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About NAOMI ALESSANDRA

Naomi is an artist, illustrator and designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a background in comparative literature and apparel design, her work is character and story-driven, often documenting signifiers of cultural identity to create allegorical snapshots of modern life.

Naomi's illustration and design work has spanned the realms of fashion/editorial illustration, book illustration/design, and packaging design. She has developed illustrations for brands such as L'Oréal/Clarisonic, Princess Cruises, Nylon, Black Book, Spindle, and StyleLikeU, and has been featured in the fashion illustration monograph Figurines de Moda: Técnicas y Estilos.

More recently, she has turned her attention to expansive projects best suited to a gallery setting, including large format paintings on paper and hand-painted animated short films. Working most often with watercolor and pen + ink on paper, she relishes the technical challenge of developing big projects using materials usually reserved for more modest formats.

Recent solo exhibitions include Monstrosity (2018), Art Works Downtown; Ghost Garden (2018), Art Works Downtown, The Slap (2017), diPietro Todd Mill Valley; Entanglement (2016-2017) diPietro Todd Union Square, San Francisco; The Girls (2016), ArtBeat, Berkeley; and Falling to Earth (2016), AYA Salon, Petaluma. She has also participated in a number of group exhibitions at venues including Smith Andersen North (San Anselmo); Wonderland Gallery, and 111 Minna; and Warehouse 416 (Oakland). 

Naomi recently finished up a year-long artist residency at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, California. She is currently developing a body of work focused on culturally topical re-imaginings of traditional fairy tale themes.