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Ana Benaroya's paintings center substantial female subjects, whose extravagant musculature upsets more traditional expectations of femininity. Through her work, Benaroya constructs a female gaze that recasts women in dominant roles, with an assertive, idiosyncratic presence. The muscles on Benaroya’s figures both distort and ornament her subject’s bodies, and speak to female desire and a queer sensibility. Striking, offbeat colors dominate the compositions, and the artist’s intense, slightly macabre palette balances their figurative vigor and allure. Benaroya has described her works as driven by anger but resolved through humor, affects which play off of and counter one another in the works. The artist has been featured in solo and group shows across the United States and Europe. She has exhibited at prominent contemporary art galleries such as Venus Over Manhattan, Ross + Kramer, Richard Heller Gallery, and Almine Rech. Benaroya holds an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Ana Benaroya is from New York city and lives and works in Jersey City, NJ.


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