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EXHIBITIONS & GRANTS

2022
Laboratorio KH Rome, Italy 
La Nuova Pesa Rome, Italy 
Arte in Costruzione Grant, Rome, Italy
Curva Pura (duo exhibiton), Rome, Italy
2021
Piazze Romane Grant, Rome, Italy 
Povos Chicago, Illinois 
2020
Palazzo Ducale Genova, Italy
2018
Nocturnal Pop Montclair, New Jersey
LINM Jersey City, New Jersey
2017
Can-O-Paint New Brunswick, New Jersey
2015
Industry City Brooklyn, New York
Los Perros Locos New York, New York
2013
Art Kitchen Newark, New Jersey


Alexandra Fongaro was born in New Jersey in 1993. She uses painting to explore the world, where fragments of body and nature become the vocabulary. Her work is concerned with how a painting relates to and occupies space in reality, and how that memory translates digitally. She currently lives and works in Rome.

Photo: Sara Galleta
 

B I O G R A P H Y 

STATEMENT

I do not actively pursue subjects, the muses make themselves apparent to me, in my dreams and my reality. They may be unable to distinguish 
these realms and exist in between in the context of a painting. I am a medium in which they guide and my experiences and desires lend themselves to what they wish to communicate. They are concerned with fragments and my perception fixes itself on a single point: a hip, a flower, a tile and often matter ceases to exist 
past these points- there is a void, uncertainty, or world that exists outside the painted subject.

I explore the translation and symbiosis of traditional media into digital media in my work, by establishing a common ground of visual stimulus, yet relying on their inherent differences to create two unique experiences: the analog and digital. Movement is the unifying motif that guides this exploration. It may present  itself through the discovery of a collection of movements specified in time, through frames or animation, or the transformative experience of the viewer moving  around the work itself. Even when creating two dimensional works, the application of the paint and how its quality changes, by moving physically around it as the viewer, is always considered.
 
The work is an extension of, and inspired by, the “unfinished” and the “unsaid” of both the European traditions of painting and abstraction. I compose my paintings with exaggeration, embellished by the 
void or negative space they are often situated in. This serves as a reminder of the material quality of the work and an invitation for the viewer to fill the space with their own projected images. Controlling or creating this figurative aspect, as well as abandoning it, plays a significant role in the work, as the techniques implored with watercolor and oil, mimic this in the moments of tight, “real” representation versus the chance of allowing watercolor to flow or oil paint to smudge in 
moments of trust between artist and media.