Alia El-bermani

Hear Me, oil, 40 x 30" (102 x 76 cm)

International Artist - - The Art Of The Portrait -


My paint­ing Hear Me de­picts my friend Ta­mara. She is a tiny per­son with a big per­son­al­ity who has in­spired sev­eral of my works. Over the course of sev­eral years, while pos­ing for me and my classes, we have had some won­der­ful con­ver­sa­tions about what it is to be fe­male to­day and for her, what it is to be an African-amer­i­can woman. We both agree, that there is still much ground to be made to­ward eq­uity in all lev­els of our so­ci­ety. This paint­ing is a re­sponse to help raise the voices of women.


Grow­ing up, I thought my brother was the artist of the fam­ily. It came so nat­u­rally for him. I knew I en­joyed mak­ing art, but I didn’t have con­fi­dence in my skill to dare to dream to be an artist. In­stead, I in­vested most of my time into be­com­ing a dancer. By my sopho­more year in high school I was danc­ing pro­fes­sion­ally with the Bos­ton Bal­let. Af­ter high school, I briefly at­tempted to be a dou­ble ma­jor be­tween dance and art at a large lib­eral arts col­lege in Rhode Is­land. I quickly burned out and de­cided to take some time off to de­cide my fu­ture. I did a lot of re­search into de­gree grant­ing art pro­grams that had a strong em­pha­sis on teach­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tional skills and found La­guna Col­lege of Art and De­sign. There I learned not only the skills of see­ing, paint­ing and draw­ing, but I was also en­cour­aged to de­velop my con­cepts. Dis­cov­er­ing the “how” and “why” be­came equally im­por­tant and in­grained in my process.

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