Estefania Velez Rodriguez

Biography and Curriculum Vitae:


Estefania Velez Rodriguez is a painter born in Mayaguez Puerto Rico and currently resides in Brooklyn New York. Her paintings are informed by contemporary education in Abstraction as well as personal digestion of cultural normalities within the United States of America. Finishing her MFA in painting with experimental studies in video media, she also creates sketch videos that address identity politics and time rupture. Her paintings formally address questions between abstraction, non-representation, simplification, symbol, and painting as a language with ambiguous structural limitations.

Estefania is interested in pushing the limits in her liminal identity structure; sometimes she can fly like a bird and other times she can only swim like a fish. The moments in which code switching through oral language, painted language, or physical makeup are successful are when navigation through multiple worlds can happen without drawback from the receiver.


  Brooklyn College CUNY, Masters of Fine Arts, 2017
  University of South Florida, Bachelors of Fine Arts, 2015


  2019  Thick Air, Hall of Fame Studios, Queens, NY
  2019   Women's Work,Wall Frame Affairs, Brooklyn, NY
  2019   Now or Never Series,  Edda Jakab Studio Gallery VSC, Johnson, VT
  2019   Rulers, Coco Hunday, Tampa, FL

  2019   False Catalogs (solo show), Auxiliary Projects, Brooklyn, NY
  2019   Portray, Prey, Disobey,  Lucas Lucas Gallery, Brooklyn, NY  

  2018   Hot Melon Nest, Cunsthaus Gallery, Tampa, FL

  2018   Catch as Catch Can, Spaceworks Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  2018   Fountain of Youth, Railroad Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  2018   Queens College Arts Festival, Queens College, NY

  2018   It Just Sort Of Happens One Day, Paradice Palase, Brooklyn, NY

  2017   Detected Flux, Dixon Place, NY, NY

  2017   Layers Of Artifice, Robert, Brooklyn, NY

  2017   Filtergeist, Open House Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  2017   Commencement, Smack Mellon Gallery, NY, NY
  2017   MFA Open Studios, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
  2016   The Hidden Curriculum, MOCA Open Engagement, Oakland, CA
  2015   Its About Time, Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL
  2015   Nonrefundable, The Lockbox, Tampa, FL
  2015   Salon De Refuses, USF gallery, Tampa, FL
  2014   Photography Exhibition, Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL
  2014   Walls of Dan, Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL   
  2013   Death of Luz Daisy Velez, PechaKucha Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

  Castro, Samantha: “Feminist Artist Speaks to Students About Artistic Expression”, The Kingsman, 2017
 Mavra, Tommy: “MFA Studio Spotlight”, Brooklyn College Art and Info, 2016
 Hardy, Adam: “Graduating Students present Nonrefundable Gallery Show at The Lockbox”, Creative Loafing, 2015



  2019, Professor of Painting 2 and 3, Rutgers University - Newark

  2019, Professor of Advanced Painting, Rutgers University - Newark

  2019, Professor of Design Fundamentals, Rutgers University - Newark

  2019, Professor of Drawing 1, Rutgers University - Newark

  2018, Professor of Design Fundamentals, Rutgers University - Newark

  2017, Professor of Design Fundamentals, Rutgers University - Newark
  2017, Professor of 2-D Design and Color Theory, Brooklyn College CUNY
  2017, Professor of Abstract Thoughts in Painting, Brooklyn College CUNY
  2016, Teaching Assistant to Michael Cloud (painting 3), Brooklyn College CUNY
  2016, Teaching Assistant to Michael Cloud (BFA Thesis), Brooklyn College CUNY
  2016, Teaching Assistant to Thomas McGrath (Advanced Painting), Brooklyn College CUNY


  2019, Vermont Studio Center Resident Fellowship

  2019, Artist Talk with Vermont Studio Center

  2018, Artist Talk with NYFA (Dialogos en Espanol) (Brooklyn NY)  
  2018, Artist Talk for Paradice Palase (Brooklyn NY)
  2018, Artist Talk for Sweet Lorraine Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)
  2017, Dedalus Foundation Grant nominee
  2016-2017, Brooklyn College Teaching Fellowship
  2014-2015, University of South Florida Artist Grant