ABOUT

 

Rai Alexandra Acosta de Ivanic (b. 1973, Caracas) is a Venezuelan-born multiracial, multidisciplinary artist living and working in New York City. Rai’s early work is inspired by both, the bold experimentation of the Abstract Expressionists, and her love for the Arte Povera movement: textural, emotive and resourceful. She has been included in group exhibitions at Rush Art Gallery, New York, NY (2016), Verge Art Fair/Frieze Week, New York, NY (2014), Trade School at the Whitney, New York, NY (2011), and School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (2011). Rai has also received a few small commissions, including M&M Design International, New York, NY (2013), WebMD, New York, NY (2011). She studied at The New School  Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts and Art Students League.

EDUCATION

The International End of Life Doula Association, New Jersey, End-of-Life Studies, 2018-Present
Parsons School of Design, The New School, Humanities Major 2008-2011

School of Visual Arts, New York, Fine Arts Studies, 2009-2011

Art Students League, New York, Fine Arts Studies, 2009-2011

 


COMMISSIONS

M&M Design International, New York, 2013: http://mandmgallery.com/rai_alexandra/designs.php

WebMD, New York, 2011: large-scale custom architectural installation, “7 Pillars of Wisdom”

https://artefuse.com/rai-alexandra-seven-pillars-375tm-retouched


 

EXHIBITIONS

21st Century Abstract Painting & Sculpture, 2016: Curated by Gerald Jackson, Rush Arts, New York

Verge Art Fair, Frieze Week, New York, 2014: selected to present “First Aid” series 

See.me, 2014: selected to showcase original work for a web-based arts organization

8th Annual Benefit for the Katherine M. Taglialatella Foundation, New York, 2012

The Hand One is Dealt, School of Visual Arts, New York, 2011

Help by Design Benefit for Japan, New York, 2011

Whitney Museum: Trade School at the Whitney, New York, 2011

 

 

COLLABORATIONS

Death Over Dinner Series, Los Angeles & New, York - 2019 to Present

Death Salon with Olivia Barham, Beverly Hills, 2019

LyftedUp.org Video Series, Los Angeles, 2018
 

 

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

“Cancer Confessions,” 2015 https://vimeo.com/raialexandra

“Cancer Confessions,” 2015 https://vimeo.com/137328574

SaatchiArt page https://www.saatchiart.com/RaiAlexandra

ArteFuse, “On The Verge of Glory,” 2014

Artfully Walls, 2014 https://www.artfullywalls.com/artists/48/rai-alexandra

ICFF Show, M&M Design International, “Introducing New Collection by Rai Alexandra,” 2013 http://www.mandmgallery.com/rai_alexandra/designs.asp

ArteFuse, “Rai Alexandra: The E-ZEN-tial Elements of Being an Artist,” 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G301FF73FAk

The Measure/L Magazine, F.A.D. Weekend, 2010