May I Introduce Alyssa Monks?

30 Apr 2011
Window II by Alyssa Monks, oil painting, 2011, 48 x 36.
Window II by Alyssa Monks, oil painting, 2011, 48 x 36.

Alyssa Monks: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Born 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.

During 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.

Monks' 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."

Monks' 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 Fischl.

Monks 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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