Adriana Oliver

Barcelona, 1990


Adriana Oliver is best known for her flat, Pop-inspired portraits of faceless men and women, which riff on 1950s and 1960s film stills. Her figures, which she paints in muted blocks of color and demarcates with thick, black outlines, lack individuality as the artist reduces them to signifiers of traditional masculinity and femininity. Oliver got her start in photography before moving on to painting, which she feels is better suited to narrative nuance. With her spare and haunting style, she invites viewers to reflect on how gender is constructed.

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