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Brenda L Zlamany
Brooklyn, NY


ARTIST STATEMENT: The place of the painted portrait in the post- photography, postmodern age is ever-changing. In portrait painting, a connection between artist and subject is created by the act of building an image stroke by stroke. This connection is unusual in a time of virtual reality and high-speed, mediated experience. There is much to explore in the question of who is portrayed and how. I am interested in the multifaceted nature of portraiture in the digital age. By combining painting, performance, interactivity, photography, a conceptual frame, and a digital presentation, I seek to challenge schisms in artistic and social understanding.

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Brenda Zlamany is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Since 1982 her work has appeared in over a dozen solo exhibitions (including, in New York City, at Jonathan O’Hara Gallery, Stux Gallery, Jessica Fredericks Gallery, and E. M. Donahue Gallery and, in Brussels, at Sabine Wachters Fine Arts) and numerous group shows in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Museums that have exhibited her work include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany; the National Museum, Gdansk, Poland; and Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Flash Art, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere and is held in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum; Deutsche Bank; the Museum of Modern Art, Houston; the Neuberger Museum of Art; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art; the World Bank; and Yale University. Zlamany has collaborated with authors and editors of the New York Times Magazine on several portrait commissions, including an image of Marian Anderson for an article by Jessye Norman and one of Osama bin Laden for the cover of the September 11, 2005, issue. Grants she has received include a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant (2018), Fulbright Fellowship (2011), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2006–07), a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in painting (1994), and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship (1981–82). Yale University recently commissioned her to create two large-scale group portraits, permanently installed on campus. She received a BA from Wesleyan University in 1981.


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