Shaina Craft is an American artist living and working in London. She graduated from the New York Academy of Art in 2015 with an MFA in painting and also completed her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. She is now a 2021-22 artist in residence at The Sarabande Foundation established by Lee Alexander McQueen.
Shaina creates figurative oil paintings and works on paper that reject the hyperfeminization of the body. Shaina’s work denies agency to the viewer and gives control back to the subject by interrupting your gaze with a filter. She does this by averting her model’s gaze, turning her away from you, or covering her face with a mask. Shaina exaggerates her color palette to emphasize the texture and transparency of flesh, and to create an ambiance reflecting the temperament of her subject.
Shaina’s work is collected internationally and has been shown in museums and galleries across the United States including The Pennsylvania State Museum, The Untitled Space NYC, and The Masur Museum of Art, as well as Abend Gallery in Denver. Shaina’s work has been recognized by publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, and she was named Ambassador of the Week in Realism Today. In 2022, Shaina’s work will head to the moon on Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lunar Lander as part of the Peregrine Collection.