An exclusive art show for AA Vision made by Micaela Bishop.
This is an art exhibition called “Beauty out of box” by Laureta Ismailaj at O’Malley Library – Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY
Laureta Ismailaj was born in Tirana, Albania, where she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts (AFA). While attending the AFA, Laureta was awarded the First International Award, “Where We Live Now,” sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund in Istanbul, Turkey, and the PNUD United Nations Development Program Organization in Tirana, Albania. In 1996, she was the recipient of the “Roberto Carrescia” Gold Medal in an international juried competition in Rome, Italy. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Tirana Albania, Vienna Austria, Prishtina (Kosovo), Rome Italy, Istanbul Turkey, London UK, and New York. She moved to New York in 2000 to pursue a degree in Fashion design at the Parson’s School of Design, graduating in 2004.
In her paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photo images, Laureta does not conform to the style of any previous artist or period, but rather brings to life a universe all her own. Represented with a mixture of conventional and unconventional media, including oil, tempera, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, glass, and treated silk, this space is the contact the artist makes with nature, an empty and clear box that she fills with her inner creative force – ideas, lines, colors, and shapes. Even the clothing that she has designed is best understood as wearable art, a three-dimensional, visual feast that reaches the audience, especially women, in very tangible ways. Her recent works are created with transparent materials in order to let her inner universe not only shine through, but also merge with the outer, physical one.
Her work has been reviewed and included in numerous publications, such as the Latino Show Magazine; IFF Magazine; The New School Alumni catalogue, “Building a New Future;” the magazine of The New York Artist Equity Association; “The Artist Proof,” Mapo Magazine (Albania); Teuta Magazine (Kosovo and Albania); Expo Comics ’95 Fiera del Levante (Italy); and Net /Rrjet 2nd Edition (Kosovo). Laureta’s work has also been featured on National TV RTSH and Radio (Albania); TeleNorba Italia TV (Italy); AAVision (Bronx Net, New York); channel Vision Plus (Albania); channel Alsat (Albania); and RTK1 in the Morning show (Kosovo).
Her curatorial work includes the show: Art: A living Symbol of Love and Human Dignity, “Mother Teresa-Gonxhe Bojaxhiu,” which was exhibited in 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Presently, Laureta Ismailaj is a junior at Manhattan College, majoring in Art History and minoring in Digital Media.