The main thrust of my paintings explores the relationship of self within the constructs of what it means to be female in today's society. In marrying contemporary painting techniques with classical figurative painting, I am exploring ease through humorous acknowledgement and an understanding of what an authentic self might look like. Historically, my work has exclusively illustrated women. However, my newer work incorporates men, or the "masculine" into the exploration of how we impact, perceive, and dance with each other that we may understand ourselves in a more empathetic and interdependent context. In my future work, I plan to transcend gender altogether.
Dorielle Caimi was born in Alexandria, VA, USA in 1985, and was raised in New Mexico. She has lived in Seattle, Oakland, South Korea, and Washington D.C. She currently lives and works in Albuquerque.
She completed a BFA (Summa Cum Laude) in Painting from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA in 2010 and a Master Class in Painting at the Art Students League of Denver, CO. with Jenny Morgan in 2013. Caimi’s work has been shown/featured internationally, and in publications such as PoetsArtists (cover x 2), American Art Collector, Hi-Fructose, 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.
"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