Joan Mitchell Center

Roberto Jamora

Painter
September 11 – December 1
Sunnyside, NY
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"I was born in 1987 in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I currently live in Queens and work in Brooklyn. I have a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MFA in Visual Arts from Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY). I was an Emerging Artist-Teacher Fellow at Joan Mitchell Foundation and taught at Purchase College, SUNY. I was a 2014 NY Emerging Artist Grant Nominee at the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. I was the recipient of the Minority Graduate Fellowship, SUNY Graduate Fellowship, and Merit Scholarship to attend Purchase College, SUNY. Previously, I have participated in artist residencies at Ragdale and Sambalikhaan. My work has recently been included in exhibitions at Scott Charmin Gallery, Fouladi Projects, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, and ArtHelix. I have an upcoming solo exhibition at Shockoe Artspace in Richmond, VA which opens in June 2017.

I am fascinated by personal narrative, competition, patterns in movement, rules, regulations, strategy, and the conditions needed to succeed in basketball amongst other things. I love the unscripted drama and possibilities in art and sports. The studio is like an arena for me to make sense of my own experience with ambition and transition. The language in my paintings is inspired by the aesthetics and movement of people basketball. For example, Phil Jackson’s “Triangle Offense” is translated into abstraction to echo the offense’s underlying content: each decision leads to an infinite number of others. In the “passing memory” series, I attempt to commit important events in my life to memory via painting. Each gradient is a vignette of an experience or place. I meditate over photos I’ve taken/have been tagged in on social media. I also mine color purely from memory. In this series, a painting is a commemoration. Cold wax and oil paint are swiped across the canvas to conceal extraneous possibilities and to limit sentimentality. A thin trace of landscape is revealed. Days at the beach, climbing a mountain with a lover, my parents’ backyard. Color triggers these recollections. Sometimes the colors reference skin tones, sports teams, and concrete."

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Recap

Recap

2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 inches

Running suicide drills

Running suicide drills

2016, pastel, pencil, and charcoal on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches

Optimistically filling out my NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament Bracket like I do every year

Optimistically filling out my NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament Bracket like I do every year

2015, screenprint on paper (edition of 5), 22 x 30 inches

1-3-1 Zone Defense

1-3-1 Zone Defense

2013, oil on masonite, 18 x 24 inches

In transition

In transition

2016, oil and beeswax on canvas, 36 x 42 inches

Life’s a beach, I’m out of reach

Life’s a beach, I’m out of reach

2015, oil and beeswax on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Vitae

Vitae

2015, oil, beeswax, and acrylic on canvas, 56 x 42 inches

Ends Meet II

Ends Meet II

2016, oil and beeswax on canvas, 36 x 48 inches