In marrying contemporary painting techniques (what I consider to be the hilarious and feral part of my process) with figurative realism (the classical, focused, and serious bit), I am creating work that utilizes humor to talk about serious concepts.
My concepts are derived from but not limited to political tension, physical and psychological trauma, personal experience, social observations, and are often rooted in gender-based assumptions.
I watch, tongue in cheek, as my representational figures dance and evolve with contemporary conceptualism, acknowledging that heavy situations deserve their weight, but that I may also, as C.S. Lewis says, “Chuckle in the darkness," which offers me "the sense that some shattering and disarming simplicity is the real answer."
Dorielle Caimi (b. 1985) is a Hispanic-American contemporary figurative realist, whose colorful, psychological paintings speak brazenly to contemporary questions, with an emphasis on young women's issues.
Caimi completed a BFA (Summa Cum Laude) in Painting from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA in 2010. Her work has been shown/featured internationally, and in publications such as PoetsArtists (cover x 2), American Art Collector, Hi-Fructose, Art Forum, Combustus, Juxtapoz, and Printer's Devil Review (cover). In 2015, she was awarded the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award for work that "visually responds to painting in the 21st century" juried by LACMA's Franklin Sirmans. Her works have been acquired by Miami University Permanent Art Collection, The Tullman Collection, The Kelsey Lee-Offield Collection, and The Art of Elysium Charity Auction. She lives and works in New Mexico.
"Examining the idea of innocence as a virtue lost too soon, Caimi’s nude figures resist vulgarity and sexualization.
The bright, vivid colors serve to draw the viewer in closer to the women, whom the artist imbues with
psychological complexities. Incorporating a dark sense of humor and a vision of what an authentic self might look
like, Caimi lays bare her own personal psyche, creating bold paintings that speak to, and for, a larger generation."
-"Complex Candy" Press Release, Gusford L.A. 2014
"The female nude has long served as a traditional presentation of the female body, and has continued to provoke debate through self-aware contemporary practitioners such as John Currin. As a result of the critical gaze bestowed upon the female, women have inherited a position in the lens of popular culture that is filled with psychological and emotional struggle. Thus Caimi contends that the female body is not simply “eye candy,” but one of a “complex” variety. By employing traditional techniques in the presentation of the female body, the Albuquerque-based artist forces the audience to reconsider the female nude."
-A. Moret, Art LTD., 2014
"Caimi's oil paintings are deeply feminine. They depict not only the nude female form but also showcase the artist's ability to capture extreme emotion and difficult subject matter. These paintings are largely an exploration of characteristics associated with women. The feminization and universal angst found within the work is interlaced with rich symbolism."
-Jane Kenoyer, Hi-Fructose Magazine, 2013
"Intent on not date stamping her work, Caimi skillfully combines her inspirations from epochs within classical art with 21st century influences, creating a timelessness in her images and also the implication that her thoughts and concerns are not limited to herself, nor to this era, but extend to past generations, through to our own and beyond."
-Wow x Wow
"Oil painter Dorielle Caimi's work offers Renaissance-reminiscent nude portraits in a startlingly bright color palette. Her subjects’ bodies betray their classical roots with sunburns or neon pubic hair. The images also incorporate objects and animals meant to scratch away the composure of the portrait, revealing the subject’s internal world. The faces of these women portray the tensions between their surface expressions and their emotional struggles. Caimi says her paintings 'explore the relationship between grace and angst that both plague and glorify the private worlds of young women.'"
-Rachel Cassandra, Juxtapoz Magazine, 2015