Roberto Jamora

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of receiving an Artist Community Engagement Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation to fund my socially engaged paintings. The title of my project, An Inventory of Traces, is inspired by Edward Said’s Orientalism where Said writes “In many ways my study of Orientalism has been an attempt to inventory the traces upon me, the Oriental subject, of the culture whose domination has been so powerful a factor in the life of all Orientals.” Thru abstraction, I wanted to celebrate the lives of immigrants. I met with immigrant artists and writers in NYC to learn about the traces the world has left upon them. Their stories inspired the color, composition, and literal traces on my paintings for which I am so grateful. The titles of these paintings are accompanied with the name of the person who inspired the piece. For example: Rituals (In Conversation with Diego Anaya).

Each gradient is a vignette of an experience or place in my Passing Memories series. I attempt to commit important events in my life to memory via painting. 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, the bayous in Louisiana where my ancestors once lived. Color triggers these recollections.

Born 1987, Annapolis, Maryland
Lives in Queens, works in Brooklyn
Education2013 MFA V isual Arts, Purchase College, State University of New York
2009 BFA Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Home Fiel d Advantage, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA (solo show)
2018 Constructing the Break, Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (curated by Allison Glenn)
2018 HOT! HOT! HOT!, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2018 Marks and Conversations, Topaz Arts, Queens, NY (two-person show with Maeve D’arcy)
2018 Everybody in the Pool, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
2018  Fool, Juice Box, Denver, CO (curated by Lucia Rodriguez and Aaron Mulligan)
2018  Salon Saturday, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY (solo pop-up exhibition and artist talk curated by Jason Andrew)
2017 Current Art Fair, Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, VA
2017 Visitor, Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, VA (solo exhibition)
2016 From Tha Roota To Tha Toota, Good Enough Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2016 daydreamer II, Quality Gallery, Oakland, CA
2016 Obstructed Views, Scott Charmin Gallery, Houston, TX (curatorial project)
2016 The Heart of the Matter, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Chicago, IL (curated by Jessica Cochran)
2015 SHIM Invitational 1, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Daang-Krus (cu rated by Ged Merino), Bliss on Bliss Art Projects, Queens, NY
2015 SIXTY MINUTES: Sixty Artists & S ixty Seconds of Video, Vanity Projects, Miami, FL & New York, NY (curated by Courtney Childress),
2015 Surface Matters, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA (curated by Russell Tyler)
2015 Working Artist, Academic Gallery, Queens, NY
2014 FRESH PUNCH, Era VI VII VI, Queens, NY (curated by Daniela Gomez Paz, Hilliary Gabryel, and Linda Rucina)
2014 Hrönir: Un-Lost Things, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Hazel Lee Santino)
2014 Precious Moments, Open Space, Baltimore, MD
2014 Appalach-wick, Art Helix, Brooklyn, NY (collaboration with Adam Brazil)
2014 Chronicle, Scott Charmin Gallery, Houston, TX (curated by Edgar Meza)
2014 Fade and Spill Out and Peer at Another’s Whole, FJORD, Philadelphia, PA (curated by Zachary Rawe and Jamie Felton)
2013 FRESH 10, OUTLET Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Jason Andrew, John Silvis, and Julian Jimarez Howard)
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, The Bishop, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Jackie Cantwell and Molly Myer)
2013 IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING, American University-Katzen Center for the Arts, Washington DC 2012 Divining Rod, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY (curated by Faye Hirsch)
2011 Make the Road by Walking, Passage Gallery, Purchase, NY (curated by Stamatina Gregory)
2011 Mahal, Yactac Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada (curated by Patrick Cruz and Chaya Go)
2011 I’m Going to Remember This for a Long Time, Borjo Coffeehouse, Norfolk, VA (solo exhibition)
2011 Blueprints, Gitana Rosa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Hannah Haworth and Aaron Valentin)
2010 AND BEYOND, Parse Gallery, New Orleans, LA (curated by Margot Walsh)
2010 Nasaan?, Ishmael Bernal Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines
2010 Storm, Submerged Art Gallery, Newark, NJ (curated by Jill Wickenheisser)
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 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

2018 New York Emerging Artist Grant Nomination, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2018 Artist Community Engagement Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2017 New York Emerging Artist Grant Nomination, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2014 New York Emerging Artist Grant Nomination, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2011 Merit Scholarship, Purchase College, State University of New York
2008 Theresa Pollak Scholarship, VCU School of the Arts
2008Bon Air Artists Association Scholarship, VCU School of the Arts

Residencies and Fellowships

2018 Artist-in-Residence, Ragdale Foundation
2017 Artist-in-Residence, Joan Mitchell Center
2014 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


Filipino American Artist Directory / 2018 Edition. “Roberto Jamora.” Calamansi Press, 2018.

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


Rema Hort Mann Foundation. “2018 ACE Grantees NYC.” 28 February 2018.

The FilAm. “Directory of Fil-Am artists coming out in 2018 – GMA News” 1 December 2017.

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.

Turcihin, Olya. “Being Lost and Found in Bushwick – Arte Fuse.” 24 November 2014.

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