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Roberto Jamora
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint

ARTIST STATEMENT: I am fascinated by systems and parallels within art and sports. People often learn major life lessons thru sports; among those lessons are rules, conflict, collective action, democracy, fairness, morality, ambition, circumstance, and hierarchy. In my series dealing with sports (mostly basketball), I paint marks and forms that correspond with actions and symbols found in basketball including brackets, suicide running drills, strategic play formations, trophies, and so on. Part of why I choose to paint with oil on canvas is because each rectangle is like a court or field where there are specific rules, logic, and history. The studio is like an arena where unscripted drama can take place.

In the “passing memory” series, I attempt to commit important events in my life to memory via painting. Each gradient is a vignette of an experience or place. I meditate over photos I’ve taken/have been tagged in on social media. I also mine color purely from memory. Cold wax and oil paint are swiped across the canvas to conceal extraneous possibilities and to limit sentimentality. A thin trace of landscape is revealed. Skin tones, days at the beach, climbing a mountain with a lover, my parents’ backyard, a city sidewalk. Color triggers these recollections.


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Born in 1987, Annapolis, Maryland
Lives in Queens, works in Brooklyn


2013 MFA Visual Arts
Purchase College, State University of New York

2009 BFA Painting and Printmaking
Virginia Commonwealth University


2017 Visitor, Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, VA ( solo exhibition)
2017 NURTUREart Annual Benefit, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
2016 Obstructed Views, Scott Charmin Gallery, Houston, TX (curatorial project)
2016 Sunny - A Summer Store, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA
2016 The Heart of the Matter (curated by Jessica Cochran), The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Chicago, IL
2015 SHIM Invitational 1, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY
2015 NURTUREart Annual Benefit, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Daang-Krus (curated by Ged Merino), Bliss on Bliss Art Projects, Queens, NY
2015 SIXTY MINUTES: Sixty Artists & Sixty Seconds of Video (curated by Courtney Childress), Vanity Projects, Miami, FL & New York, NY
2015 Surface Matters (curated by Russell Tyler), Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA 2015 Working Artist, Academic Gallery, Queens, NY
2014 FRESH PUNCH (curated by Daniela Gomez Paz, Hilliary Gabryel, and Linda Rucina), Era VI VII VI, Queens, NY
2014 Hrönir: Un-Lost Things (curated by Hazel Lee Santino), Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Precious Moments, Open Space, Baltimore, MD
2014 NURTUREart Annual Benefit, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Appalach-wick, Art Helix, Brooklyn, NY (collaboration with Adam Brazil)
2014 Chronicle (curated by Edgar Meza), Scott Charmin Gallery, Houston, TX
2014 Fade and Spill Out and Peer at Another's Whole (curated by Zachary Rawe and Jamie Felton), FJORD, Philadelphia, PA
2013 FRESH 10 (curated by Jason Andrew, John Silvis and Julian Jimarez Howard), OUTLET Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
2013 MFA Thesis Group Exhibition, Sue Scott Gallery, New York, NY
2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY
2013 Six Degrees of Separation (curated by Jackie Cantwell and Molly Myer), The Bishop, Brooklyn, NY
2013 IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING, American University-Katzen Center for the Arts, Washington DC
2012 Divining Rod (curated by Faye Hirsch), Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY
2011 Make the Road by Walking (curated by Stamatina Gregory), Passage Gallery, Purchase, NY
2011 Survival in an Unknown Land, 1019A Gallery, Purchase, NY
2011 Mahal (curated by Patrick Cruz and Chaya Go), Yactac Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2011 I'm Going to Remember This for a Long Time, Borjo Coffeehouse, Norfolk, VA (solo exhibition)
2011 Blueprints (curated by Hannah Haworth and Aaron Valentin), Gitana Rosa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 AND BEYOND (curated by Margot Walsh), Parse Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2010 Nasaan?, Ishmael Bernal Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines
2010 Storm (curated by Jill Wickenheisser), Submerged Art Gallery, Newark, NJ
2010 Overstimulated, 210 Front St., South Street Seaport, New York, NY
2010 It's Personal, St. Joseph's College Alumni Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Wall-to-Wall, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
2009 Stimulus Package, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009 Postcolonial Power Hour, VCU Commons Gallery, Richmond, VA (two person show with Chino Amobi)
2008 Beyond the Barrelman, Mercury Cafe Gallery, Chicago, IL


June 2015 – August 2015
Instructor for Youth and Pre-College Programs in the Arts
Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY

June 2015 – July 2015
Art Instructor
Private Picassos, New York, NY

September 2014 – August 2015
Emerging Artist-Teacher Fellow
Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY

January 2012 – May 2013
Adjunct Instructor for “Introduction to Drawing”
Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY

August 2011 – December 2011
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY


2017 Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA (forthcoming Fall 2017)
2013 Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2010 Sambalikhaan Foundation, Quezon City, Philippines
2009 ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA


2014 New York Emerging Artist Grant Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2012 Minority Graduate Fellowship, SUNY Purchase College, School of Art+Design
2012 SUNY Graduate Fellowship, SUNY Purchase College, School of Art+Design
2011 Merit Scholarship, SUNY Purchase College, School of Art+Design
2008 Theresa Pollak Scholarship, VCU School of the Arts
2008 Bon Air Artists Association Scholarship, VCU School of the Arts


Joan Mitchell Foundation. "Announcing the Joan Mitchell Center 2017 Artists-in-Residence." 15 February 2017.

Andrew, Jason. “Greenpoint Open Studios: 10 Must See Artists.” 25 April 2016.

Duende Literary. “Roberto Jamora - Duende”. Issue 3 :: Fall 15. 1 October 2015.

Abelis, Ona. “Eight Brilliant Painters with Studios in Greenpoint”. 16 February 2015.

Hardt, Allison. “Distilling Abstraction at Fjord: To Fade and Spill Out And (And Look At Another’s Whole)”. 17 February, 2014.

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