Born 1977 in New Jersey, Alyssa Monks began oil painting as a child. She studied at The New School in New York and Montclair State University and earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1999. During this time she studied painting at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence and went on to earn her M.F.A from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2001. In 2006 she completed an artist in residency at Fullerton College and has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting three times. Her work blurs the line between abstraction and realism by layering different spaces and moments. In her 10-year long water series, she flipped background and foreground using semi-transparent filters of glass, vinyl, steam and water over shallow spaces. Today, she is imposing a transparent landscape of infinite space over evocative subjects. Alyssa’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions and are held in public and private collections. Alyssa’s work is represented by Forum Gallery in New York City. In 2015, she gave a talk at the TEDx even at Indiana University discussing her recent work, featured on TED.com and recently, she was named the 16th most influential women artist alive today by Graphic Design Degree Hub. She has lectured and taught at universities and institutions across the US, serves as a member of the New York Academy of Art’s Board of Trustees and continues to offer workshops and lectures regularly. She lives and paints in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In her own words:
I strive to create a moment in a painting where the viewer can see or feel themselves, identify with the subject, even be the subject, connect with it as though it is about them, personally.