Ali Cavanaugh (American, b. 1973) is an internationally represented fine artist.
Ali Cavanaugh studied painting at Kendall College of Art and Design and the New York Studio Residency Program in New York City, earning a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in 1995. At the age of 22, she co-founded an atelier -The New School Academy of Fine Art- in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2000. It was during her seven years in Santa Fe that she developed her modern fresco process on kaolin clay. Her paintings have been the subject of numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions.Cavanaugh’s paintings have been featured on book covers, countless internet features such as the Huffington Post, Fine Art Connoisseur, Hi-Fructose and in numerous print publications including The New York Times Magazine, American Art Collector,American Artist Watercolor. She has painted portraits for TIME magazine and The New York Times. Her work is featured in more than 400 private and corporate collections throughout the North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She currently lives in St Louis, Missouri with her husband and their four children.
Listening in silence 40 by 40 incheswatercolor on clay panel2015
Essence8 by 8 inches watercolor on clay panel 2015
In the dream she was floating, not completely submerged18 by 18 inches watercolor on clay panel 2015
the essence of regret8 by 8 inches watercolor on clay panel 2015
Under a daydream20 by 16 inches watercolor on clay panel 2015
Hold spellbound40 by 40 inches watercolor on clay panel 2015
You never escape8 by 8 inches watercolor on clay panel 2015
Suspended in the passage60 by 40 inches watercolor on clay 2015
The Entrance40 by 60 inches watercolor on clay panel 2015
My dependence on the visual world began when I lost much of my hearing through spinal meningitis at 2 years of age. This loss was a blessing in disguise as I learned to depend on body language and reading lips to communicate. So, from my youngest days, I became sensitive to the people around me and the unspoken language revealed through compositions of the human body.
My fascination with the dichotomy of the seen and unseen in human existence has been a conceptual cornerstone for most of my career as a figurative artist. It is in the moment of hesitation when one moves into the interior space of thought, that I find inspiration. I strive to paint not only the delicate features of the external person but to capture the tender unseen presence that transcends understanding in the depth of a soul. In my experience in working with the people that I paint, I repeatedly discover the profound mystery of existence.