The body isn’t just a “thing”: it is alive and has its own relationship with the world.
In that sense, Calida Garcia Rawles addresses these complexities which the body constructs in our culture.
Through painting, Rawles examines the intersecting themes that connect race, gender, and identity politics. Her practice focuses on series of paintings that examine the physical, social, and psychological pressures which manifest from the body.
Rawles was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. She refined her aesthetic sensibilities at Spelman College, earning a B.A. in art, and continued her education at New York University, where she received an M.A. in painting.