Artist Statement: Lorie Caval.

People are so often left alienated, hiding the very parts of ourselves that make us unique and beautiful. We often perceive ourselves as alone and incapable of connecting with the world, with one another, unable to give to – or create anything new with – one another. My artwork expresses a yearning for connection, the power of human vulnerability as well as spiritual strength, and the often untapped powerful worlds that exist inside us all.

As a self-taught artist, my approach to drawing and painting started as a means to express emotions – my own as well as the emotionality of the images I created. Before I knew the importance of technique, before I knew to learn from (or compare myself to) master painters, I felt the significance of creating space for expressing the authentic self.

The themes explored in my collections are mainly about identity, spirituality, dreaming and personal power. My recent series include Boricua Sankofa (made in reflection of a study-abroad arts program I did in Puerto Rico) and Sogni d’Oro (a collection of portraits about Gods, Goddesses, deities and spiritual guides, across cultures).

ART EXHIBITIONS

June 20-July 25, 2017
Sunnyside Artists Organization’s Juried Art Exhibition “#GlimmerOfHope”
Claret
Sunnyside, NY

March 17-June 11, 2017
Occupy Museums “Debtfair” – participating artist in group installation at the Whitney Biennial 2017
Whitney Museum of American Art
NYC, NY

January 12-15, 2017
“Nasty Women Art Exhibit” group exhibition
The Knockdown Center
Maspeth/Queens, NY

July 2016
“New York Art Collective” group exhibition
The Living Gallery
Brooklyn, NY

December 2015-January 2016
“Small Works Show” annual group exhibition
Catalyst Gallery
Beacon, NY

October 2015
ArtNight “Art in the City of Dreams” annual group exhibition
Marriott SpringHill Suites Midtown
New York, NY

September 2015
“Soulful Arts Collective” group exhibition
The Living Gallery
Brooklyn, NY

November 2013
“Bliss Out at Topaz” group exhibit and performance 
Philippines typhoon Haiyan benefit exhibition
Topaz Arts
Woodside, NY

June 2010
“Mashups: Musical Portraits”
Solo show for “Mashups” collaboration with photographer Muema

Greenpoint Gallery
Brooklyn, NY

November 2008-March 2009
“The B Sides” group exhibition
“Mashups” collaboration with photographer Muema
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
Newark, NJ

November/December 2005
“Symbols of Ourselves”
Art for Change presents works by Lorie Caval and Pablo Caviedes Carlitos Café y Galeria
New York, NY

June 2005
“Miracles on 104th Street Festival”
Melting Pot-NYC in conjunction with El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY

March/April 2005
“BAAD-Ass Women” annual festival, group exhibition
Bronx Academy of Art and Dance (BAAD)
Bronx, NY

September 2002
“Melting Pot” artistic collective, group exhibition, performance, dance party
Private loft
New York, NY

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