Efrain de Jesús: Paintings, Works on Paper, Constructions

About the Artist


My earliest mature paintings are organic abstractions, but recognizable subjects found their way into my art by the late 1980s, followed more recently by suggestions of narrative. I made my first small constructions in 1986, as reminiscences of my mother's involvement with Santeria, and these have continued to be an alternative way of working and thinking for me.

Since 2009, when I began to visit Vermont in the summer, my art has focused on bringing my urban self and memories to this less familiar and almost-too-splendid natural world. In Vermont I'm drawn to the landscape and everything in it—storms, fog, creatures, and mountains. At home in the Bronx, I'm inspired by my visits to the woods of Van Cortlandt Park. What I'm searching for lies between two poles: the ordinary, sometimes raw, memories and impressions from my own experience, and the mystery of nature.


The artist, who was born in Puerto Rico, was raised from the age of five in New York City. After serving in Vietnam, he attended Brooklyn College and received an MFA from Pratt Institute in 1979. He was a participant in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was awarded studio space at P.S. 1 in Long Island City in 1978 and 1979.

Efrain de Jesús has shown at numerous galleries in the New York metropolitan area and had one man shows at the Cayman, Kenkeleba, and Ben Shahn Galleries.

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