Clarissa Payne Uvegi is a contemporary figurative artist whose work is noted for its boldness and candor. With a disarming, unabashed honesty and penetrating vision, her paintings often open us up to a deeper understanding of our own emotions, as well as those of the model and artist. She achieves this penetrating perception with a powerfully energetic use of color and line.
In describing her work, Clarissa has said, “… the study of the figure is an ongoing, compelling process, especially when painting from life.
“The self is the ever-present ‘model’. For this reason, I often return to self-portraiture, using a mirror. Being my own model affords me all the time I need. It is that freedom of time which allows greater opportunity to get to the essence beneath the surface.”
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Clarissa has studied art at Douglass College, Rutgers University, graphic design at Parsons School of Design and drawing and painting at the Art Students League of New York. She lives in New York City with her husband, two children and their bird, Sunny.
1979 -1981 Parsons School of Design Annual Group Shows
1978 Douglass College, Rutgers University Library Group Show
**Best in Group Show