ABOUT THE ARTIST
Eva Rocha is a multimedia artist from Brazil. After studying and working as a performer and a theater actress in Brazil, and studying art in the Andes of Peru, she moved to the United States where she began a career in the visual arts in 2011. In 2015, while using the space of a 200 square feet warehouse, in which she used multimedia installations to comment on media dehumanization, object-oriented trends and its relationship to current social issues such as human trafficking, she was honored with the Theresa Pollock Award for Excellence in the Arts in the category of Emerging Artist. In 2015 she was also selected as a “Woman in the Arts” by Style Magazine, an annual award recognizing women who have made an outstanding social impact through the arts; And her project Object-Orientalis, displayed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, won the People’s Choice Award in an event attended by twenty-one thousand people. Her work has been included in special exhibitions at the following museums: Art Museum of the Americas in 2013, Museu Brasileiro de Escultura in 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Virginia in 2015, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 2015, the King William Museum in 2016; The Valentine, the Black History Museum and the Taubman Museum in 2017.
2016 Master of Fine Arts: Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU School of the Arts: Richmond, VA USA. 2008 Art student at the Escuela de Arte Mario Urteaga: Cajamarca – PERU
2017 Black History Museum: work displayed during Richmond Health Memorial Foundation event: Richmond, VA (December)
2017 Santa Fe Art Institute: Installation “Severed” displayed during SFAI 140 event: Santa Fe, NM (November)
2017 ArtPrize, Michigan: Object-Orientalis installation among twenty selected by the public: Grand Rapids, MI (October)
2017 Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design: Grand Rapids, Michigan (Aug – Oct)
2017 Anderson Gallery Six Alumni residency show: Richmond, VA (Aug 6- Sept 30)
2017 Taubman Museum: Homeward Bound triennial: Roanoke, VA (Dec 16 – Jul 2017)
2017 Awarded ArtPrize Seed-Grant from Frey Foundation (July)
2017 Reynolds Gallery: Solo-thread work: Richmond, VA (July)
2017 Awarded CultureWorks Grant Richmond, VA (July)
2017 Awarded Richmond Memorial Health Foundation Visiting Artist Project Grant, RVA (June)
2017 Valentine Museum: “Chorus” installation displayed as part of “Our Hearts on Our Sleeves” exhibition Richmond, VA. (April 2017 – Jan 2018)
2016 William King Museum: installation “Bride”/”Dowry”/”Bulk” VA.
2016 Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA-VA: “New Waves 2016” VA.
2016 Awarded “Women in the Arts” by Style Magazine, VA.
2015 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts VMFA: artist resident during the exhibition “Rodin: Evolution of a Genius” Richmond, VA.
2015 Awarded “Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts” – in the category Emerging Artist: Richmond Magazine, VA.
2015 Winner of the 1708 Galery Inlight Festival People’s Choice Award at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ for 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 “VMFA Family Day: Peru” displayed at VMFA’s Atrium and at Focus Education Gallery. Work acquired for the VMFA Education collection.
2012 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.” Richmond, VA.
2015 Awarded Theresa Pollack 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.
2017 Awarded Richmond Memorial Health Foundation Visiting Artist Project Grant, Richmond, VA
2017 Awarded CultureWorks Grant, Richmond, VA.
2017 AwardedSeed-Grant from Frey Foundation to attend ArtPrize, Grand Grapids, MI.
2017 Santa Fe Art Institute: Social Justice International Sponsored Residency, Santa Fe, NM.
2017 The Anderson Gallery: Alumni Summer Studio Residency, VA.
2016 Vermont Center Studios: artist resident/ summer. VT.
2015 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: artist resident during the exhibition “Rodin: Evolution of a Genius” Richmond, VA.