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Claudia Kleefeld About

I am fascinated and inspired by people and thus I find what is truest to me through re-creating human form. There are many reasons why my subject is often the female figure; She is close to me, to who I am, and I find her the most primal and the most challenging. The ___External/Internal___ series, 1985 was created while I studied at UCLA with the use of a slide image given to me by artist Robert Heinecken. I used this image repeatedly, often on top of many of the nudes inside of the room. This series revolves around the relationship between inner self and projected self. The viewer is placed in the position of confronting the facades they fix upon themselves and others, examining classical views of life and it__™s symbolism. This is in many ways the root that my other works grow out of. Add Comment



P.O. Box 1688, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico 87557. ph:575.751.4608 fax:575.737.5289.


1987-91 The Bruchion School, student with Jan Saether, Los Angeles, CA.

1986-87 Post Graduate Diploma of Art, The Byam Shaw School of Art, London, England.

1983-85 University of California, Los Angeles, CA. B.A.; Summa Cum Laude.

1983 Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Manhattan, NYC.

1982-83 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

Awards 1994-2007

For further information, please see Selected Group Exhibitions.

Book Winner List. "Erotic Signature Art Competition."

Miami, FL. 2007.

Artists Talk On Art Award. SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, artist__™s panel talk and The Lab exhibition. NY. 2004

Audrey Hope Shirk Memorial Award. "113th Annual Exhibition". National Association of Women Artists. NY. 2002

Susan Kahn Award. "113th Annual Exhibition". National Association of Women Artists. NY. 2002

Outstanding Painting Prize, "CAA National Prize Show", The Cambridge Art Association. Cambridge, MA. 2002

Juror's Award, Book Art Press, "New Art International 2002". Juried International Fine Art Publication. Woodstock, NY. 2002

Juror's Award, "International Contemporary Painting". Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT. 1999

Best of Show, "Silverhawk Fine Arts Internet Exhibition". Taos, NM. 1999

Donor Award, "Northern National Juried Art Competition". Nicolet College Gallery, Rhinelander, WI. 1999

Studio Prize, "Woman: In the Broader Sense". St. Louis Artists' Guild and the Woman's Caucus for Art, St. Louis, MO. 1998

Juror's Award, National Juried Exhibition Celebrating Israel's 50th Anniversary, Jewish Community Center, New Haven, CT. 1998

2nd Place, "Texas National 98", SFA Gallery, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX. 1998

2nd place, "Inland Exhibition XXXIII", San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA. 1997

Juror's Award, "W & J National Painting Show", Washington, PA. 1997

Honorable Mention, "National Juried Art Exhibition". Highland Cultural Center Art Gallery, NY. 1997

2nd Prize, Painting, "Hearts and Other Body Parts". Ashwell Gallery, Beverly, MA. 1996

Best of Show, Painting, "4th Annual Juried Exhibition". Havre De Grace Museum, MD. 1994


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