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Artist Bio

Rebekah Andrade is an abstract painter based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada, and a Graphic Design Certificate from Parsons School of Design in New York City,

In 2019, Andrade embarked on a transformative residency at Otis College of Art in Los Angeles, further expanding her creative horizons. Her innovative work has garnered attention across international borders, with exhibitions spanning Canada, the United States, and Chile. Her work has been published in Edeltraut, The Gathered Gallery, New American Painting #144.

Andrade's work was highlighted in 2018 when her work was selected for the prestigious Art with Heart auction at the AGO in Toronto, where it shared space with works by the nation's leading contemporary artists. 

Currently, Andrade dedicates herself full-time to her craft at her home studio, where she explores new techniques and pushes the boundaries of abstraction. Additionally, she imparts her knowledge and passion for art as a part-time drawing instructor, remotely,  in the art department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, nurturing the next generation of artistic talent. Rebekah Andrade's artistry is a testament to her boundless creativity and unwavering commitment to the transformative power of art.

Artist Statement

Rebekah Andrade’s practice, explores the intricate language of abstract painting, navigating through the diverse realms of expressionism, geometric abstraction, hard-edge techniques, and pattern. Drawing upon past works, personal references, and familiar forms, she embarks on a structured journey of creation, allowing the essence of each element to guide her.

Through a meticulous process involving layered paint, collage, mixed media, and experimental techniques, she aims to leave behind visible traces of her artistic evolution, inviting viewers to witness the gradual transformation of each piece. Rebekah’s interest lies in exploring the notion of what constitutes an intriguing painting and the amount of information required to captivate the viewer's attention.

She is particularly drawn to the concept of reductive painting, wherein she commences with bold, vivid strokes and gradually overs up the past layers to extract a minimalist image. This process serves as a catalyst for introspection, prompting her to investigate questions surrounding the history of representation, the boundaries of perception, and the intricate interplay of aesthetics, status, and image reproduction.

Through her work, she aspire to provide insight and clarity into our contemporary visual culture and communication trends, offering viewers a window into the complexities of the human experience.

Education

2020      Graphic Design Certificate, Parsons School of Design, New York, USA

2012      Bachelor of Fine Arts and Visual Arts, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, CAN

 

Residencies / Collaborations

2019      LA Summer Residency, Otis College of Art and Design, LA,USA  

     One-Month Digital Residency, The Gathered Gallery, CND    

2017-18 Drawing Assistant for Michael Landy, Demonstration, 

              Power Plant Gallery, Toronto, CAN

2011      Richard Jackson, Studio Work, Bob Rennie Collection,Vancouver, CAN

 

Solo/Two Person Exhibitions

2024   Fulfillment Amidst Flux, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

              Convergence: Exploring Harmonious Frequencies, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2021     Reflection on Form, East Las Vegas Library Gallery, Las Vegas, USA 

2020    Reflection on Form, Sahara West Gallery, Las Vegas, USA

              Arranged Structures, Priscilla Fowler Gallery, Las Vegas, USA 

2019     Constructed Thoughts, Gallery 1515, Vancouver, CAN

2018     Who Are You Anyways, Akin Vitrine, Toronto, CAN

              My Mothers Basement Gallery, Toronto, CAN

2017     It Was Never About You, Pop-Up Gallery Danforth, Toronto, CAN

              Layers, Borowicz Gallery, La Casa de la Ciudadanía, Santiago, CHL

2016     Calle de la Ciudad, Chileno-Alemana de Cultura (DCB), CHL

2015     El Color En Movimento, Espacio 1305, Santiago, CHL

 

Selected Group Shows

2024  

2023    Diversified III, Donna Beam Gallery, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA

2020    Summer Group Show, Priscilla Fowler Gallery, Las Vegas, USA 

2019     Collective Estivale,Youn Gallery, Montreal, CAN

               Group Show, Ignite Gallery, CAN

               Locals Only, R.Cline Arts, Las Vegas, USA

               Youn Gallery, Papier Art Fair, Montreal, CAN

2018     Get Noticed, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, CAN

              Salon VI, Patel Gallery, Toronto, CAN

              Summer School, The Assembly Gallery, Hamilton, CAN 

              Painters Make Better Lovers, Northern Contemporary, Toronto, CAN 

2017     Group Show, Sussex Contemporary, Ottawa, CAN

              A Festivus for the Rest of Us, Northern Contemporary, Toronto, CAN  

             Nuit Blanche, WHO ARE YOU, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, CAN 

             SCA’s 49th, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, CAN

             Summer Emerging Art Exhibit, Gallery 1313, Toronto, CAN

2014     Artist Project, Untapped Emerging, Better Living Centre, Toronto, CAN

 

Grants/Awards

2018      Ada Slaight Gift Grant, OCAD University, Toronto, CAN 

 

Auctions

2019     Art Affect, Spoke Club, Toronto, CAN

2018     Art with Heart, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CAN

 

Reviews/Press

2020    New American Painting, Issue #144, USA

2018     Horst und Edeltraut, GER 

              The Gathered Gallery, CAN

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