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Judelka Florival

The paintings of Judelka Florival (Barahona, Dominican Republic, 1971) tell the stories of three complex and contrary homelands, all wracked by questions of identity: Haiti, the US, and the Dominican Republic.  She has shown her work at the African-American Museum of Philadelphia (“On the Verge…: Young Women Artists”), the Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art in Philadelphia (“6 African American Artists Select 6 Emerging Artists”), and has taught Spanish at the University of Penn, Ursinus College, and Collegium Charter School, among others.  “My work,” says the artist of her paintings, “gives me the freedom to voice my opinions about what is happening around me.  Some people are still wondering who they are, whereas I never questioned it.  I always knew who I was: Dominican, Haitian, and American.”

--BRUCE JENSEN
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