Seeing and Being Seen

This latest collection by Beatriz Maliszewski is a continuation of her longtime practice of painting the beauty of everyday life, only now her paintings capture spontaneous encounters.  As the viewer, we are invited to witness the spectacle of a street procession, candid moments in a bullring, bakers selling pastries, and other extremely absorbing scenes.  These paintings are vivacious in attitude, colorfully executed, and rendered in grand dimensions from provocative angles that practically make you feel like you are actually there.  But it is important to note that Beatriz isn’t just painting life, but posed portraits of subjects that acknowledge, if not welcome, the spectatorship and exposure that comes from being put on display.  It is this awareness of “seeing and being seen” that makes this collection especially playful and a particularly interesting departure from Beatriz’s typical focus of intimate and quiet spaces.