Aya Rodriguez-Izumi
Class of 2017
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Okinawa, Japan Harlem, New York

Aya Rodriguez-Izumi is an artist living and working in Harlem whose practice includes, painting, drawing, sculpture and music. She has spent her life moving back and forth between New York City and her birthplace of Okinawa, Japan. Being half Cuban/Puerto Rican and Okinawan/Japanese, socio-cultural identity has always been a focus of her work and life. Since graduating from Parsons the New School for Design she has been included in various group shows and has shown at such venues as MoCADA, Skylight Gallery and Michael Mutt Gallery. 

<p>My work deals with how social standards such as beauty, gender and self-image affect our cultural identity. I am interested in how communication and exchange between peoples inform our ever-changing process of enculturation and mold our understanding of these social standards. I approach these themes by comparing personal experiences to generally accepted social mores. Through physically utilizing various media and conceptually pushing together disparate themes, I investigate the diversity of cultural expression along various levels: mainstream, sub and pop cultural.&nbsp;</p>
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, class of 2017

The MFA Fine Arts program reflects the diversity of New York’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. Our main goals are to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students can thrive and develop as artists, to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary art and other cultural forms, and to produce an ongoing conversation, through work as much as through words, about what we make, how we make it and why.

The MFA Fine Arts program attracts ambitious emerging artists from many countries and backgrounds. In their commitment to art, and to one another, they provide a foundation for artistic growth that extends beyond graduation and forms an ongoing platform of professional support.