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Classical Realist artist Teresa Oaxaca was born in California in 1987. She received her art training through some of today’s most relevant classical art academies and traditional artists. In 2005, Oaxaca traveled to Florence, Italy where she spent four years studying at the Angel Academy of Fine Art, followed by completing graduate courses at the Florence Academy of Art. In 2008, she received an apprenticeship with the celebrated Norwegian figurative artist Odd Nerdrum at his studio in Stavern, Norway. From 2010 to 2012, Oaxaca received additional instruction at the Art League of Alexandria, Virginia where she studied under classical artists, Robert Liberace and Paul Lucchesi. Recently, she spent four months touring European museums to study the works of the Old Masters.

Teresa Oaxaca uses her personal collection of Victorian and Baroque costumes, and masks and dolls as symbolic metaphors in her paintings as well as opportunities to expose unique characters that heighten the psychological aspect of a scene. Her provocative, yet opulently beautiful, paintings are capturing media attention in print publications as well as in video interviews. In an article published in the Spring 2016 issue of the California Art Club Newsletter, art writer Molly Siple commented that “Oaxaca’s current work offers the viewer a lush fantasy world of unusual paintings of subject matter in which human and still-life elements mix.”

Oaxaca explains, “Most art from past cultures used imagination and fantasy to interpret and explore aspects of the real world. Art, for me, exhibits my need for beauty and order by presenting it through a spiritual, sympathetic, and uncanny filter.” She adds, “My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty, which I often find in the unconventional. Because of this, I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter.” Oaxaca’s paintings maintain traditional craftsmanship, as she explores and utilizes new pigments, tools, and materials. Her paintings begin with preparatory sketches to address design concepts, and then, she uses multiple layers of oil paint to build an illusion of light and form.

Teresa Oaxaca currently spends her time between Florence, Italy, and Arlington, Virginia where she has her studio.

Selected Exhibitions

2016 California Art Club’s 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles

2016 Museu Europeu D’Art Modern in Barcelona

The Portrait Society of America, Atlanta, Georgia

Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

2014 “Women by Women”, Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California

Selected Press

Newspapers & Magazines:  Fine Art Connoisseur (April 2016), Nashville Arts Magazine (March 2016)

Selected Achievements

2016
Featured Artist at Alexey Steele’s Classical Underground

2016
Speaker and Painting Demonstrator, Portrait Society of America Conference, Washington, D.C.

2015
1st Honor Award, International Portrait Society of America (The Black Pierrot, Oil, 32” x 32”)

2009-2015
Multiple-Year Finalist in Still Life and Portrait Painting, Art Renewal Center's Annual Salon Competition

2008
Best in Show, Art League All-Media Membership Exhibition (“Valentina”)

Two-time recipient, Art Renewal Center’s Scholarship Competition

Twice Awarded, Stacey Scholarship from National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

Twice Awarded, Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

Press and Publications

American Legacy Fine Arts presents Teresa Oaxaca in American Art Collector Magazine, March 2018.

Teresa Oaxaca in American Art Collector Magazine March 2018

A selection of today’s leading realist and surrealist painters discuss their artwork. Realism is coming back! Lost to decades of abstract art, contemporary figurative painting is experiencing a rebirth in …

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Teresa Oaxaca Featured in The Artist’s Magazine, May 2017

“My work is about pleasing the eye,” says Teresa Oaxaca. Indeed, though her oeuvre includes conventional portraits in charcoal and oil and straightforward still lifes, Oaxaca’s portfolio is dominated by …

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Los Angeles Times - Intuition: A Focus on Women

Personal Touches Reflect Female Artists’ “Intuition” in Glendale News-Press May 10, 2016

A contemporary exhibit by a group of women artists brings to mind all manner of installations, objects and videos that traffic in personal disclosure, laceration, exhibitionism and indictment. Not so …

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American Legacy Fine Arts in Plein Air Collector On-Line

Intuition: A Focus on Women Artists article in Plein Air’s Magazine on-line Plein Air Collector May 2016

From May 7-28, American Legacy Fine Arts in Pasadena, California, is hosting a show featuring the art of Jean LeGassick, Jennifer Moses, Teresa Oaxaca, Alicia N. Ponzio, and Amy Sidrane. …

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