I first became aware of Alessandra Maria’s artwork when she emailed me on November 1st, 2011. She only had three pieces of finished artwork on her Tumblr but from those three pieces I was more than able to tell that she was a talented individual who, at twenty years old, was well on her way to becoming one of the best artists around.
Alessandra, now 23 and a graduate of Pratt, has yet to disprove my theory. She participated (her first show ever) in the 2nd Annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational (you might have noticed her work in the ad for the show in the January 2013 issue of Juxtapoz) and recently sold out of work at Spoke Art’s SCOPE New York booth.
Alessandra describes her work as “visceral and instinctive” and from the times I have talked to her it’s apparent that these contributing factors allow her a natural exploration of art. She’s often trying new methods or experimenting with new media, her finished pieces contain traces of coffee all the way to gold leaf. Also Alessandra is looking into who she is and the world around her. She often combines her own image with the portraits she is painting, exploring the facets of “feminism and self reflection.” For me her work explores all the above but also provides a key to some locked portion of my imagination that, thanks to Alessandra, is now a readily available space to travel within. Discovering such a talented artist early on, I can only wait to see where she takes me next.
Curated by Zach Tutor of Supersonic Electronic
Follow him at @supersonicart