Jessica Maffia is a visual artist born and raised in New York City. Maffia’s work has been exhibited throughout the US, and is in the collection of works at Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn. Her recent solo exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea featured her large, photorealistic pencil drawings of urban cracks and residue, producing unexpectedly beautiful decorative surfaces. The artist is the recipient of 8 artist residency fellowships and a grant from the Hell’s Kitchen Foundation. Her work is featured on the covers of Fabio Gironi's philosophy book “Naturalizing Badiou” and Firas Sulaiman’s latest book “As if My Name is a Mistaken Sign.”
Maffia’s work draws upon the embedded history found on the surfaces of the city’s streets, sidewalks and buildings. Colorful, gritty, worn and aged, the surfaces can appear to the artist as artworks in their own right.