“AOC”, Acrylic on canvas, 60×48 inches
by Lucretia Torva
This portrait of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on display at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery in Phoenix, AZ as part of an exhibition titled “In Celebration of Women: In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.” The show will be on display from March 6 to April 26, and again from May 14 to September 30 at the Arizona Capital Museum.
The artist, Lucretia Torva, has lived in Phoenix for 23 years, 20 of those as a self-employed artist and decorative painter. She paints murals as well as canvases, is represented by 9 The Gallery, and participates in a variety of shows both locally and nationally. Her murals can be found throughout Downtown Phoenix (Alta Fillmore Apartments, Alwun House, FQ Story historic neighborhood, and Oak Street Alley). She has also painted murals during her travels in both France and Nepal. Even though she has been painting for over 40 years, having received her MFA from the University of Illinois in 1982, she continually grows and develops her ideas and skills. Her examination and questioning of reality is part of her spiritual journey, and it’s important that she share it with others. You can see more of her work here: www.TorvaFineArt.com
About “AOC”: A Statement by Lucretia Torva
I have been focusing on portraits since last spring, and I feel the need to support and inspire viewers to rise to the best version of themselves. We need everyone present in their integrity more than ever! Having done a few portraits of musicians, it was time to emphasize people who have been at the front line of government and social change. The portraits are oversized so as to be dramatic and thought provoking. I boost the color for the same reason—to emphasize the heightened energy of people that live with passion at the forefront of change. The backgrounds and bands of text are in metallic, giving the pieces an elegant look, assisting the viewer in seeing these individuals with both respect and appreciation.