United States of America

Vera Fainshtein
La Boca

26.06.23 21.07.23

Vera Fainshtein is a contemporary Californian art practitioner and designer. A full time design faculty at the College of San Mateo, she has received her BA degree in Design from UCLA and MFA in Digital Media Art from CADRE Laboratory at the San Jose State University. A lot of her paintings are inspired by her environment. She’s especially fascinated by old architecture and contemporary urban landscape, the rich layers of history as well as the individual memories they represent. Her paintings are documentation of that reality, of our time seen from a personal perspective. Tightly cropped and re-contextualized, the painted snapshots of urban microcosms become “visual noise”: abstract patterns, intriguing textures, ambiguous shapes of colour.

Vera came to ´ace to do a Production Residency in our workshop. During her time with us, and in Buenos Aires, Vera spent some time around the city, capturing its vibrant colours, urban landscapes and the traditional “fileteado” fonts that embellish the signs and public transports. Through her residency, Vera learned important printmaking techniques which she can now share with her students while growing as an artist in her own terms, developing a new visual style and approach to making art.

Vera Fainshtein
1976 | Ukraine
Lives and works in San Mateo, California, USA

2006 | MFA in Digital Media Art. San Jose State University, San Jose, USA
1999 | BA in Design, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
2007 | Study Abroad participant. Painting Workshop, Cinque Terre, Italy

2023 | Tierra y Raíces. Mexican Heritage Plaza Art Gallery, San Jose, USA
2022 | Vera Fainshtein Solo Exhibition. San Mateo Public Library, San Mateo, USA
2018 | The More the Merrier. Art Art Gallery, San Jose, USA
2016 | Vote Your Subconscious. WORKS Gallery, San Jose, USA
2015 | All Abstract. Maryland Hall of Visual Arts, Annapolis, USA

2022 | Arquetopia International Artist Residency, Puebla, Mexico
2018 | Arquetopia  International Artist Residency, Puebla, Mexico

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Open Studio

Encuentro muralistas
Artists in dialogue


A notably unique Open Studio unfolded amidst a midday deluge on a Wednesday, presenting the latest propositions [9] and [10] integrated into the Palimpsesto Mural Painting Residency Project. In this project, selected residents intricately interlace their creations with pre-existing murals on the wall, crafted by diverse artists since 2013. Consequently, the collective murals on our terrace evolve into a singular, ongoing masterpiece that delves into the juxtaposition of visual strata, fostering a nuanced and intricate aesthetic encounter. This permits spectators to navigate through varying layers of significance and interpretation, owing to the diverse interventions of artists spanning distinct styles, temporal realms, and career echelons.

Heather Brammeier, an experienced American artist, intervened in existing murals, responding to the marks and pre-existing images. On the other hand, Natalie Robinson, a promising American muralist completing her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design, seeks community connection and belonging through her creative murals. Additionally, the audience had the opportunity to explore the graphic work of Vera Fainshtein, a Ukrainian artist based in California, who, during her residency, captured the rich history and details of the contemporary urban landscape, enriching her visual style with the vibrant color palette of the city and traditional fileteado.

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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July 31st, 2024

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