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About NAOMI ALESSANDRA

Naomi is an artist, illustrator and designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A scholar of comparative literature and apparel design, her work is usually character-driven and often marked by the documentation of fashion trends and other 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 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, 111 Minna, and Goforaloop Gallery (San Francisco); and Warehouse 416 (Oakland). 

Naomi is currently the Max Thelen Artist in Residence at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, California.