VOLTA NY 2018 Debut - Natascha Vazquez and John Cox / by Natascha Vazquez



John Cox (b. The Bahamas, 1973) is a mixed-media artist whose paintings and sculptures use familiar objects to reference distant places and ideas. They suggest a sense of consideration for thought and reflection, often times involving people and places from his memories, experiences and surroundings.

This recent body of work, A Long Walk Home, creates an intersection where past explorations merge into new conversations. The parallels of early Japanese Geisha culture and the complexity of the Caribbean hospitality industry continue to drive his narrative. Cox deliberately constructed elements of the work precariously, suggesting a kind of parallel to the dynamics connected to the convolution of Caribbean identity. 

Cox has an MA in Art’s Education and a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the Globe, including in France, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, the United States and the Caribbean. His work can be found in the collections at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, The D’Aguilar Art Foundation, the Lynden Pindling International Airport and the Dawn Davies Collection.

Cox is presently the Art Director at The Current Art Studio and Gallery at Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Natascha Vazquez (b. Spain, 1990) is an abstract painter whose work focuses on energetic interactions between biomorphic forms. She highlights these relationships in a sculptural way, creating a sense of 3-dimensionality through layered surfaces with both acrylic and vinyl paint.

There is a high-energy interplay of forms that allude to a kind of movement, contradictory to painting that is completely flat. The viewer is left contemplating the construction of the work, questioning where it might have started and ended, and its relationship with our surroundings. Vazquez draws inspiration from biology — forms in her work often imitate our own bodies and the organic world in which we live.

Vazquez has an MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in Painting from Rollins College, Florida. She has exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions in galleries in The Bahamas, France and The United States. Her work is a part of various collections, including The Savannah College of Art and Design Permanent Collection, The Dawn Davies Collection and The D’Aguilar Art Foundation.

Vazquez is presently the Curator at The Current Art Studio and Gallery at Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas.