Marcella Colavecchio is an Austin based artist known for her vibrant enthusiasm for color, which is manifested in her figurative work. Marcella inserts herself in art historical iconographies that have fascinated her since childhood, and which, due to her biological sex, hold conflicting connotations of ostracism and admiration. Her figures represent the desire to tackle issues around the push and pull of being a woman and the depiction of women in our society and popular culture. The female nude is traditionally painted under the male gaze, by painting herself in the nude, she challenges traditional dynamics by becoming both the artist and model, reclaiming power as the author and subject of her work. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Marcella studied at Lyme Academy of Fine Art and has worked in technology, writing, and consulting before moving to Austin in 2018 to pursue her own art practice. Marcella’s interest in art began in childhood, inspired by her artist father, whose artistic ability was not encouraged in post-WWII Italy. Consequently, her perception of art is defined by the belief that it must transform and challenge both herself and society. In 2018, Marcella took a year-long residency in Bee Cave, Texas. The work created during this residency has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Austin, along with her first solo exhibition in 2019. Marcella’s work has been in various juried exhibitions, most recently Jonathan Ferrara Gallery’s 24th Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS International Juried Exhibition in New Orleans, LA. Her work has also been featured in online and print publications, most recently, Issue 18 of Almost Real Things Magazine entitled “Surreal // So Real” in August of 2020.