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Scherezade García | Dominican Republic

Born in 1966 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,
Lives and works in New York, USA.
Painting, installation, interventions in public spaces, fashion illustration and design

My work inhabits a baroque universe of different worlds of aesthetics planes. Through my art works, I become a storyteller. My visual narratives generate energy, alluding to the emotional physicality of art making; and there is the urgency of a concept to keep alive. The physical and emotional experience of drawing is essential to my art making process. Through my drawings, I create beauty with lines. The process of drawing gives rise to visual codes which lead me to spontaneous compositions and intriguing meanings at once. I work in drawing, painting, installations, artists’ books, and video animation. Through these different media, I create contemporary allegories of history, colonization, and politics.

My fascination with the social human experience since the “discovery” of America and its multifarious results is an endless source of inspiration and an essential part of my discourse. This fascination has led me to such themes as the causes and consequences of migration, the mestizo and barroquism as consequences of colonization, the inversion of traditional beliefs of salvation, and the questioning of religious and social uses of the notion of paradise. I create my allegorical narratives by appropriating and transforming symbols and objects that have included life jackets, inner tubes, suitcases, mattresses, tents, umbrellas, religious icons, and newspapers clippings.

Holder of an AAS in Fine Arts & Illustration from the Altos de Chavón School of Design of La Romana, Dominican Republic (1986) and of a BFA, cum laude, from the Parsons School of Design, New York, USA (1988).

In 2011, she completed her training with an MFA, summa cum laude, from the City College of New York.

She has several experiences of teaching, and still occupies two positions : art history lecturer at the San Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, USA and lecturer at the Parsons the New School of Design in New York, USA.

Scherezade García is fellow of the Dana Foundation (1988). She is also recipient of the Lehman College Art Gallery Grant (2005) and is chosen in the program Emerge 6 of the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art of Newark, New Jersey, USA (2004).

In 2007, she is honoured at the 8th International Conference on Women Writers of the Spanish Caribbean : on Diaspora Homecoming, at the Hostos Community College of the XUNY, and in 2012, she is selected by the IUPLR to create the image for the Fourth Biennial Conference of the Inter-University Program of Latino Research, Siglo XXI: Forging the Future of Latinos in a Time of Crisis at Dominican Studies Institute of theCUNY in New York, USA.

She is part of the print collective Dominican York Proyecto Grafica constitued of around ten Dominican artists living in the surroundings or in New York. They exhibited in New York at the City College, the Barnard College or lately at the NoMAA between 2010 and 2012.

Her last individual shows include : Invented Civilizations at La Peña, Austin, Texas, USA (2012) ; Theories of Freedom at the Humanities Gallery of the University of Long Island (2011) and at the International Visions Gallery of Washington D.C., USA (2010) ; Morir Soñando at the District & Co Gallery of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2008) ; Paradise Redefined at the Lehman College Art Gallery and Island of Many Gods at the Salena Gallery of the University of Long Island, both shows took place in 2007 in New York, USA ; Paradise : selected pieces at the Crossroads Gallery of the University of Notre Dame, USA (2006) or Souvenir at the Jersey City Museum of New Jersey, USA (2003).

Regarding her participation to collective exhibitions, her work was showcased in : This Side of Paradise within the framework of the No Longer Empty project at the Andrew Freedman House in New York, USA (2012) ; Loosely Coupled in Governor’s Island, USA ; About Change at the HQ of the World Bank in Washington D.C., USa and the travelling show Manifestaciones, Printmaking Portfolio (2010-2011) ; On paper at the Abro Gallery of Miami, USA (2010) ; Back to Back / Face to Face, Art of Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the Haitian Embassy in Washington D.C., USA (2009) ; The Labyrinth Wall at Exit Art, New York, USA (2009) ; In Response: Summer Project at Wave Hill, Glyndor Gallery in the Bronx, NY, USA (2008) ; Away, femmes diaspora, créativité et dialogue interculturel at the UNESCO in Paris, France (2007) ; This Skin I am In and Merengue: Visual Rhythms at the Museo del Barrio in New York, USA (2006) ; ¡Dominicanazo! at the Samson Projects of Boston, USA (2004) ; Emerge 6 at Aljira in Newark, USA (2005) and The Black Atlantic at the Haus der Kulture der Welt in Berlin, Germany (2004).

Scherezade García participated in the Havana Biennial with Paraíso (2000) – that she also got presented in the 4th Caribbean Biennial (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2001) altogether with Dios, Patria y Libertad. She is invited to the 2d Trienal Poli/grafica of San Juan, Porto Rico (2004) and to the biennial of the Museo del Barrio The (S) Files (2001).

Scherezade García’s artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions :

Museo del Barrio in New York ; Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington DC ; Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven – Connecticut ; Museo de Arte Moderno of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ; private Dominican collections such as the Barceló Public Collection, Carmen Rita Perez, Fundación Centro de Arte Nouveau, Cariforo Institute, Leonora Vega, but also the Dominican consulate in Haiti, or the Venezuelian collection Marisela & Juan Silva in Caracas ; and the Spanish Joan Guaita in Palma de Mallorca.

Artworks by the artist

Scherezade García | Formerly Rich

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Scherezade García | Paradise Redefined

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Scherezade García | Invented Civilizations

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