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Sylvia Ji Sylvia Ji was born in 1982, and raised in San Francisco, California, where she received her BFA at the Academy of Art University. Upon graduation in 2005, she relocated to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Ji's work has been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions including White Walls, Thinkspace, BLVD Gallery, and Art Basel's Art Fair Now. She has been profiled in publications such as Juxtapoz, Trace, and Mesh Magazine, and her painting 'Dona Dolorosa' was on the cover of the LA Weekly. Sylvia Ji is a master of capturing the dark side of the beautiful and the sublime. Macabre 'Day Of The Dead' catrinas mix with exotic empresses, with a haunting elegance. Ji's imagery is a visual mix of life and death, combining sacred symbols with mystical and sometimes glamorous images. Influenced by historical costumes, Ji incorporates details such as luxurious tapestries, ornamental feathers, and gold leafing into her work to achieve a more elaborate and decorative effect. Ji's work creates an enticing beauty that is modern and cutting edge while also incorporating time-honored technique. Her paintings are symbolic reflections of herself, portraits of people she knows or nameless faces set in a landscape of strange, decaying beauty. Her voice is unique, at once contemplative, spiritual, mysterious and yet whimsical and funny. Above all else, it is beauty that emerges as her real object, and her art reflects this. It is both an extension of herself and a passionate appreciation of the simple aesthetic pleasure residing in sometimes very complex subject matter. Several of these gypsy-like women Ji has painted with sugar skull make up are dressed like the Virgin of Guadalupe. This gives the paintings power, because of the strength embodied by the Virgin of Guadalupe holds, but it also gives Guadalupe the hard stare and haunting presence that the other…...

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