Episode 56 features Painter/Sculptor Ana Benaroya. She is an artist born in New York City, raised in New Jersey. Ana graduated with her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 2019. From a queer perspective, Benaroya’s work explores notions of power and desire by exaggerating and distorting the human body, playing with its form and its relationship to other bodies. She draws from the visual languages of comics, caricature, and pop culture and is influenced by images of bodybuilders, cartoons, gig-posters, and artists such as Tom of Finland, Robert Colescott, the Chicago Imagists as well as children’s artwork. Benaroya’s solo show, “The Softest Place on Earth” opened in NYC at Ross + Kramer Gallery in November 2020 and she has an upcoming solo with Carl Kostyal in London opening April 2021.

Artist website http://www.anabenaroya.com/

Ross + Kramer Gallery https://rkgallery.com/exhibitions/the-softest-place-on-earth

Juxtapoz Magazine https://www.juxtapoz.com/news/magazine/features/ana-benaroya-poetic-justice/

Carl Kostyal Gallery https://www.kostyal.com/

Art Maze Mag https://artmazemag.com/excess-and-extraness-talking-subversive-humour-and-macho-bodies-with-ana-benaroya/

The Creative Independent https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/visual-artist-ana-benaroya-on-allowing-for-the-unexpected/

New American Paintings https://www.newamericanpaintings.com/artists/ana-benaroya

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Acrylic and oil paint on canvas
20” x 24”
A favorite painting ~ Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Watts’
Claire de Lune
India ink and marker on Arches paper
22” x 30”
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Baby Where You Are
Acrylic, spray paint, and oil paint on canvas
47” x 39”
A favorite painting ~ Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Watts’