Special Edition: Berlin Art Week - Jacqueline Sferra Rada
Jacqueline Sferra Rada, City Clouds Series #3, pastel on paper, 28 x 22 in.
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Jacqueline Sferra Rada’s work is inspired by nature and/or the nuances of atmospheric changes. Her media includes acrylic glaze on gessoed paper and pastel on paper. The sparse style and subtle tones of each work reflect her deep bond to the vastness and simplicity of nature which she translates from the purely material to the realm of the transcendental with a layering of transparent tones. Her subject matter can be seen as a diary of locations visited which conveys both a nostalgic memory of the simplicity and restorative effects of nature which have become increasingly overlooked in lieu of technology and as a future documentary comparison of the marring effects of industry and commerce cumulatively has on the landscape.
A native of New York, she lives and works in both Manhattan and Long Island. She has spent much time summering on Long Island beaches and escaping to the solitude of those same beaches for Fall and Winter retreats. Sferra Rada began her formal art studies after graduation from high school at The Brooklyn Museum Art School and then received a B.A. in Fine Arts cum laude from Hunter College, NYC. In 1990, she was selected to participate in the Master Painting Program IV at Long Island University/Southampton campus. In September 2000 she was a participant in the A.I.R. program at the Nantucket School of Art & Design in Massachusetts.
Notable among her exhibitions are the Albright-Knox Members Gallery in Buffalo, NY which selected her work for two consecutive years for the annual New York Artists exhibition and the Birmingham Museum of Art. Two works were selected by each of the last three curators of the annual NYU Small Works Show. Sferra Rada exhibits regularly in the NYC area and her work is in many private collections. She maintains a studio in SoHo and is active in the NYC art community where she Chaired The Friends of the Hunter College Art Galleries for 7 years and is a board member of both Artists Talk on Art, an ongoing weekly panel discussion, and The Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, an organization founded in 1940.