Photograph by Andrea Lo, 2018

Photograph by Andrea Lo, 2018

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist, arts educator, activist, storyteller & curator who lives and works in Oakland, California. Branfman-Verissimo’s work is informed by her commitment to craft and community, her engagement with society, and interests in storytelling and cultural geography. Through the processes of story collecting, printmaking, painting and sculpture building, she strives to re-create and re-tell her personal tales and those of the people that surround her. These tactile, process-based mediums reflect the multi-layered complexity of the voices echoed in her work. Through interacting with her art, viewers are prompted to recall and tell their own stories, offering power and weight to the creation of a larger dialogue.

Lukaza is fascinated by the relationship of the individual to society. With her mixed identity as a queer, Jewish-American, African-Brazilian woman, it places her in a midst of numerous communities nationally and abroad. Her stories are intertwined with those of many others. The engaging process of gathering the narratives of people and communities that surround her is on equal ground with the artistic craft of telling them.

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo received her BFA from California College of the Arts. She has had solo exhibitions at Deli Gallery [Long Island City, NY], Lago Projects and E.M. Wolfman [Oakland, CA], Bolivar Gallery [Los Angeles, CA] and Boom Concepts [Pittsburgh, PA]. Her work has been included in exhibitions and performances at EFA Project Space [New York City, NY], STNDRD [Steuben,WI], Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art [New York City, NY], San Francisco State University Gallery, Signal Center for Contemporary Art [Malmo, Sweden], September Gallery [Hudson, NY], San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka Art University, The Berkeley Art Museum, UNTITLED Art Fair [San Francisco, CA] and San Francisco Arts Commission, amongst others. She is the lead curator at Nook Gallery, a gallery in her home kitchen and the Visual Arts Editor for the New Life Quarterly Magazine.