Alyssa Monks is known for blurring the line between abstraction and realism by layering different spaces and moments in her paintings, which have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Her work is represented in public and private collections, including the Savannah College of Arts, the Somerset Art Association, Fullerton College, the Seavest Collection, and the collections of Eric Fischl, Howard Tullman, Gerrity Lansing, and more. In 2015, Alyssa gave a talk at the TEDx even at Indiana University. She was named the 16th most influential women artist alive today by Graphic Design Degree Hub.
Monks studied at The New School in New York, Montclair State University, and Boston College. She studied painting at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence and earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2001. She completed an artist in residency at Fullerton College in 2006 and has lectured and taught at universities and institutions nationwide. She continues to offer workshops and lectures regularly.
Alyssa has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting three times and serves as a member of the New York Academy of Art’s Board of Trustees. Her work is represented by Forum Gallery in New York City. She lives and paints in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.