STATEMENT AND BIO:
Dorielle Caimi (b.1985) is a contemporary painter living and working in New Mexico. Her large-scale figurative works challenge our time-worn constructs and are a reclaimation and recomplication of societal ideas surrounding women and the female psyche.
Through a careful and methodical deglamorization of her subjects, she is unabashedly exploring the strength and ferocity of the feminine. Ever-present throughout her work, are the fluorescent hues and shapes which speak to the advertorial, graphic nature of her narratives and represent the pressures faced by modern women. Through their intense chroma and monumental scale, Caimi's work celebrates the power of visual communication as a means to express higher truths and evoke empathy in her viewers.
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. In 2019, she was selected as one of 10 finalists for the $50,000 Bennett Prize for women figuritive realist painters. Her works have been acquired by Miami University permanent collection, The Tullman Collection, The Ashley Longshore Private Collection, and The Muskegon Museum of Art permanent collection.
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"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
"Dorielle Caimi’s artwork displays a reimagining of the classic figure. In her collection Complex Candy,Caimi is able to convey the psychological struggles women face with her interpretations of women and their raw, physical emotion. Her femininity travels through and suspends in different moments of time because it is apparent that her interpretations are inspired by early masters, but her renderings also have elements of the pressures women today face. This creates an element of globality and timelessness within femininity."
-CoCoWeb Blog, 2014