Augustina Droze’s optically powerful paintings depict arrangements of flowers, fish, birds, moths, and insects magnified and organized into symmetrical compositions that elaborately explore androcentrism, specifically western culture’s pattern of emphasizing masculine points of view. Her current work is inspired by her time in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar creating murals to empower underprivileged girls. In tribute to the courage and strength of the young girls, Droze created a series of paintings which shroud them in ceremonial puja flowers. The electric colors of her paintings and inverted mandala shaped installation of approximately 160 fabric stuffed flowers capture the intensity of India.
Born in Detroit Michigan, Droze received a BBA from the University of Cincinnati in 2003 and a MFA from the University of Buffalo in 2015. She works as a public artist and muralist, art instructor, and studio artist. Her paintings can be seen in galleries and collections across the country such as the Castellani Art Museum in Niagara Falls New York, Addington Gallery in Chicago Illinois, and the Birchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo New York. Droze has worked with a variety of public art agencies including The Chicago Public Art Group, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, The Indianapolis Arts Council, and Cleveland Public Art, as well as large corporations including the Forbes Company.
She has traveled to Colombia to work in collaboration with the Centro Cultural Colombo Americano (CCCA), the U.S. Embassy Bogota, and the community members in Cali, Palmira, and Buga to create artwork showcasing how ecofeminist renewal can lead to social inclusion across class, ethnic, and cultural divides. She currently lives and works in Beijing China where she is receiving her PhD and continuing her efforts to empower girls and women through the creation of art.
View images from Droze's 2018 BoxHeart Exhibition, Puja.