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Krista Svalbonas
Jersey City, New Jersey

Art Institute of New York, Assistant Professor

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I make art that explores the urban landscape. The urban landscape could be described as hard and opaque with spaces that are ill-defined, neither deep nor wide, offering a psychological sense of control and homogeny. In my work, I explore these ill-defined spaces, the desert physiography, and the homogenous infrastructure of humanity. The architectural modernist aesthetic of straight edges and no trim are echoed in my paintings. Cracks in the pavement, patterns in windows and fractured views of buildings all manifest themselves in my work. I am fascinated with the architecture of the city landscape, its tiny spaces, its overlapping structure and its constant rebirth. My work is built up in layers of wax and pigment, one layer often obscuring or concealing another. Each piece begins in a very controlled fashion, meticulously combining layers of wax and pigment in a process that could liken itself to the continual excavation and renovation of the urban landscape.


born: 1977, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania


SUNY New Paltz, MFA, 2005
Syracuse University, BFA, 2000

selected awards/honors

The Cooper Union Artist Residency 2012
Vermont Studio Center Residency 2011

selected solo or two-person exhibits

The Dairy Center for the Arts: solo show TBA, Denver, CO, 2013
Firehouse Gallery Rogue Community College: Phenomenology of Place, Grants Pass, OR, 2013
Monterey Peninsula Art Gallery: Substance and Shadow, Monterey, CA, 2012
Gravy Studio and Gallery: Penumbra Installation, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

selected group shows

The Cooper Union: Transparencies, AIR, New York, NY, 2012
The Painting Center: Natural and Constructed Spaces, New York, NY, 2012
Brooklyn Artist Space: Wax, New York, NY, 2012
Valmiera Museum of Art: Our Fatherland Latvia, Latvia, Europe, 2008



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