Oil paint and the figure have been a constant source of inspiration for my work. There is nothing more beautiful than a great painting, that which grips the public through centuries of change. In the stillness of the imagery and its simplicity, is all its force. I find in painting, with the presence of the figure and the slowness of the process, the intimacy which I so strive for is achieved. Time becomes a precarious friend, allowing its imagery to unfold.
Biography: Born in California 1963 Education 1987-91 The Bruchion School, student with Jan Saether, Los Angeles, CA. 1986-87 Post Graduate Diploma of Art, The Byam Shaw School of Art, London, England. 1983-85 University of California, Los Angeles, CA. B.A.; Summa Cum Laude. 1983 Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Manhattan, NYC. 1982-83 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Awards 1994-2004 Artists Talk On Art Award. SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, artist’s panel talk and The Lab exhibition. NY. 2004 Audrey Hope Shirk Memorial Award. "113th Annual Exhibition". National Association of Women Artists. NY. 2002 Susan Kahn Award. "113th Annual Exhibition". National Association of Women Artists. NY. 2002 Outstanding Painting Prize, "CAA National Prize Show", The Cambridge Art Association. Cambridge, MA. 2002 Juror's Award, Book Art Press, "New Art International 2002". Juried International Fine Art Publication. Woodstock, NY. 2002 Juror's Award, "International Contemporary Painting". Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT. 1999 Best of Show, "Silverhawk Fine Arts Internet Exhibition". Taos, NM. 1999 Donor Award, "Northern National Juried Art Competition". Nicolet College Gallery, Rhinelander, WI. 1999 Studio Prize, "Woman: In the Broader Sense". St. Louis Artists' Guild and the Woman's Caucus for Art, St. Louis, MO. 1998 Juror's Award, National Juried Exhibition Celebrating Israel's 50th Anniversary, Jewish Community Center, New Haven, CT. 1998 2nd Place, "Texas National 98", SFA Gallery, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX. 1998 2nd place, "Inland Exhibition XXXIII", San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA. 1997 Juror's Award, "W & J National Painting Show", Washington, PA. 1997 Honorable Mention, "National Juried Art Exhibition". Highland Cultural Center Art Gallery, NY. 1997 2nd Prize, Painting, "Hearts and Other Body Parts". Ashwell Gallery, Beverly, MA. 1996 Best of Show, Painting, "4th Annual Juried Exhibition". Havre De Grace Museum, MD. 1994 Selected One Person Exhibitions 2007 "Love. Loss and The Ring of Fire", Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM. (catalog). 2006 "Love. Loss and The Ring of Fire", New Art Center, NYC. (catalog). 2003 Taos Gallery, Taos, NM. 2001 "The Life of Butterflies", Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA. Travelling to Lynne White’s-Shriver Gallery, Taos, NM. (catalog). 1996 Victoria Maase Stoll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. 1993 "Joining Duality of Male and Female", Paintings, Text, Movement, Video, A.C.E. Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. 1992 "External/Internal", Van Go's Ear, Venice, CA. 1991 "Women's Souls", Market Street Gallery, Venice, CA. Bibliography and Publications (1990-2006) 2006 Phoenix, Casa Editrice Palomar, Italy. Book cover image. 2005 Reflections Artists Journal Vol. 1, Margaret L. Holmes publisher and editor. May 2005, p. 9. 2003 The Taos News, Tempo Magazine, "Kleefeld's Cut of the Cards". March 13-19, 2003, p. 4. 2002 The Boston Globe, Weekend Arts & Performance, "Focus on the figurative in CAA prize exhibit". May 31, 2002. p. E17, E20. Her Mark 2002 Calendar, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. National Juried Competition. Book Art Press, "New Art International 2002", Juried International Fine Art Publication, Woodstock NY, p. 12, 13, 14, 15. 2000-2001 "Michael Hearne, Sight & Sound, Songs Inspired by the Fine Art of Northern New Mexico", Valley Entertainment, compact disc sleeve and song written to artwork. September, 2001, p. 9, 10. THE Magazine "Claudia Eve Kleefeld: The Life of Butterflies". May 2001, p.49. Erie Times-News SHOWCASE "Enter Claudia's World: The Life of Butterflies". February 22, 2001. Cover, p.17-S, 32-S. Pasatiempo "Hints of mystery, Kleefeld's oils in Taos". March 30-April 5, 2001. Inside cover, p. 17. The Taos News "The Life of Butterflies, Claudia Kleefeld redefines magical realism". March 29, 2001. Cover, p. 16, 17, 18, 19. TAOS Magazine "Altered Perception, Claudia Kleefeld's provocative paintings embrace subjective reality". March/April 2001. p.12, 13, 14. THE Magazine "Universe of Artist Claudia Kleefeld". December 2000-January 2001, p.14, 15. "The Final Curtain - The Ultimate Best of Falco" Compact Disc, EMI Electrola; full image inside booklet. Wiener Magazine "Falco" Austria, February, p. 6 and p. 24 – 29. 1998 Privacy Falco - No Official Use Herausgegeben von Maria Holzel, Austria. Book with full page image, 1998, p.6. 1996 The Taos News Cover story, "Artist Claudia Kleefeld Gets Down to Work - Raw Art". September 26, 1996, p. C12, C13. 1994 360 degrees Spring issue, text from "Joining Duality of Male and Female", p. 6, 7. 1993 Falco, "Nacht Flug" Compact Disc; full page Compact Disc cover sleeve, 1993. Rogers Television, interview on "Joining Duality of Male and Female", Vancouver, British Columbia, 1993. Women's Vision, Co-op radio interview, 1993. 1991 Daily Bruin Soul Searcher "UCLA Graduate Explores The Inner Worlds of Women". June 3, 1991, p. 1, 22. Malibu Times "Artist's Talents Run in the Family". May 16, 1991, p. B12. Argonaut "Women's Souls'; Kleefeld's Show Depicts Vulnerability and Power of Females". May 16, 1991, p. B1. 1990 Libido "External/Internal, Photographs by Claudia Kleefeld", Summer issue, 1990, p. 1, 59-61.
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