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Jessica Alfonso
  • 43, Female
  • Montreal
  • Canada
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College / University
BFA Concordia University 2000; 2012-2018 14 Science undergraduate courses for qaulifying: graduate school: Occupational Therapy dual Ph.D/Masters
Program / Degree
May 1, 2000
Member type
Artist, Other
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Event, Painting, Performance, Sculpture
I am...
Jessica Alfonso was born a fraternal twin, February 16th, 1977 in Montreal, growing up in the Laurentians. Her true name is 'Diaz' and is in actuality, the name of her Cuban grandfather (Boulivar Diaz) who, upon fleeing Cuba during the 1930's, purchased the papers of a man named Tony Alfonso. Her ethnicity combines both a Cuban and Irish heritage.

The artist’s creativity was cultivated by her father’s skilled guidance from an early age. She has garnered artistic awards, winning the Barbara Foreman Art Award in 1987-88, and L.R.H.S art award in 1994. A graduate from Concordia University (2000), and she is also a former member of the Concordia Art Collective. Her work can also be found in numerous private collections, across Canada and in Europe.


Awards and Honors:

1993-19994 - L.R.H.S. Art Award
1987-1988 – Barbara Forman Art Award

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Little Angels Charity New Year’s Eve event 2007 – Club Lambi; live painting with Judith Brisson.

Usine 106U, December, 2006, Montreal, QC (Eric Braün, La puce à l’agonie, Yves Milet-Desfougères, Mimi, Traillette, Rupert Bottenberg, Iris, Arthur Desmarteaux, Allison Moore, Jessica Alfonso, Hollie Dzama, Serene Daoud, , Richard Suicide and Guy Boutin.)

Apathy is Boring,
October 2006 (from live painting event, May 2006) Montreal, QC

Souk Machines, live painting event, August 2006, Montreal, QC

Gallery V, P O L Y M Y T H O P O L I S, June 2006 (dual exhibit with Father, Franklin Alfonso’s Watercolors) Montreal, QC

The Art Collective, VAV building, April 2006, Montreal, QC
Signature Boutique, Group Show, Nov-Dec 2005, Montreal, QC


His Excellency (former O.P.E.C Chairman) M.D Abdulai, Private Collection, Vienna, Austria.
Yale Properties Limited, Dave and Francine Machelle, private collection, Mtl, Que.
Mohamed Abdulai (owned by the late Ahmed Abdulai), Mtl, Que.
Mr. & Mrs. Gonnard, Private Collection, Mtl, Que.
M.D Drago Tzokovich, Private Collection, Mtl, Que.
Group Access, Mr. Doug Elie, private collection, Mtl, Que.
John Hislop, Black and Blue Productions, Mtl. Qc.
L.R.H.S mural installation, Lachute, Que.
Peter and Carol Radford, Private Collection, Oakville Ont.
Mr. & Mrs. Hartal, Mtl, Que.

Articles and Reviews:

The Montreal Mirror, page 33; Dec 20 – Jan. 2, 2007, Vol. 23 # 27
Related article for same event as above, The Montreal Gazette: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/arts/story.html?id=d3706...

The Montreal Mirror, page 15; Nov. 30 - Dec. 6th, Vol. 22, # 24
Global TV – Art Matters Event, March 2006, The Art Collective, feature
Concordia’s The Journal – ‘Art matters all over town 100 artists exhibiting in 20 venues across Montreal’, MARCH 9, 2006 | VOL. 1, NO. 9


Versatile Exhibition catalogue, ‘Gender and Space: Antoinetta Presti’s: “Suburbia” ’, VAV Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, 1999

Work in art field:
(June 2001- August 2001) Art Director
Trails End Summer camp: all age groups (6-16)

(July 2000- Oct. 2000) Junior Artist Assistant: ALEXANDRIUM FINE ARTS INC., under artist, Eric Waugh.

(June 1999 – Aug. 1999) Art Teacher – Dawson Community Center (after school program and summer camp director: Animated activities (ages 6-12)

(1998 – 99) Chez Doris (women’s homeless shelter in Montreal) Teaching Art – theme – Transformative Power of Wings.

(1999) Concordia University – taught in Saturday Morning Art Program, group 9-12 year olds.

(1995-96) Art Teacher – after school program, Ecole Saint –Joseph La Prairie


Concordia University
B.F.A. – Art Education/Studio Arts Graduate 2000

Person Vocational School: Préposé aux Bénéficiaires
Employed since 2010: MUHC (Montreal General Hospital site)

Concordia University: undergraduate courses 2012-2018(14)to enhance profile as a candidate for graduate school & qualify for dual degree in Occupational Therapy Professional M.Sc/PhD 5 year program.
Volunteer work:Trained Peer Mentor (third cohort)2018 RTP program, MUHC
Montreal Shriners Hospital during my BFA
About my artwork
A sense of immediacy and emotional resonance are elemental within Jessica’s work enjoys evoking the modern mythical (un)consciousness. An ethnicity that combines Cuban and Irish heritage contributes to this sensibility of seeking to subvert notions of what is seen and digested in popular culture, with the sacred, prophetically inclined and the numinous. This creates a tension of sorts, as iconic symbols are implemented to question, and seek into narratives that flow within contemporary perception.

Visionary art, the Erotic, Symbolism, and esoteric explorations are fundamentally vital to how I conceptualize most of the work that I create.

Not all my work has been photographed. There is one from 2008 in particular (The Watchtower); and copious amounts of drawings from years of work when I was a child that have not been documented professionally.

Right now:

Working again. Have not been active in 12 years. Will complete a series of 5 large pieces which are largely symbolic in nature. They are also the largest I have ever worked. I usually work quite large. More recently, I had a very fluid set of images which has produced these ideas, which are now being made. I am quite grateful for this inspiration, and am applying myself accordingly with great respect for it. I know it is unprecedented and powerful.

***There will be 9 new works in total. They are representational, narrative & symbolic in nature. Themes of transformation, dualities, and hidden/expressed power are explored.***
***FOR INQUIRIES: studiodiaz@gmail.com / 438-838-9153/What's Up***
Artists I like
Symbolist artists & the Erotic; André Durand; Anselm Kiefer; Bansky; Félix González-Torres; Damien Hirst; Marc Quinn; Bruce Nauman; Jenny Saville; Albert Oehlen; Andy Goldsworthy; Janet Cardiff; Tacey Emin; Chris Ofili; H. R. Giger;Kris Martin; Marc Seguin; Rick Leong;Tom Hobkins....and so many more to name!
Music, reading, walking & pondering, socializing; going to art openings.
Centre of the artworld:
New York, London, Berlin

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