Contemporary Southwest Art

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Andrea Joy Cermanski

is an artist who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she is inspired by the color and vastness of the New Mexico landscape. Cermanski has been working in acrylic and encaustic for over 23 years and has a Bachelor's in Art History and a Masters in Art Education. She has exhibited her work in five solo and ten group shows, including Feminists Under Forty, which was curated by Judy Chicago. Cermanski is featured in E. Ashley Rooney's Contemporary Artists of the Southwest, and has numerous collectors around the country, including two corporate collections.

Cermanski's work is a conversation in color inspired by intricacies of the natural world. She incorporates hand - collected earth pigments, minerals, other elements of the New Mexico landscape to bring nature direclty into her work. Extracting her palette from the southwest, her work embodies the delicate interplay of light and color, texture and form. While working, she intuitively synthesizes memories of the land, sky and water, allowing something new to emerge - a metamorphosis. The culmination results in capturing the essence of a place vaguely familiar to us all. Similar to the excitement of recognizing familiar images while watching clouds, her work seeks to grasp the contemplative eye of the viewer

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