ARTIST STATEMENT

"Most of my work is composed of explicit, raw and unpleasant visuals that function as a platform to talk about explicit, raw and unpleasant concepts."  

-Palén Obesa

 

 

 

BIO

Palén Obesa [Paloma Leida Natividad Obergh Santos] is a visual artist who works and lives in the Bronx, NY. She received her BFA in painting and drawing, and minor in art history at SUNY Purchase College in 2017. Obesa was originally born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen.

 

Through her practice, Obesa has been exploring multiple themes that can be controversial, ominous or too complex to discuss. By doing so, she hopes to open wider and less biased conversations about them. Some of these topics include womanhood and what does it mean to be a female, and adultcentrism and its negative effects on children. By addressing patriotism and cultural identity, she also comments on the hybrid society of immigrants who are struggling with cultural assimilation, language acquisition and racism.

Obesa's work has been exhibited in multiple venues through New York, including the Bronx Library Center- where she hosted her first solo show,- the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, HACO NYC and Gitler_____& Gallery. 

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PALÉN OBESA

Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

Lives and works in the Bronx, NY

 

palenobesa@gmail.com

 

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EDUCATION

2017 - BFA Painting and Drawing, State University of New York at Purchase College

 

2017 - Minor Art History, State University of New York at Purchase College


 

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION

 

2019 - National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | Leadership Institute, San Antonio, TX

 

2020/21 - National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | Advocacy Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C. 

 

RESIDENCIES

2019 - Chashama Space to Connect Residency, New York, NY

 

2018 - NYC Audubon Society on Governors Island Artist Residency, NY


 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 - Bodies: a Retrospective of Interactions, Bronx Library Center - curated by Linda Caycedo, New York, NY

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2020 - Pressed Narratives - curated by Alexis Mendoza, BxArts Factory, Bronx, NY

 

2019 - 4th LATINX Art Fair: Dominican York Prints - curated by Pepe Coronado, Moses Ros and Palén Obesa, SMV Gallery, New York, NY

 

2019 - NY Latin American Art Triennial Print Salon - curated by Carlos Jesús Martínez Domínguez A.K.A FEEGZ, FIGARO & FIRO173, Boricua College Art Gallery, New York, NY

2019 - A Response to 45 - curated by Carlos Jesús Martínez Domínguez A.K.A FEEGZ, FIGARO & FIRO173, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), New York, NY

2019 - Coronado printstudio Collective Show - curated by Carlos Jesús Martínez Domínguez A.K.A FEEGZ, FIGARO & FIRO173, The East Harlem Culture Collective, New York, NY

 

2019 - Pasado y Presente: Art after the Young Lords - curated by Libertad Guerra, The Loisaida Center, New York, NY

2019 - Who Do You Say You Are? Approaches to Portraiture Then and Now - curated by Ruth Osborne, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, New York, NY

2018 - Open Studio 2019 - co-curated by Pepe Coronado and Palén Obesa, Coronado printstudio, New York, NY

2018 - 3rd LATINX Art Fair: DR/PR Collects, Supporting Dominican and Puerto Rican Artists - curated by Jose Vidal, Yelaine Rodríguez, Kiara Rodríguez and Pepe Coronado, SMV Gallery, New York, NY

2018 - Light & Shadow - curated by Yoko Suetsugu, HACO NYC, Brooklyn, NY

2018 - the way i see it - curated by Yoko Suetsugu, HACO NYC, Brooklyn, NY

2018 - repetition|singularity - co-curated by Pepe Coronado and Autumn Kioti, Gitler_____& Gallery, New York, NY

 

2017 - Painting and Drawing Senior Show - co-curated by Alex Bresalier and Victoria Ottomano, Visual Art Department at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

 

2017 - We The Senior Thesis Exhibition, Visual Art Department at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

 

2017 - Dug Up: Feeling Hungry - curated by Keisha Prioleau-Martin, Art Forum Space at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

 

2016 - SUNY Albany Student Art Show, Albany, NY

 

2016 - PAD Majors Art Exhibition, Student Services Building at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

 

2016 - The Tick-Tock, Ding-Dong, Swing-Swang and Everything Repetitive Show - curated by Hilary Doyle, Visual Art Department at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

 

2015 - Junior Studio Collective Show - curated by Sharon Horvath, Visual Art Department at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

 

2015 - Experimental Painting Class Show - curated by Cullen Washington Jr., Visual Art Department at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

 

2015 - Strictly Collaboration - curated by Kara Cox, Art Forum Space at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

 

2014 - Spring Awakening; Unseen Artists - curated by LaRonda Rose, New York, NY

 

2014 - Green Light, Teen Art Gallery, New York, NY

 

2013 - Japan Society, from Calligraphy to Manga Art Exhibition, Japan Society, New York, NY

2012-2013 - Cooper Union Outreach Program Art Exhibition, Cooper Union, New York, NY

 

2012 - Children's Aid Society, City Wide Art Exhibition, New York, NY

SHOWS CURATED

 

2019 - 4th LATINX Art Fair: Dominican York Prints - curated by Pepe Coronado, Moses Ros and Palén Obesa, SMV Gallery, New York, NY

2018 - Open Studio 2019 - co-curated by Pepe Coronado and Palén Obesa, Coronado printstudio, New York, NY

 

2016 - The Living Room, Visual Art Department at Purchase College, NY

 

2014 - Youth Tone Flamboyant, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at City College, New York, NY

 

AWARDS, HONORS AND COMMISSIONS

2020/21 - National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | Advocacy Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C. 

 

2019 - National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | Leadership Institute, San Antonio, TX

 

2017 - Commission for acrylic mural painting of approximately 120 square feet at the Rockefeller University's Children's School T-Shirt Shop, commissioned by Meghan Lockard, NY

 

2012 - Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Honorable Mention​, NY

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