Erika Alonso

Land(e)scape 02, 2022

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Painting152.4 x 198 x 5cmShips from United States of America


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About the Artist

Erika Alonso (b. 1987, USA) is a second-generation Cuban-American artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. She spent her childhood in Southern California, a place to which she often “escapes” while painting. Alonso is a self-taught and unabashedly painterly painter whose works are meant to capture a moment in all of its fleetingness—the movement and rush and whirl of it all. Inspired by artists such as Joan Mitchell, Willem DeKooning, and Marc Chagall, the artist’s paintings explore how thoughts and memories can translate visually through the intuitive use of color and strong gestural marks.

About the Artwork

Land(e)scape 02 is reminiscent of a white-sand beach. It has narratives superimposed onto the seascape and was inspired by the stories of three older women who immigrated to the United States from Latin America when they were younger. I sat down with them and recorded oral histories to capture their memories of their homeland and their experience coming to the United States, and I listened to their recorded stories as I painted.