Roberto Jamora

I am fascinated by systems and parallels within art and sports. People often learn major life lessons thru sports; among those lessons are rules, conflict, collective action, democracy, fairness, morality, ambition, circumstance, and hierarchy. In my series dealing with sports (mostly basketball), I paint marks and forms that correspond with actions and symbols found in basketball including brackets, suicide running drills, strategic play formations, trophies, and so on. Part of why I choose to paint with oil on canvas is because each rectangle is like a court or field where there are specific rules, logic, and history. The studio is like an arena where unscripted drama can take place.

In the “passing memory” series, I attempt to commit important events in my life to memory via painting. Each gradient is a vignette of an experience or place. I meditate over photos I’ve taken/have been tagged in on social media. I also mine color purely from memory. Cold wax and oil paint are swiped across the canvas to conceal extraneous possibilities and to limit sentimentality. A thin trace of landscape is revealed. Skin tones, days at the beach, climbing a mountain with a lover, my parents’ backyard, a city sidewalk. Color triggers these recollections.

Roberto Jamora
43-30 46th Street, Apt. 3C Sunnyside, Queens NY 11104
(757) 362 8052

born 1987, Annapolis, Maryland
lives in Queens, works in Brooklyn


2013 MFA Visual Arts, Purchase College, State University of New York
2009 BFA Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Visitor, Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, VA (solo exhibition)
2017 NURTUREart Annual Benefit, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

2016 Obstructed Views, Scott Charmin Gallery, Houston, TX (curatorial project)
2016 Sunny – A Summer Store, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA
2016 The Heart of the Matter (curated by Jessica Cochran), The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Chicago, IL

2015 SHIM Invitational 1, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY
2015 NURTUREart Annual Benefit, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Daang-Krus (curated by Ged Merino), Bliss on Bliss Art Projects, Queens, NY
2015 SIXTY MINUTES: Sixty Artists & Sixty Seconds of Video (curated by Courtney Childress), Vanity Projects,
Miami, FL & New York, NY
2015 Surface Matters (curated by Russell Tyler), Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA
2015 Working Artist, Academic Gallery, Queens, NY

2014 FRESH PUNCH (curated by Daniela Gomez Paz, Hilliary Gabryel, and Linda Rucina), Era VI VII VI, Queens, NY 2014 Hrönir: Un-Lost Things (curated by Hazel Lee Santino), Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Precious Moments, Open Space, Baltimore, MD
2014 NURTUREart Annual Benefit, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Appalach-wick, Art Helix, Brooklyn, NY (collaboration with Adam Brazil)
2014 Chronicle (curated by Edgar Meza), Scott Charmin Gallery, Houston, TX
2014 Fade and Spill Out and Peer at Another’s Whole (curated by Zachary Rawe and Jamie Felton), FJORD
Philadelphia, PA

2013 FRESH 10 (curated by Jason Andrew, John Silvis and Julian Jimarez Howard), OUTLET Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY 2013 MFA Thesis Group Exhibition, Sue Scott Gallery, New York, NY
2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY
2013 Six Degrees of Separation (curated by Jackie Cantwell and Molly Myer), The Bishop, Brooklyn, NY
2013 IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING, American University-Katzen Center for the Arts, Washington DC

2012 Divining Rod (curated by Faye Hirsch), Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY

2011 Make the Road by Walking (curated by Stamatina Gregory), Passage Gallery, Purchase, NY
2011 Survival in an Unknown Land, 1019A Gallery, Purchase, NY
2011 Mahal (curated by Patrick Cruz and Chaya Go), Yactac Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2011 I’m Going to Remember This for a Long Time, Borjo Coffeehouse, Norfolk, VA (solo exhibition)
2011 Blueprints (curated by Hannah Haworth and Aaron Valentin), Gitana Rosa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Exhibitions (Continued)

2010 AND BEYOND (curated by Margot Walsh), Parse Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2010 Nasaan?, Ishmael Bernal Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines
2010 Storm (curated by Jill Wickenheisser), Submerged Art Gallery, Newark, NJ
2010 Overstimulated, 210 Front St., South Street Seaport, New York, NY
2010 It’s Personal, St. Joseph’s College Alumni Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Wall-to-Wall, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
2009 Stimulus Package, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009 Postcolonial Power Hour, VCU Commons Gallery, Richmond, VA (two person show with Chino Amobi)

2008 Beyond the Barrelman, Mercury Cafe Gallery, Chicago, IL

Prizes and Awards

2017 New York Emerging Artist Grant Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2014 New York Emerging Artist Grant Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2011 Merit Scholarship, Purchase College, State University of New York
2008 Theresa Pollak Scholarship, VCU School of the Arts
2008 Bon Air Artists Association Scholarship, VCU School of the Arts

Residencies and Fellowships

2017 Artist-in-Residence, Joan Mitchell Center (forthcoming)
2014-2015 Emerging Artist-Teacher Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation
2013 Artist-in-Residence, Ragdale Foundation
2012 Minority Graduate Fellowship, Purchase College, State University of New York
2012 SUNY Graduate Fellowship, Purchase College, State University of New York
2010 Artist-in-Residence, Sambalikhaan Foundation
2009 Artist-in-Residence, ADA Gallery


Duende Literary. “Roberto Jamora – Duende”. Issue 3 :: Fall 15. 1 October 2015.


Joan Mitchell Foundation. “Announcing the Joan Mitchell Center 2017 Artists-in-Residence.” 15 February 2017.

Andrew, Jason. “Greenpoint Open Studios: 10 Must See Artists.” 25 April 2016.

Abelis, Ona. “Eight Brilliant Painters with Studios in Greenpoint”. 16 February 2015.

Hardt, Allison. “Distilling Abstraction at Fjord: To Fade and Spill Out And (And Look At Another’s Whole)”. 17 February, 2014.

ADA Gallery. “Roberto Jamora : ada gallery residency program 2009 !” 19 August 2009.

Work Experience

2015-2017      Admissions Counselor, School of Visual Arts
2015                Instructor for Youth and Pre-College Programs in the Arts, Purchase College, State University of New York
2015                Art Instructor, Private Picassos
2013-2014     Facilities Assistant, International Studio and Curatorial Program
2011-2013     Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purchase College, State University of New York