ABOUT THE ARTIST

Eva Rocha is a Brazilian, and American, multimedia artist. After working as an actress and performer in Brazil, she studied arts in the Andes of Peru and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University’s VCU School of the Arts in 2016.  In 2015 she was honored with the Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts in the category of Emerging Artist. Her work, which confronts viewers with traumatic aspects of personal/collective experiences, has been shown in special exhibitions at the following museums: the Art Museum of the Americas and the Museu Brasileiro de Escultura in 2013, the MOCA-VA and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2015, the William King Museum in 2016; the Black History Museum and the Taubman Museum and the Valentine in 2017/18.

EDUCATION
2016 Master of Fine Arts Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU School of the Arts – USA
2008 Art student at the Escuela de Arte Mario Urteaga, Cajamarca – PERU

ARTS
2018 The Depot: “Silent Chorus” installation. Richmond, VA (May 19 – July 17)
2018 /2017 Valentine Museum: “Coro” of mannequins. Richmond, VA (April 2017-Feb 2018)
2017 Black History Museum: “The Pigeonhole” Richmond, Va (December)                                    2017  Santa Fe Art Institute: Installation “Severed” during SFAI 140.  Santa Fe, NM (November)
2017 ArtPrize: “Object-Orientalis” one among the twenty People’s Choice finalists-MI (Oct)
2017 Fed Galleries at Kendal College of Art and Design. Grand Rapids, MI (Aug29-Oct14)
2017 Taubman Museum: Homeward Bound juried triennial. Roanoke, VA  (Dec2016 -Jul2017)
2017 Anderson Gallery Six Alumni: installation “Memory Foam” Richmond, VA (Aug 6- Sept 30)
2017 Reynolds Gallery: two artists solo – thread works. Richmond, VA (July)
2016 William King Museum: install of works “Bride”/”Dowry”/”Bulk” VA.
2016 Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA-VA New Waves 2016: install “Ode to the Object” and “I am not in the Business, I am the Business” VA.
2016 Awarded “Women in the Arts” by Style Magazine, VA.
2015 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts VMFA: invited artist resident during the traveling exhibition “Rodin: Evolution of a Genius”
2015 Awarded “Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts” – in the category Emerging Artist. Richmond Magazine, VA.
2015 Winner of the People’s Choice Award for 1708 Gallery Inlight Festival at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: installation “Object- Orientalis” Richmond, VA.
2014 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: “After Botero’s After Velasquez” puppet commissioned for “VMFA Family Day: Colombia” displayed at VMFA’s Atrium.
2014 Art Space: Installation “Fodder:: Beauty” Richmond, VA.
2013 Museo Brasileiro de Escultura MUBE: “Gilded” Cupcake Project: São Paulo, Brazil.
2013 Art Museum of Americas AMA: “Procession – a Memorial Installation for the Dead” displayed in a mobile gallery. Washington, DC.
2013 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: “Chancay Puppets” commissioned for the VMFA’s Family Day: Peru displayed at VMFA’s Atrium September 21 and subsequently displayed at Focus Education Gallery. Work acquired for the VMFA Education collection.
2012 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Brazilian Carnaval Puppets presented at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Family Day: Brazil.
2011 6th Biennial International Miniature Invitational Think Small, Art Space: work “Eaves” made from human hair on fiberglass, displayed and featured in Style Magazine article, “Let’s Get Small.” November 2011. Richmond, VA.

AWARDS
2015 Awarded Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts in the category of Emerging Artist, Richmond, VA.
2016 Awarded “Woman in the Arts” by Style Magazine, Richmond, VA.

AWARD GRANTS
2017 Awarded Frey Foundation Seed-Grant to attend ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI (July)
2017 Awarded CultureWorks Grant, Richmond, VA.
2017 Awarded Richmond Memorial Health Foundation Visiting Artist Project Grant, Richmond, VA.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2017 Equal Justice International sponsored residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Santa Fe, NM
2017 The Anderson Gallery: Alumni Summer Studio Residency, VA.
2016 Vermont Center Studios: Artist resident, VT.
2015 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: artist resident during the exhibition “Rodin: Evolution of a Genius” Richmond, VA.