Claudia Bitran, working primarily in painting and video, frequently uses DIY aesthetics to represent the hyperbolic worlds of social media and popular culture. The artist employs a wide range of painting strategies to metamorphosize her source material, resulting in dense and thick surfaces that transform the content of the artist’s videos. Bitran’s work invites viewers to empathize with the figures they depict—while simultaneously exploring how images become part of the endless cycle of mass consumption that happens online.
Claudia Bitran, born in 1986, holds an MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island (2013) and a BFA from the Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile (2009).
Solo exhibitions of Bitran’s work have taken place at: Walter Storms Galerie in Munich, Germany (2020-2021); Spring Break Art Show in New York City (2020), Muhlenberg College Gallery in Allentown, Pennsylvania (2018-2019); Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2018); the Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City (2018); Roswell Museum and Art Center in Roswell, New Mexico (2017), and the Museo de Artes Visuales in Santiago, Chile (2016).
Bitran has completed residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in New York City (2014); the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska (2014); the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in Roswell, New Mexico (2016); the Smack Mellon Studio Program in Brooklyn, New York (2017); Outpost Projects in Flamingo Heights, California (2018); and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York (2020-2021).
Bitran has received numerous grants and awards, including: The New York Trust Van Lier Fellowship; the Hammersley Grant, the Emergency Grant for Artists — Foundation for Contemporary Arts; the Jerome Foundation Grant for Emerging Filmmakers; the 1st Prize Britney Spears Dance Challenge; the 1st Prize UFO McDonald’s Painting Competition; and 1st honorable mention at Bienal de Artes Mediales from the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile.
Bitran’s studio is in Brooklyn, New York.