Franceska Schifrin is a well-travelled, prolific and internationally acclaimed contemporary artist. Having painted across numerous global locations including Morocco, Cuba, Spain, Uganda, Haiti, Guatemala, Bosnia, Mexico, Jamaica, Croatia, The Dominican Republic and France, the artist’s body of work has been well-fetched by the foreign audience. She has been awarded the California Arts Council Fellowship and Getty Grant during her creative sojourn in Central Africa. The artist has exhibited in over 35 museums and galleries spread across the globe.
Geography holds a significant place in the artist’s works, while space and place are a significant essence. Socio-political transformations and occurrences have been one of the triggering factors that initiate an activist play in his representations. The painting career with an interest in travel began in 1979 during her journey to Mexico with her father. The impact of war atrocities, the repression and the traumas were major reasons towards developing a novel visual language.
The figurative and expressionist manner of painting helps articulate the emotive charge of the subject in the artist’s paintings. The painterly approach in Schifrin’s work stands out in our time due to its contemporary subjects and uncomplicated portrayal. The horror of war could be sensed in the artist’s work, especially in her past body of work. The artist is currently engaged with the depiction of mysterious Moroccan life, the subtleties of Haiti, and the nuances of Cuba.
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