AM DeBrincat (USA)

International Artist

AM DeBrincat (USA)

International Artist

How do we create identity in the digital age?

AM DeBrincat is a Maltese-American visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work blends oil painting, digital photography, and printmaking into canvases that explore how we construct identity in an online world. Rich areas of creamy painting are juxtaposed with photographic imagery, emphasizing the way that our digital and “off-line” lives blend in our contemporary moment.

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

AM DeBrincat is a Brooklyn, New York based artist whose work merges traditions of painting, digital and analog photography, and printmaking. DeBrincat was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area at a time when the area was transforming from a counter-culture creative hub into a center of the tech industry. That push-pull between creativity and technology echoes in her work in the way that she combines digital photography with traditional painting techniques. After a brief stint as a baker’s assistant, DeBrincat received her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design and began making paintings which combine digital photographic collage with old masters’ oil painting techniques. Taking her inspiration from the pastel colors of baked confections, she builds up creamy oil paint on the canvas with brush and palette knife, applying the paint as a baker would frost a cake. These rich areas of creamy painting are juxtaposed with photographic imagery, emphasizing the way that our digital and “off-line” lives blend in our contemporary moment.

AM DeBrincat’s paintings create unique worlds where online and offline life meet and merge. Her mixed media technique combines fragments of images sourced from social media and online image searches which are xerox transfer printed onto canvas and intermingled with lush oil painting. Combining digital and analog media like pieces in a visual puzzle, DeBrincat builds paintings which explore how we create identity and sense of self in the digital age.

Education

MFA, Parsons the New School for Design, New York, New York, Visual Art
BA, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, English and Spanish
Undergraduate Studies, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Awards/Residencies

2017 Honorarium, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA USA
2013 – 2016 Long-term Studio Residency, Chashama at the Brooklyn Army Terminal NY USA
2015 Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) Residency with Fellowship
2015 Durst Foundation Grant
2015 Honorarium, Terry-Craddock Gallery, Riverviews Art Center, Lynchburg VA USA
2015 Micro Art Space Residency, Cleveland OH USA
2013 Chashama Studio Space Residency, Brooklyn Army Terminal NY USA
2013 Barbara Deming Foundation Grant
2013 The Wassaic Project Residency with Fellowship
2011-2012 Graduate Dean’s Scholarship, Parsons The New School for Design, New York USA
2010-2011 Graduate Dean’s Scholarship, Parsons The New School for Design, New York USA

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Halogen Venus, 19 Karen Gallery, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2017 Art Relief For Direct Relief, Arlo Hotels, Soho, New York USA
2017 Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm SWEDEN
2017 Hello Sunshine, Lohme Art Gallery, Malmo SWEDEN
2017 Speculative Fiction, Martin Art Gallery,Allentown PA USA
2016 Dreaming in Print, BOX 13 ArtSpace, Houston TX USA
2016 Power Moves, BAU Gallery, Beacon NY USA
2015 Double Vision, Craddock-Terry Gallery, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg VA USA
2015 Digital Interference/Analog Intervention, Vitrina Gallery, New York USA
2015 Experimental Fitness, Micro Art Space, Cleveland OH USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Parlor Gallery, Ashbury Park, NJ USA
2017 Punto de Fuga, Museo del Tequila and Mezcal, Mexico City MEXICO
2017 212 Arts, New York NY USA
2017 Parlor Gallery, Ashbury Park, NJ USA
2017 Modern Baroque, Helikon Gallery, Denver CO USA
2017 Equinozio di Primavera, Benaco Arte, Sirmione ITALY
2017 Per Aspera ad Astra, East Village pop-up, New York NY USA – curated by Cecilie Beck Kronborg
2017 Drums on Paper, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn NY USA
2017 Uprise, The Untitled Space, New York, NY USA
2017 Nasty Women, The Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens NY USA
2017 Parle-moi d’amour, Centre Wellington, Montréal CANADA
2016 Diamonds Unleashed, Art Basel, Miami FL USA
2016 Bound: Art Books and Zines, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland OH USA
2016 Coaster Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles CA USA
2016 ReMix, Galerie C.O.A., Montréal CANADA
2016 The Retrieval of the Beautiful, The Painting Center, New York NY USA
2016 Teeny Tiny Show, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA USA
2016 Ultramodern, AZART Gallery, New York NY USA
2016 Chashama: Creating Space, One World Trade Center, New York NY USA
2015 Art in a Box, The Painting Center, New York NY USA
2015 Drums on Paper, Glasshouse, Brooklyn NY USA
2015 Last GREXIT to Brooklyn, Centotto Gallery, Brooklyn NY USA
2015 Prelude, Brayer Gallery, Ventura CA USA
2015 Limited, Silence Is Accurate, New York NY USA
2015 Socha a Objekt/Sculpture & Object, Galeria Statua, Palffyho Palace, Bratislava SLOVAKIA
2014 A Wicked Problem, Elizabeth Project Space, New York NY USA
2014 Window Shopping, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn NY USA
2014 personal pronouns, VSW Gallery, Rochester NY USA
2013 Vanishing Anatomies, Chashama 461 Gallery, New York NY USA
2013 Homeward Found, The Wassaic Project, Maxon Mills, Wassaic NY USA
2013 Color Corrupted, Calico, Brooklyn NY USA
2012 Question for Revolution, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons the New School for Design, New York NY USA
2012 (RE)PURPOSE, The Kitchen, New York NY USA
2012 Dreaming on Walls, Dream Downtown Hotel, New York NY USA
2010 Aliosha Gorshok Reinterpreted, Krasnoyarsk Museum, Krasnoyarsk RUSSIA
2009 Dig, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA USA
2009 Liminal, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA USA

Curatorial Projects

2016 Self-Portraits of Other People, Galerie Wohnung, Brooklyn NY USA
2015 what might be left to say, co-curated w/ Patrick Templeton, Brooklyn NY USA
2015 Anatomy of Desire, Chashama 461 Gallery, New York NY USA
2014 Radiant Geometries, Skylight Gallery, New York NY USA
2013 Morph, co-curated w/ Jade Yumang, Fowler Project Space, Brooklyn NY USA
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