[lives & works - Austin, TX ::: b. 1987 – Stamford, CT]
MARCELLA COLAVECCHIO is an Austin based artist known for her vibrant enthusiasm for color, which is manifested in her figurative work. Marcella inserts herself in art historical iconographies that have fascinated her since childhood, and which, due to her biological sex, hold conflicting connotations of ostracism and admiration. By recreating these in her own image, she removes the barriers to her inclusion. In doing so, she is able to explore gender roles, and how it has been shared by patriarchal, societal, and cultural ideals of femininity.
Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Marcella studied at Lyme Academy of Fine Art and has worked in technology, writing, and consulting before moving to Austin in 2018 to pursue her own art practice. Marcella’s interest in art began in childhood, inspired by her artist father, whose artistic ability was not encouraged in post-WWII Italy. Consequently, her perception of art is defined by the belief that it must transform and challenge both herself and society.
In 2018, Marcella took a year-long residency in Bee Cave, Texas. The work created during this residency has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Austin, along with her first solo exhibition in 2019. In August of 2020, Marcella's work was selected to be part of the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery’s 24th Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS International Juried Exhibition in New Orleans, LA. Her work has also been featured in online and print publications, most recently, Issue 18 of Almost Real Things Magazine entitled “Surreal // So Real” in August of 2020.
The artist says of her work...
I am a contemporary figurative artist working in acrylic and classical drawing medium. My work, which often depicts nudes, explores gender oppression; the dismantling of “traditional” roles of men and women, re-defining it, and using those concepts to elevate my subjects as vessels of power.
I attempt a presentation of the figure that does not separate the sensual and beautiful from the bold and meaningful. Power is a great tool – it can move people, challenge attitudes, and inspire action and devotion. By juxtaposing figuration with a bold narrative context, I suggest the necessity of societal transformation.
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2009 University of Connecticut, Bachelors of Science, Stamford, CT
2005 Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Human Anatomy and Figure Drawing, Old Lyme, CT
2021 Censored, Roaring Artist Gallery, Houston, TX
2019 Irreversible Psychosis, Contracommon Gallery, Bee Cave, TX
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 Powerful Little Things, Roaring Artist Gallery, Houston, TX
Too Poor For Canopy, 906 Chote, Austin, TX
The Politically Incorrect Art Show, Something Cool Studios, Austin, TX
WHO ARE YOU?, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Hear Us ROAR! Exhibition, Roaring Artist Gallery, Houston, TX
24th Annual No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Pushnami SXSW Party, Key Bar - Austin, TX
March Block Party ATX, The Container Bar - Austin, TX
February Block Party ATX, The Container Bar - Austin, TX
2019 International Group Show, RedArtBox Main Gallery - Hawaii, USA
Heatwave, Contracommon Gallery - Bee Cave, TX
Live on the Horizon - Dripping Springs, TX
Primer, Contracommon Gallery - Bee Cave, TX
Raw Artists: Reflect, Emo’s - Austin, TX
2018 Riot at the Amadeus, Amadeus Piano Company - Stamford, CT
2012 Spectrum, Carriage Barns Art Center - New Canaan, CT
2005 Senior Art Exhibition - Class of 2005, Stamford High School - Stamford, CT