Elizabeth Malaska’s paintings depict the female body occupying spaces of their own imagination—a strategy that casually reveals, rather than boldly exposes, these figures. The artist’s work draws inspiration from Jay DeFeo and Carolee Schneemann in compositions that expertly employ contemporary iconography. Malaska’s subjects are unafraid to either dream or weep, and their bodies remain defiantly autonomous.
Elizabeth Malaska was born in Portland, Oregon in 1978. The artist received a Masters in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College in Portland, Oregon in 2011, and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California in 2006.
Solo exhibitions of Malaska’s work have taken place at: the Schneider Museum in Ashland, Oregon; and Russo Lee Gallery in Portland, Oregon; among others.
Group exhibitions of Malaska’s work have taken place at: Alter Space in San Francisco, California; James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Washington; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon; and Oregon Contemporary in Portland, Oregon; among others.
Malaska’s work is held in numerous public collections, including: the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, Oregon; the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon; the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon; and the Strauss Family Foundation in Solana Beach, California.
In 2021, Malaska was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. The artist was a Joan Mitchell Foundation grantee in 2018.
Malaska lives and works in Portland, Oregon.