Photograph of Artist JOVANKA MAGANA
JOVANKA MAGANA
Washington, DC - United States



Original Artworks (4)

Jovanka Magana; You Are Nothing But Hound Dog, 2007, Original Painting Acrylic, 11 x 14 inches. Artwork description: 241  I painted Lisa Marie Presley holding back her daughter's head, Riley, away from a guy that she wants to passionately kiss.  When I saw this picture, I immediately wanted to paint it, since it was so odd.   ...
Jovanka Magana
Original Acrylic Painting, 2007
11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
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Jovanka Magana; Annas Plea To Britney, 2007, Original Watercolor, 24 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241  I painted this picture of Anna Nicole Smith as how it would of felt to end the way she did.   ...
Jovanka Magana
Original Watercolor, 2007
24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
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Jovanka Magana; Who Needs An Education, 2007, Original Painting Acrylic, 24 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting was before Paris started getting all the attention about her parole. She is portrayed like a person who can do whatever she wants, even though everybody can't stand her for that. ...
Jovanka Magana
Original Acrylic Painting, 2007
24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
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Jovanka Magana; Shaved Brit, 2007, Original Painting Acrylic, 60 x 40 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting was done right after Britney went Bezerk and shaved her head.  I thought it was really outragous that CNN and all the mass media made such a big deal about her shaving her head. ...
Jovanka Magana
Original Acrylic Painting, 2007
60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm)
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Artist Statement

I believe art should build an awareness within us and create, as much as possible, a collective disposition towards improving ourselves as individuals and, by extension, the world.

In my art, I revive and reconcile traditional figurative painting with pop culture in order to produce a work that shows contemporary obsession with the media. I use different brushstrokes and techniques, showing intimate portraits with or without lettering. My work is based on photographs mainly from tabloid, fashion magazines and personal photographs in order to reproduce a work of art defining the celebrity or wannabe's.

For example, in my painting of Anna’s Final Plea to Britney, one of Ana Nicole's last picture before her death, Anna and her baby were painted in layers of light browns with light pinks and yellows while using large watercolor brushes in order to layer the background. I painted her hair in the lightest pale yellow to show her bleached-out hair against her amazon tan large body, while holding her tiny delicate baby. In this painting, the pale pink color intensifies the expressive maternal pose presenting her baby, looking hopeless while in a state of limbo. The original source came from an Us Weekly magazine two weeks before her death. The red lettering was added after the painting was made, in dripping strokes, emulating her feelings for Britney from her personal diary.

In all my works, I try to offer a new provocative and seductive approach to traditional portraiture. My paintings demand time in execution and viewing them are just as critical in relationship to our mass media images dominated by technology.

I believe that my art is like a celebrity opening itself to criticism, exposed to the world through images that are significant because they are viewed more importantly, as the person behind the work. My main concern in my artwork is the attainment to achieve a cherished portrayal of a truthful, untainted, vision of reality devoid of any distortion by our mainstream media outlets and our ruling corporatist elites....