Palén Obesa

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Artist Bio

Palén Obesa (Paloma Leida Natividad Obergh Santos) is a visual artist who works and lives in the Bronx, NY. She received her BFA in painting and drawing and minor in art history at SUNY Purchase College in 2017. Obesa was originally born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen.

Through her practice, Obesa has been exploring multiple themes that can be controversial, ominous or too complex to discuss. By doing so, she hopes to open wider and less biased conversations about them. Some of these topics include womanhood and what it means to be female, adultcentrism and its negative effects on children, and education through art for visual learners. By addressing patriotism and cultural identity, she also comments on the hybrid society of immigrants who are struggling with cultural assimilation, language acquisition and racism.