Body positive artwork by Queens-based painter Elisa Valenti

Artist Elisa Valenti describes having grown up “in a time before being plus size was normal” and how that had a profound effect on her. So many women can relate to the idea of never having seen someone who looks like them in pop culture or mainstream media and the feelings of self-doubt or otherness that are often associated with it. So she paints what she wishes she had seen back then, depicting women in ordinary scenes of life. She is a skilled painter with a demonstrated ability to balance the skin-toned hues of her figures with either lush and vibrant or more neutral colors in the background. Yet, you’ll find the most beauty from her work in the realness of each body and of each woman, and in turn you may be inspired to look for (and perhaps discover) that same unassuming confidence reflected in yourself. 

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Painting works that she has such a strong emotional connection to hasn’t come without its challenges. “It took many years for me to muster the courage to put my work down...I have battled with the limiting fear of perfection. I have left many paintings unfinished because I didn’t feel they were worthy or I feared ruining them” she admits. But she has persisted and has an ambitious body of work to show for it. What was at first a feverish desire to complete paintings quickly in order to see them fully realized has since been slowed down to a more methodical process of working a little and then stepping back to contemplate. Elisa often works on two paintings at once to allow this to happen more fluidly. When she is taking a break with one work, she can go back to a second one with fresh eyes. This adjustment allows her to be present in her creative practice, enjoy each painting as it develops, and push past blocks to creative breakthroughs.

How does she define beauty considering that it plays such an integral role in her paintings? “Beauty is the personification of humble confidence and selfless courage.” This is what she has spent years working through and exactly the vibe that she has cultivated in her recent series of paintings.

Elisa Valenti Artist Statement

I grew up in a time when eating in public was shameful, stomach rolls made you unworthy, and shopping for clothes was traumatic. I grew up before being plus size was normal.

My work reflects the images I wish I had seen—beautiful, luscious women doing ordinary things, just like everybody else. They are a reflection of my own battle with body image and my journey to mental health.

If you’ve ever been made to feel insignificant, I hope they inspire you to own your image of yourself and never give that power to someone else.

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Her Story

Elisa Rosa Valenti, whose brand is Elisa Valenti Studio, is an unapologetically body-positive and contemporary figurative artist living and working in Queens, New York.

Her work evokes a very personal interpretation of beauty, strength, and vulnerability. Through a combination of drawing or painting from models and staged photographs, her full-figured women come to life on the canvas. The varying flesh tones used in her signature variation on cubism make each figure seem as if it could be any woman and indeed many of her viewers see themselves in her work.

Elisa is a self-taught painter. She studied fine arts and art history at the High School of Art & Design and holds her Doctorate of Pharmacy from St. John's University. She has been featured by Create! Magazine, Canvas and Crumpets, and OprahComplex and she previously exhibited with Superfine Fair in New York. 

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PxP Co-founders invited for a live interview with Matrons & Mistresses

Earlier this year, we connected with Lizzie Cheatham McNairy who is the founder of Matrons & Mistresses. M&M is a digital publication which speaks to the power of art to shift one’s perspective and touch one’s heart… a platform which shines light on the incredible women who shape the arts… and a community where there are far more questions than answers and people are encouraged to come as themselves. After hearing about and reading our latest book The Complete Smartist Guide, she was kind enough to invite us to do a live talk and interview with her about it. We’re so excited to have the opportunity to chat about this book together, which we have not done since it launched back in August!

If you’d like to join us next Thursday, July 15th at 7pm EST, please register for free here. Thanks and we look forward to connecting with you!

-Alicia (& Kat)

Alicia Puig honored with Latina Leaders Award 2020-2021

Alicia was one of 12 recipients of the Latina Leaders Awards 2020-2021 given by Latinasinbusiness.us

Learn more about the award, the other honorees, and the ceremony that occurred on June 10th to celebrate the winners. 

PxP Contemporary featured in Divide Magazine

Alicia was interviewed about the gallery in the second issue of Divide Magazine, an independent contemporary arts publication.

Pictured artwork by Betsy Enzensberger.

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Curator's Picks of Faces & Figures II!

Thanks to Ziquita Riberdy of Divide Magazine for selecting our next round of Curator's Picks from our current exhibition "Faces & Figures II". Learn more about the reasoning behind the selections below. Both artworks are available to purchase, simply visit the gallery artists page to browse by artist, search in our navigation menu, or check out the exhibition page. 

 Hannah Debson

"This piece is a direct reflection on the connection between art and fashion.
Photographers are sometimes forced to pick between art or editorial style photographs when in reality, the two can merge and function cohesively. There is a want for editorial style photographs to transition into gallery exhibitions and the contemporary art world."

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"There is an "ideal body" that is portrayed in most of the world. Even in figurative
drawing, most models have a slimmer physique. Unfortunately, the "ideal body" only represents a fraction of the population. It's a breath of fresh air to see a realistic portrayal of a woman's figure that others may relate to."

PxP Contemporary's Second Curation with SHOWFIELDS

Alicia was invited to curate a second collection for SHOWFIELDS in February. She selected works by nine artists around the themes of human connection and the environment. 

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Curatorial Statement:

After spending most of 2020 indoors within the confines of our homes, we feel a collective longing for both nature and connection. These are two themes that are inherently a part of the artists’ works that I’ve selected for this curation. Some present the human form intertwined with or immersed in a landscape or other natural environment, while others compose images with figures alongside animals, flowers, and insects. Working in the mediums of collage and painting, these artists remind us to appreciate the profound beauty of our surroundings and of the importance of having respect for it now and in the years to come. 

These works of art also act as a record and documentation of life as an artist during the pandemic. While they, like everyone else, experienced loss, grief, anxiety, frustration, and fear - like nature itself, they also went through periods of growth and renewal. For me, bringing together this collection of artists is a manifestation of the belief that 2021 will indeed allow for more opportunities to connect with the environment, ourselves, and each other. It’s a sigh of relief, or rather, a breath of fresh air.

Featured Artists:

Austin Howlett
Emily Mullet
Erin McGean
Heather Polk
Kestin Cornwall
Mia Risberg
Shachi Kale
Sophia Tristan
Twiggy Boyer

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