Artist statement

Shoshana Den-Macker has been making art for 20 years. She has the French and American double nationality and feels this identity has greatly influenced her inspiration. She lives in the South of France with her French husband and daughter. Both of her parents are artists (photographers, and gallery owners together).  Her father is full time sculptor, painter and mixed media artist. Her mother is an art curator and jewelry creator. Just like “Obelix” she fell in the magic artistic potion when she was little ;).

Her values are at the heart of her work. She is an environmentalist and humanist. She believes that our biggest mistake as humans has been to separate ourselves from nature.

She often paints from her photographs. Her paintings are inspired by singular moments of light, texture, color, composition and abstraction by concentrating on details. She loves finding beauty in the ordinary. She is not afraid of combining different media, any means necessary to obtain the desired effect.

She realizes that she owes a lot of what she has learned in painting through her participation in community mural painting both in classes, as paid work and volunteering. The rendering from a small painting to the wall and in keeping with the same overall image took practice and hours of work.

She loves working with other artists and has found the mural painting to be an exciting process to have different artistic perceptions brought together to brainstorm, design and then make it real on a hug scale.As well as taking her class, she has participated in two large community murals with Juana Alicia, a famous muralist in SF, California.

In the South of France she has been in over 4 artshows.

She feels creativity; this essential "joie de vivre" is to be shared with everyone.


 

Biography

  • 1980 - Born in California
  • 1986 -1992 art classes
  • 1993 - 1st prize best artist in my class Portula Middle School El Cerrito.
  • 1995- Lainey community college : class on the history and method of painting latin murals by the renowned mural artist Juana Alicia .
  • 1995- Painted a mural under the supervision and guidance of Juana Alicia and the Precidia Eyes association with 18 artists, from the conception to the full realisation of a several story high mural "Si Se Puede" in Oakland, California.
  • 1996-1998 Photography teacher's assistant (with at least one hour a day dark room experience during the school years).
  • 1996- Creation and execution of three-D mosaic in the science building at Berkeley High School
  • Summer 1996- Paid artist assistant on a mural downtown berkeley.
  • 1997- Awarded a fullride scholarship (including materials) upon the merit of my photography for a three month summer photography course at San Francisco State University.
  • 1998 - 2003 Figure drawing classes from nude models in California and Montpellier.
  • 1998 - 2003 Art minor from UCSC University of California and Santa Cruz.

  • see list of art shows in France from 2003 onwards.
  • Feburary 2020 ARTBOX BARCELONA 1.0 Acceptation by the jury to be shown on a screen during
    the Art metropole Europe and two months in their swiss gallerie.

  • March 2020 Participation in the abstract exhibition as a finalist on Art Room Gallery :
    http://www.artroomgalleryonline.com/current_exhibition.html