50 Winners Who Are Helping Others Win: #15 Genesis Tramaine

National Youth Pride Services is proud to announce it’s Third Annual list of 50 Winners Who Are Helping Others Win on our national magazine RizeUp! We used our national membership of youth and young adults across the U.S. to come up with the list and we are excited to see who they are not only watching, but learning from.

Who Is genesisTRAMAINE?

GenesisTRAMAINE‘s work is an impressive unveiling of the eye’s inner visions and unrealized understandings. Unorthodox and uninhibited, it is simultaneously a societal dissection and a self-revelatory journey.

Equally about the process and the finished piece, genesisTRAMAINE’s faces are layer upon layer of real moments and imagined metaphors. She explores ethics and insanity, the mundane and the inhumane, spirituality, sexuality, and sentimentality. She digests the everyday and regurgitates it as work that evokes déjà vu, beckoning memories of past lives and glimpses of undiscovered futures.

tumblr_megvwpU6PO1qdliaso1_500Genesis employs raw canvas, mixed media, found objects, and daily treasures to disrupt the binaries of organic and synthetic, created and found, new and old. Her strokes unmask southern comforts and urban Brooklyn battles. Her youth, her yearnings, and her surroundings are her influences.

GenesisTRAMAINE paints to capture the essence of the characters from her encounters and to breathe life into the creations of her vast imagination. She paints to speak when there are no words – for her wisdom, her politics, her faith, her findings.

Latest Exhibitions

The Classon, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

Sweet Kalahari Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Figment Festival, Governor’s Island, New York, NY, 2014

Words By genesisTRAMAINE:

                   I am a female painter with a masculine spirit. My passion translates, as I create abstract portraits of men and women who transcend blackness as political or representative. I consider the individual because that’s the way I like to be considered. Painting is one of the ways I stay connected to my complexion as a woman. My paintings invoke the voices of ancestors and give praise to the world around me. I am totally excited about art; it’s really the only thing I think about. Using an urban and raw approach, I create pieces with daring and provocative uses of color. Where I‘m from, blue and purple are regular expressions of black skin. I use exaggerated features and at times “jester-like” facial expressions to give focus to my unique interpretation of the black face. Each painting captures spirited emotion and is intended to lend focus to the untapped, underrepresented spirit of Black People. My social and political consciousness as a woman painter is informed by the constant challenges I face as a woman of color due to the societal imbalances of race, class and gender. The daily rhythm of these experiences has the greatest impact on the shape, structure and depth of each painting.

          My untrained hand leans on self-taught, freestyle techniques to communicate a clear understanding of traditional African art. I focus on the shape and definition of the American, Black face through a mix of collage, acrylic and oil based paint. As a native New Yorker the blueprint of my style is rooted in the Harlem Renaissance artist, Romare Bearden, mixed with a 1980’s New York City graffiti edge that seemed to come of age as I did.    

          As I complete my fifth year as a New York Educator, working with Black and Latino students who are differently-abled, my career as an artist has grown tremendously. My work has shown at the Salt Space in Chelsea, NY and this summer gained praise and a featured spot in Toronto’s vibrant art scene. I am currently fulfilling a six-month residency with the Art With A Heart gallery in Seattle, Washington.

          I would like to show in the finest contemporary art spaces because as an artist and student, it’s critical that I equip myself with the best resources to fuel my vision for life and work.  I believe in my ability to create unique paintings that display a clear understanding of composition, color theory and expressionism. 



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