Alexandra Karamallis is a New York-based artist and textile designer who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. After working in the fashion/textile industry for several years, she felt an intense longing to make paintings. She works primarily in gouache and watercolor with elements of collage, but has recently begun to explore the realm of oil painting.
Alexandra’s Iranian heritage is a central theme of her work. Identifying as a member of the Baha’i Faith--an oppressed minority in Iran--and having grown up in the States, she has never been able to travel to Iran. The longing for connection to her heritage and the birthplace of her Faith, Karamallis’s work is deeply informed by visual themes in Persian culture as well as deeper issues such as the oppression of women, expression, and minority faiths within the context of oppressive authoritarian regimes. Alexandra travels to Cape Town annually and has been captivated by the beauty of the land, vegetation, people and rich culture. She aims to draw attention to beauty in diversity, with particular emphasis on marginalized cultures through the depiction of gardens, the juxtaposition of nature and architecture, and intimate depictions of the rural landscape. She strives to make art that is at once thought provoking and joyful.
Rhode Island School of Design Bachelor of Fine Arts, Textile Design. Graduated with honors.