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statement

Through art, I embrace the absurdity of being thrown into existence as conscious living creatures. We did not consent to come into existence, and any reason for life remains a mystery. Within the chaos of existential dread, I encountered consolation in creating my own purpose – continuous growth. We can choose to live intentionally so that we can die feeling grateful. The practice of painting allows me to keep learning every day. Human interactions, ranging from our relationships with our own subconscious to relationships with each other, fascinate me. The compositions in my paintings originate from an analysis of moments in my life that I’ve had the hardest time processing. Diving into cultural idioms, stories, and philosophical texts, I wrestle with the feelings that keep me up at night.

bio

Stefania is a Brooklyn-based oil painter. Born in Brazil to a Brazilian mother and a Dutch father, Stefania has spent a third of her life in each of Brazil, the Netherlands, and the U.S. Following a master’s degree in Philosophy of Law in the Netherlands, Stefania came to the US on a Fulbright Scholarship to study law in 2007. She initially attended live figure drawing sessions to escape daily life. Stefania started oil painting in 2019 and found that she increasingly wanted to paint. After thirteen years in legal private practice, Stefania transitioned into a full-time artist. This year, she earned an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art, where she received the Academy Scholar Award, the Henry Buhl Patrons Scholar Award, and a commencement award from the Bonnie De-Witt Fund. In the past few years, Stefania has shown her work at several artist-owned galleries in New York City.

​group shows

  • May 2023 – MFA Thesis Show, New York Academy of Art, NY

  • February 2023 – The Living Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • December 2022 - Synergy Art Fair, Miami, FL

  • August 2022 – The Living Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • April 2022 – New York Academy of Art during Tribeca Ball, New York, NY

  • April 2022 – Local Project Art Space, Queens, NY

  • February 2022 – Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

  • February 2021 – Local Project Art Space, Queens, NY

  • September 2020 – LOCOCO Coffeeshop, Brooklyn, NY

  • June 2020 – Virtual Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • January 18, 2020 – Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • January 11, 2020 – BK Artist Social, Brooklyn, NY

  • November 11, 2019 – BK Artist Social, Holo, Brooklyn, NY

  • November 5, 2019 – Ovation Raw Artists at Melrose Ballroom, Queens, NY

  • September 27, 2019 – Art Battle Brooklyn, NY

  • September 21, 2019 – The Living Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • September 14, 2019 – Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • August 14, 2019 – Arise Raw Artists at Highline Ballroom, New York, NY

  • June 1, 2019 – Salon Show Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • October 27, 2018 – Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • October 13, 2018 – Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • June 2, 2018 – Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • April 21, 2018 – Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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