo Exhibit, Arlington, VA (2008)
The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA (2002-2010)
Social Justice Art Show, Arlington, VA (2008)
"Art in City Hall", Alexandria, VA (2008)
Arlington Arts Alliance member shows, (2008- present)
Arlington Central Library Solo Show, Arlington, VA (2007)
"A Taste for Justice" art auction, Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2007)
Arlington County Fair, Selected Exhibitor (2006, 2008)
Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C., National Scholastics Winners (2003)

Exhibitions: International
Florence Academy Graduation 2009, exhibitor and Best Drawing of the Year Award, Florence, Italy.
"Odd Nerdrum and Students", Ragland Atelier, Stavern, Norway (2008)
"Annigoni's Legacy" Group Show Jack Barclay Bentley, Berkeley Square London (2007)
R.D.S. Dublin, Ireland Art Show (2007)
Apollo Gallery, Dublin Ireland (2007)
Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, Student Shows. (2006-08)
Cherrylane Fine Arts Group Exhibition, County Wicklow, Ireland (2007-08)


Biography from Principle Gallery
Artist Statement:

"I received my formal training in the academic ateliers of Florence, Italy. Since returning to the Washington D.C. area I have been focusing on creating a new and large body of work. My new series have taken me away from academic studies to more elaborate compositions that combine human and still life elements. In addition to this I now take on portrait commissions, and continue my studies in art by observing and copying the painting of the Old Masters in art galleries throughout the world.

My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter.  Frequently my compositions are spontaneous. When a person comes to me, they occupy a space my mind. Arrangements form from there until with excitement I see and have the idea. The design is both planned and subconscious. For this reason I surround myself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which I find fascinating- I want subject matter to always be at hand.

Recently I have also found myself to be quite a prolific painter.  I believe that coming from a very slow and methodical working method this new proficiency is not hard to anticipate given that we can all speed up with time.  The fact is though that I like to work a lot, and I have many ideas in my head that I want to get out so consequently this urge has become part of my working method.  In addition I have also become a little of a collector in antique dolls and curiosities.  I comb through the streets and the web for desirable props that inspire me and then I give them a home in the studio.  Eventually they all find their way into paintings.

My paintings are created with oil paint on canvas.  I am conscious of the traditional craftsmanship I have attained in Florence.  While my interest in new pigments and tools may cause minor alterations in my materials, these really remain fundamentally the same.  All my evolution is taking place on the canvas and in my head; in what I see in nature and interpret in two dimensions on the picture plan.  I have the fundamentals of design to work with when planning a painting. I make preparatory studies. I use multiple layers to build an illusion of light and form. When this illusion is convincing and to my taste, the painting is done. "

Biography from American Legacy Fine Arts
Classical Realist artist Teresa Oaxaca was born in California in 1987. She received her art training through some of today’s most relevant classical art academies and traditional artists. In 2005, Oaxaca traveled to Florence, Italy where she spent four years studying at the Angel Academy of Fine Art, followed by completing graduate courses at the Florence Academy of Art. In 2008, she received an apprenticeship with the celebrated Norwegian figurative artist Odd Nerdrum at his studio in Stavern, Norway. From 2010 to 2012, Oaxaca received additional instruction at the Art League of Alexandria, Virginia where she studied under classical artists, Robert Liberace and Paul Lucchesi. Recently, she spent four months touring European museums to study the works of the Old Masters.

Teresa Oaxaca uses her personal collection of Victorian and Baroque costumes, and masks and dolls as symbolic metaphors in her paintings as well as opportunities to expose unique characters that heighten the psychological aspect of a scene. Her provocative, yet opulently beautiful, paintings are capturing media attention in print publications as well as in video interviews. In an article published in the Spring 2016 issue of the California Art Club Newsletter, art writer Molly Siple commented that “Oaxaca’s current work offers the viewer a lush fantasy world of unusual paintings of subject matter in which human and still-life elements mix.”

Oaxaca explains, “Most art from past cultures used imagination and fantasy to interpret and explore aspects of the real world. Art, for me, exhibits my need for beauty and order by presenting it through a spiritual, sympathetic, and uncanny filter.” She adds, “My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty, which I often find in the unconventional. Because of this, I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter.” Oaxaca’s paintings maintain traditional craftsmanship, as she explores and utilizes new pigments, tools, and materials. Her paintings begin with preparatory sketches to address design concepts, and then, she uses multiple layers of oil paint to build an illusion of light and form.

Teresa Oaxaca currently spends her time between Florence, Italy, and Arlington, Virginia where she has her studio.

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About  Teresa Oaxaca

Born:  1988
Known for:  classical realist figure, portrait, dolls, clown and raucous genre painting