|Window II by Alyssa Monks, oil painting, 2011, 48 x 36.
Alyssa Monks: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
1977 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Alyssa Monks began oil painting when
she was just a child. Later, when she embarked on her academic career, she chose
to study at The New School in New York and Montclair State University, and
earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1999.
this time, she studied painting at Lorenzo de'Medici, in Florence. She went on
to earn her M.F.A from the New York Academy of Art in 2001. She completed an
artist in residency at Fullerton College in 2006 and has lectured at
universities and institutions nationwide. She has taught Flesh Painting at the
New York Academy of Art, as well as Montclair State University and the Lyme
Academy College of Fine Arts.
paintings explore the tension between abstraction and realism, using different
filters to visually distort and disintegrate the wholeness that is often taken
for granted when discussing and evaluating the human body. "Realism and
abstraction are in a symbiotic relationship," the artist says. "They
need each other to exist and eventually become the same."
paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions
including "Intimacy" at the Kunst Museum in Ahlen, Germany and
"Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820-2009" at the National
Academy Museum of Fine Arts, New York. Her work is represented in public and
private collections, including the Savannah College of Arts, the Somerset Art
Association, and the collections of Howard Tullman, Danielle Steele and Eric
has been awarded the Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation Grant for Painting three
times and is a member of the New York Academy of Art's Board of Trustees. She
is currently represented by David Klein Gallery, in Birmingham, Michigan. Monks
currently lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York. For more information about
Monks, visit her website.
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