Roberto Jamora was born in 1987 in Annapolis, MD and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. He holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and an MFA in Visual Arts from Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY). He currently lives and works in Richmond, VA and is an Adjunct Professor at VCU School of the Arts. He was an Emerging Artist-Teacher Fellow at Joan Mitchell Foundation and also taught at Purchase College, SUNY. He was awarded a 2018 Artist Community Engagement Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation for his project “An Inventory of Traces,” a series of abstract paintings inspired by the stories of immigrants in NYC. Previously, he has participated in artist residencies at Joan Mitchell Center, Ragdale, and Sambalikhaan. He is currently working on two series of abstract paintings. One series deals with systems in sports and the other series explores how color triggers memory. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Frost Art Museum, Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, Topaz Arts, Page Bond Gallery, ADA Gallery, JuiceBox Art Space, Norte Maar, Shockoe Artspace, Good Enough Projects, Quality Gallery, Scott Charmin Gallery, Fouladi Projects, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Open Space, Outlet Fine Art, and ArtHelix.

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

 

EDUCATION

2013

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

 

2009

BFA Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

Exhibition Title TBD, FLXST Contemporary, Chicago, IL (forthcoming solo exhibition)

 

2019

Exhibition Title TBD, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA (forthcoming solo exhibition)

 

2018

Home Field Advantage, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
Salon Saturday, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY

 

2017

Visitor, Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, VA

 

2011

I’m Going to Remember This for a Long Time, Borjo Coffeehouse, Norfolk, VA 

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Notes on Abstraction, FLXST Contemporary, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
New Editions: Into the FLXST, FLXST Contemporary, Chicago, IL
Cut: Abstraction in the United States from the 1970s to the Present (curated by Amy Galpin), Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Taglish, The First Picture of You, 1990 (curated by Dogeaters Collective), Philippine Center, New York, NY

 

2018

Gather, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

Constructing the Break, Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Hot! Hot! Hot!, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Everybody in the Pool, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
Fool, Juice Box, Denver, CO

 

2017

Current Art Fair, Shockoe Art Space, Richmond, VA

NURTUREart Annual Benefit, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

 

2016

From Tha Roota To Tha Toota, Good Enough Gallery, Atlanta, GA
daydreamer II, Quality Gallery, Oakland, CA
Obstructed Views, Scott Charmin Gallery, Houston, TX (curatorial project)
Sunny – A Summer Store, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA
The Heart of the Matter (curated by Jessica Cochran), The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Chicago, IL

 

2015

SHIM Invitational 1, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY
NURTUREart Annual Benefit, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY
Daang-Krus (curated by Ged Merino), Bliss on Bliss Art Projects, Queens, NY
SIXTY MINUTES: Sixty Artists & Sixty Seconds of Video (curated by Courtney Childress), Vanity Projects, Miami, FL & New York, NY
Surface Matters (curated by Russell Tyler), Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA

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
Hrönir: Un-Lost Things (curated by Hazel Lee Santino), Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
Precious Moments, Open Space, Baltimore, MD
NURTUREart Annual Benefit, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY
Appalach-wick, Art Helix, Brooklyn, NY (collaboration with Adam Brazil)
Chronicle (curated by Edgar Meza), Scott Charmin Gallery, Houston, TX
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
MFA Thesis Group Exhibition, Sue Scott Gallery, New York, NY
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY
Six Degrees of Separation (curated by Jackie Cantwell and Molly Myer), The Bishop, Brooklyn, NY
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
Survival in an Unknown Land, 1019A Gallery, Purchase, NY
Mahal (curated by Patrick Cruz and Chaya Go), Yactac Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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
Nasaan?, Ishmael Bernal Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines
Storm (curated by Jill Wickenheisser), Submerged Art Gallery, Newark, NJ
Overstimulated, 210 Front St., South Street Seaport, New York, NY
It’s Personal, St. Joseph’s College Alumni Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2009

Wall-to-Wall, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Stimulus Package, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
Postcolonial Power Hour, VCU Commons Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

2008

Beyond the Barrelman, Mercury Cafe Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019

New York Philippine Consulate General. “Young Fil-Am artists exhibit work at Philippine Center” 3 May 2019.

 

2018

Filipino American Artist Directory / 2018 Edition. “Roberto Jamora.” Calamansi Press,   2018.

VCUarts. “Roberto Jamora celebrates the lives of immigrants.” 18 July 2018.

Rema Hort Mann Foundation. “2018 ACE Grantees NYC.” 28 February 2018.

 

2017

The FilAm. “Directory of Fil-Am artists coming out in 2018 – GMA News” 1 December  2017.

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

 

2016

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

 

2015

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

 

2014

Turcihin, Olya. “Being Lost and Found in Bushwick – Arte Fuse.” 24 November

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

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2018

Artist Community Engagement Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation

 

2017

New York Emerging Artist Grant Nomination, Rema Hort Mann Foundation

2014

Emerging Artist-Teacher Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation
New York Emerging Artist Grant Nomination, Rema Hort Mann Foundation

 

2012

Minority Graduate Fellowship, SUNY Purchase College, School of Art+Design
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
Bon Air Artists Association Scholarship, VCU School of the Arts

 

RESIDENCIES AND FELLOWSHIPS

2019

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

 

2018

Ragdale Foundation, Lakeside, IL

 

2017

Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA

 

2013

Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

 

2010

Sambalikhaan Foundation, Quezon City, Philippines

 

2009

ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

TEACH EXPERIENCE

2018- Present

Adjunct Instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2015

Instructor for Youth and Pre-College Programs in the Arts. Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Art Instructor, Private Picassos, New York, NY

 

2014-15

Emerging Artist-Teacher Fellow , Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY

 

2012-13

Adjunct Instructor for “Introduction to Drawing” , Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY

 

2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant , Purchase College, State University of New York,      Purchase, NY

 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

2019

The Account: Spring 2019. “Three Works.” https://theaccountmagazine.com/

Filipino American Artist Directory / 2019 Edition. “Roberto Jamora.” Calamansi Press, 2019.

 

2018

Filipino American Artist Directory / 2018 Edition. “Roberto Jamora.” Calamansi Press

Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction. “Memorious 29.” December 2018. http://memorious.org/?issue=29&art

 

2015

Duende Literary. “Roberto Jamora – Duende”. Issue 3 :: Fall 15. 1 October     2015. http://www.duendeliterary.org/roberto-jamora/

 

 

Each gradient is a vignette of an experience or place in my Passing Memories series. I attempt to commit important events in my life to memory via painting. I mine color from memory and photos I’ve taken/have been tagged in on social media. 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, the bayous in Louisiana where my ancestors once lived. Color triggers these recollections.

Earlier in 2018, I had the privilege of receiving an Artist Community Engagement Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation to fund my socially engaged paintings. The title of my project, An Inventory of Traces, is inspired by Edward Said’s Orientalism where Said writes “In many ways my study of Orientalism has been an attempt to inventory the traces upon me, the Oriental subject, of the culture whose domination has been so powerful a factor in the life of all Orientals.” Thru abstraction, I wanted to celebrate the lives of immigrants. I met with immigrant artists and writers in NYC to learn about the traces the world has left upon them. Their stories inspired the color, composition, and literal traces on my paintings for which I am so grateful.