Estefania Velez Rodriguez
Estefania Velez Rodriguez is an American artist born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (1985). As a dual tongued individual, she utilizes the symbolic language of painting as a bridge between many cultures and spaces. Her work often uses abstracted landscapes as well as non-objective visual spaces that are somewhat open field and bright. Her landscapes meander and distort physical spaces like mazes which are meant to be misleading. Utilizing chemical reactions within painting, Estefania experiments with raw pigments, spray materials, oil mediums, and acrylic polymers. Her painting language ruptures visual spaces to open the viewers receptivity to fleeting spaces, times, and emotional presence.
Estefania Velez Rodriguez lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a MFA in painting from Brooklyn College in 2017. Estefania, is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, Rutgers Newark, Montclair State, and Brooklyn College. She is represented by Praxis Gallery in New York City. Selected recent solo exhibitions include: Small Rocks Tagged, Lipany Gallery, Fordham University New York, NY (2023); Time is probably an illusion, Praxis Gallery, New York, NY (2021); False Catalog, Auxiliary Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2019). Selected group exhibitions include: Unstructured Play, Below Grand, New York, NY (2023); Pratt Faculty Show, Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2022); Diasporic State of Mind, Praxis Gallery, New York, NY (2022); Like Apples and Knives, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA (2021); Seeing Through The Spectrum, University Of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK (2019); Now or Never Series, Edda Jakab Studio Gallery VSC, Johnson, VT (2019); and more. Her work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail (NY), Artnet (NY), and Revista Marvin in Mexico City (CDMX). She has a public mural project with the Arts and Cultural Grant of New York and Norte Maar organization, and is a recipient of a NYFA artist grant (2020).