Roxa Smith was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She came to the US in her teens and attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she earned a degree in Art History and German with a minor in Visual Arts in 1984. She later received a Graduate Certificate in the Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1987.
In California, she was an active participant of a group of 'plein-air' painters led by Lundy Siegrist and Terry St. John, one of the original Bay Area 'plein air' painters of the 1970s. Being part of this group cemented her love for painting and in particularly at that point in landscape painting, which she focused on until she moved to New York City in 1991.
In the 1990s, New York City was not the visually beautiful city it is today. Not inspired to paint the landscape of this gray and grimy city, Roxa turned to painting people's interiors, which were full of life and color. Over the course of years, Roxa worked on a variety of other subject matter such as Animals in Interiors, Mindscapes and Toys and Robots. However, Roxa's love for interpreting every day contemporary life has always anchored her art making. She has also explored paper collage using the themes chairs and bicycles and has completed a series of Cityscapes. Since the pandemic, Roxa has returned to re-interpreting contemporary indoor scenes focusing in particular on plants and chairs. Her colorful paintings have evolved into familiar and idiosyncratic reconsiderations of space where patterns and details reign supreme.
Roxa has received a range of awards, residencies, and fellowships. Most recently in 2022, she was awarded artist of the week in the online magazine: Epicenter-NYC. In 2021, she received the The Walter J. and Anna H. Burchan Trust Memorial Prize at the 86th Annual Juried Art Exhibition in Cooperstown, NY. That same year, she was awarded an Artist Grant by the Vermont Studio Center. In 2017, Roxa was a finalist for a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Arts and Design commission (Brooklyn, New York.) In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)-Basil Alkazi Fellowship at the Sheldon Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2012, Roxa received a Fellowship in Painting from NYFA a year after receiving a grant to attend NYFA&amp;rsquo;s Boot camp: Artist as an Entrepreneur program in 2011.
She has been published in many magazines and newspapers such as Interlocutor magazine (2022), Viceversa magazine (2022 and 2019), New American Paintings (2012), Studio Visit Magazine (2022 and 2011), Artspace magazine (2019), the NYFA Newsletter Artspire (2012), New York Times, Connecticut and Westchester section (2015) and HuffPost (2012).
Roxa is represented by C24Gallery, Chelsea, NY.
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