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Barbara Aliza

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SF Art Institute, 2008
College of Marin, 2005
UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)

Representing galleries



Artist Statement:

My work explores the complexity of surface, the beauty of imperfection and, ultimately, survival.

Inspired by nature’s ability to re-assert and transform itself to survive – nature is used as a metaphor for our own individual survival. My current body of work includes three series of paintings. Earth Abides focuses directly on our planet and its enduring efforts to exist. Provenance  andTransformation, emphasize the transitory and impermanent essence of nature - a transition from one state to another – again, an affirmation of our individual survival.

Transformation: Water, the most recent series, symbolizes both psychological and physical transformation.  Water is both life sustaining and destructive; represents both birth and death, and transforms by both giving and taking away. 

Brief Resume

Arts Education

2007 - 2008: San Francisco Art Institute (Painting)

2003 - 2004 College of Marin (Drawing and Painting)

1962 – 1967 UCLA (BA) (Psychology and Drawing)


My work is in private collections throughout the Bay Area and in Boston and Phoenix. I currently exhibit on an ongoing basis at the AGS and Eminent Design galleries in Sonoma.

Juried and Invitational Exhibitions:

2015          ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, Fire and Water Exhibit, Juror Donna Seager

                  Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, June, Barrels of Hope Exhibit

                  Sebastopol Ctr for the Art, Wetlands Exhibit (Best of show) Juror: Chester Arnold

                  Arts Guild Gallery, Sonoma

2014          Group Holiday Show through December 2013 thru January 18, 2014

2013          Solo Show, Joyce Gordon Gallery – November

                  Semi Finalist, Rush Philanthropic and Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series – October

                  AGS Gallery – Repo Art Show – March

2012          Joyce Gordon Gallery, Group Show – Line, May

                  AGS Gallery (Sonoma) – Repo Art Show – March

                   Showcase Winner – Artslant, San Franscisco

2011          AGS Gallery (Sonoma) – Repo Art Show – March

                   Group Show: Joyce Gordon Gallery (Oakland)

2010          Joyce Gordon Gallery, Anniversary Show - October

                  Spire (San Francisco) – August thru October

                  Café LaHaye (Sonoma) – August thru October

                   Solo Show: 142 Throckmorton (Mill Valley)  – April

                   AGS Gallery (Sonoma) – Repo Art Show – March

                   Joyce Gordon Gallery (Oakland) – All Women Group Show – Feb – March

2009          X-Power Gallery, Beverly Hills - 2009 International Art Competition

                  AGS Gallery (Sonoma) - Repo Art

                  Joyce Gordon Gallery (Oakland)- Intersectionality of Sisters

                  Gallery Route One (Pt. Reyes) Annual Juried Exhibition

                  Napa Valley Mustard Festival (St. Helena) – 16th Annual Visual Art Competition

2008          Tiburon Arts Festival (Tiburon)

                  Napa Valley Mustard Festival (St. Helena) -15th Annual Visual Art Competition

2007          Sonoma Valley Art Museum Biennial Juried Competition (Sonoma)

                   Sonoma Salute to the Arts Competition (Sonoma)

2006          Los Gatos Art Museum (Los Gatos) - Annual Juried Competition

                  Sonoma Salute to the Arts Show (Sonoma)

2005          Sonoma Valley Art Museum Biennial Juried Competition (Sonoma)


Awards:          2012 ArtSlant Showcase Winner – January

            2009 Honorable Mention Spring Competition,

            2007 Competitive Grant Award, San Francisco Art Institute



Recent Exhibits

Barbara Aliza participated in these exhibits:

The Studio Door
Jan, 2016 Gallery Route One’s 31st annual Juried Show 2016 “AQUA”
Gallery Route One
Sep, 2015 Fire and Water
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Nov, 2013 Solo Show: Transformation: the Art of survival
Joyce Gordon Gallery
Aug, 2010 Solo Show
Cafe La Haye
Apr, 2010 Earth Abides
142 Throckmorton Theatre
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