About

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is a constant exploration of human emotions and how those emotions tie into the times in which we live. My work illuminates the absurdity of controlling time and space, an impulse that makes us both the victim and executioner of our actions.

Employing the quotidian as a point of departure, I present my work in the form of narrative essays that allow the viewer to entertain a variety of perspectives. This becomes a tool for open-ended readings of reality. 

The images I work with stem from everyday observations of the human condition. I’m not interested in the perfect photographic image, but rather the artifacts of our everyday lives. The imperfections I encounter tend to take time and space out of context and strip everything away – gender, cultural background and our biases – to create a new history in the shape of a dream. My pictures are a reflection on what we are and what we may allow ourselves to become.

I create an acrylic skin that is a physical context for my stories. Placing my images between acrylic layers, I build several scenes on different planes and complement them with fabric, paper or strokes of paint. The materiality of my expression helps to convey my message. For me the surface is a critical aspect of the piece, it is as important as the images themselves. 

The concept of time and space is captured within the material and it is defined as a series of epidermal layers. The process becomes a metaphor for human skin, created from individual cells into the shape of a being. Through these images and my  use of color, texture and form I have created a personal ontology that expresses my doubt about our assumptions that we are a ‘civilized’ species. 

 

BIOGRAPHY

A native of the Dominican Republic, Aida Tejada spent half of her life experiencing diverse cultures. The fact that she earned a degree in Psychology and communication, adds intellectual substance to her visual vocabulary.

While she is well versed in traditional photography, her artistic inclination from the start has been experimental. She uses various alternative photographic processes and hands-on photo-transfer techniques to create her work.

Aida is currently exploring acrylic skin as her primary medium, creating images from scratch, adding multiple layers of texture that enrich the already present histories of transferred photos. Additional treatment with drawing or painting techniques contributes to transforming each work into a one-of-a-kind piece.

Seeking alternative perspectives to reality, Aida makes the subject irrelevant. She transforms the ordinary into an aesthetic statement. She views the world with a heightened sense of emotion and empathy, creating poetic narratives.

Aida has participated in numerous exhibitions. Currently, she lives in Miami and teaches experimental photography at her studio.

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2019
Awarded, Best on Show, First Place at 28 ISEA  Exhibition (International Association of Experimental Artists)ISEA, Lowell Arts Center, Lowell, MI
Collective Exhibition, Coral Gables Museum, Miami, FL
Associate Artist at Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC), Wynwood, FL
Member of ISEA (International Association of Experimental Artists)

2017
Awarded, First Place at 26 ISEA  Exhibition (International Association of Experimental Artists)ISEA, at Big Arts Center, Sanibel, FL
Collective Exhibition, National Art Encounter, Naples, FL
Member of ISEA (International Association of Experimental Artists)
Art Basel Week, Aqua Fair with Projects Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Collective Exhibition, Rail Road Museum, Miami, FL

2016
Associate Artist at Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC), Wynwood, FL
Miami Art Week, Spectrum, Miami, FL
Art Basel Week, Aqua Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
Collective Exhibition, “Fugit Tempus”, Kroma Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL

2015
Artist Associate at Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC), Wynwood, FL
Art Basel Week, Spectrum, Miami, FL
Art Basel Week, Aqua Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
Art Basel Week, Projects Gallery, Wynwood, FL
Collective Exhibition, “Miami Mix”, Projects Gallery, Wynwood, FL
Collective Exhibition, “Just my Height Art Show”, Pyramide Gallery, Miami, FL
Collective Exhibition, “Art Cycle 2015”, Coral Gables Museum, Miami, FL
Collective Exhibition, “Person, Place, Thing”, Wynwood Exhibiton Center, Miami, FL

2014
“Environmental Artist in Residence”, Two months residency, Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, FL
“Artcycle “, Coral Gables Museum, Miami, FL
“In Deep”, Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, FL
Miami Seafair: “Artcycle, Miami”, FL
Varian Fry, the surrealists & The Villa Air-Bel, Collective exhibition. The Hangar Gallery, Wynwood, FL
Art Basel Week, collective exhibition, Projects Gallery, Wynwood,FL

2013
MIA Sea Fair, Collective Exhibition, Irreversible Projects Space, Miami, FL
Solo Show “Short Stories II”, Wynwood Exhibition Center, Miami, FL
Collective Show “Artcycle Auction”, Coral Gables Museum, Miami, FL
Art Wynwood 2013 Edition, Collective Exhibition, Irreversible Mag, Miami, FL
Collective Exhibition “Breaking Ground”, Dinamo Project, Coconut Grove, FL
Collective Exhibition “Small and Medium Format”, Collage Gallery, Miami, FL

2012

Awarded, Juror’s Choice “Secrets and Mysteries”, Darkroom Gallery, VT
Art Basel week, Collective exhibition “Extraordinary Five”, Wynwood Exhibition Center, Miami, FL
Art Basel week, Collective exhibition, “Artecho”, Miami Beach, FL
Art Basel week, Collective exhibition, “Artcyle Project”, Wynwood, FL
Solo Show “Short Stories”, The Art Link Gallery, Miami, FL
Collective Exhibition “Works on Paper”, Artspace Gallery, Miami, FL
Collective Exhibition “Femme”, Artdealer Miami, Miami FL
Exhibition in collaboration with Irreversible Magazine, “Zona Maco 2012”, DF, Mexico
Exhibition in collaboration with Irreversible Magazine, “Art Wynwood 2012”, Wynwood, FL
Collective exhibition “Another World & Other Places”, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
Collective exhibition “Celebrating Women’s Work”, Pen And Brush, New York, NY
Collective exhibition “Emerging Artists Series” Botanical Garden, Miami Beach, FL
Juror for the annual “Iphoneography Miami” Organized by Artspace MAGQ, Miami, FL
Collective exhibition “Iphoneography, Updated Visual Dialogs”, The Lunch Box Gallery, Wynwood, FL
Participation at Williams Island Festival 2012, Aventura, FL

2011
Art Basel week, juried exhibition “Escape” Artlink, Wynwood, FL
Art Basel week, Collective exhibition “Inside-Out the City” Space Lighting Studio, Wynwood, FL
Art Basel week, juried exhibition “Square Foot” Projects Gallery, Wynwood, FL
Solo exhibition “Inner Reflections” Alliance Francaise, Miami, FL
Juror for International Photography Contest “Planete Femmes” organized by
The Alliance Francaise, Paris, France
Solo exhibition “Inner Reflections II” Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL
Collective exhibition “8 on Eight” Alliance Française, Miami, FL
Juried exhibition “Urban Lanscape” 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Juried exhibition “Scenes on the Street” Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, VE
Collective exhibition “Transmusing” Artspace MAGQ, Miami, FL
Collective exhibition “Stilville” Shake a leg, Coconut Grove, FL

2010
Collective exhibition “Perspectives” Nomade Gallery, Miami, FL
Juried exhibition “Body” Pen and Brush, New York, NY
Art Basel week, photo-Installation “100% Vicious Circle” Nomade Gallery, Miami, FL
Collective exhibition “Food for thought” Artspace MAGQ, Miami, FL
Collective exhibition “Urbayne Biscayne” Precision Art Gallery, Miami, FL
Collective exhibition “Loft 027” Coconut Grove, Miami, FL
Collective exhibition “Femmes” Nomade Gallery, Miami, FL
Collective exhibition “Snap to grid” Art Center Lacda, Los Angeles , CA