FACETIME at Bendheim Gallery
“Capturing Waveny” at Carriage Barn Arts Center
Annual members show NHP&CC
Annual members show Carriage Barn Arts Center
117th Annual Juried Art Show from New Haven Paint & Clay Club (New Haven, CT)
“Waveny: then and now” New Canaan Historical Society (New Canaan, CT)
116th Annual Juried Art Show from New Haven Paint & Clay Club (New Haven, CT)
“Member’s Show” New Haven Paint and Clay Club (New Haven, CT)
Carriage Barn Arts Center Member’s show (New Canaan, CT)
New Haven Paint & Clay Club member's show (New Haven, CT)
Rowayton Arts Center - Focus under 40 (Rowayton, CT)
New Haven Paint & Clay Club 115th Annual Juried Show (New Haven, CT)
Stamford Symphony - Flamenco show)
Alfonsina is a multi-faceted artist and story-teller. Her creative expression encompasses a variety of mediums including painting, writing, photography, cooking and event planning. Whatever the medium, her goal is always the same: to engage the audience in a variety of sensorial experiences that connect and enrich our human reality.
Alfonsina is based in Norwalk, CT. Originally from Venezuela (b. 1976), she holds a BA in Visual Arts (summa cum laude) from Pine Manor College. She started painting at a very young age receiving private instruction in portraiture with two prominent painters in Caracas. She has attended numerous workshops with prominent masters such as Antonio Lopez Garcia (Spain), Steven Assael, Jeremy Lipking, Hollis Dunlap and Mary Ellen Mark among others.
Every art expression starts with a careful observation of the world, its characters and what makes us vulnerable as human beings. Alfonsina spends time with her subjects, getting to know them deeply and understanding the way they change with the pass of time and interactions with the artist.
As a realist painter and photographer, Alfonsina has earned different awards and has exhibited her work in New England while being part of different collections around the world. She also developed several documentaries. As a writer, she just finished her first novel (literary fiction) that is in the process of editing. She also wrote a non-fiction book “Found by Love.”
She serves on the board of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club ad is a member of the Carriage Barn Arts Center and the Romance Writers of America.
As an artist, I cannot escape the desire to delight in the beauty that surrounds me, not only the obvious one, but the one that hides behind contained eyes, in expressive hands, in those stories that cannot be expressed with words, in a pot of feelings that boils beneath the surface. I approach art as a careful and meditative observer and I use it to tell the stories that I start unveiling in the time I spend with my subjects, always with curiosity and kindness towards them.
I look for presence in my work, each image representing not a fleeting moment but a representation of somebody’s existence, as if they had stayed there for hours, years, many lives. Capturing their essence, the spirit, what lasts.
I enjoy the physical quality of paint to narrate those stories. My images are full of chroma, texture and light, moving oil paints with both freshness and impact. Often, each layer of the painting reveals a different quality of my subject, and also a change of my perception of them. My goal is to express beauty, not only physical but spiritual and inspire the viewer by evoking sensory experiences, feelings and thoughts that connect them to the most common aspects of our humanity.