Jennifer Banzaca "Utopia"

Voss Gallery’s [The Down Low] presents “Utopia,” a solo exhibition of acrylic paintings by Jennifer Banzaca that whimsically depicts the exploration of an idealized world.

Join us for an Afternoon Soirée with the artist on Saturday, March 14, 2-6PM in honor of the exhibition. This event is free and open to the public; RSVP is encouraged for event updates and special promotions. The exhibition is on view March 11-28, 2020. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 12-6PM or by appointment.


In addition to natural observation, “Utopia” relishes in a myriad of inspirations as varied as 18th-century portraiture and classic Hollywood films to botany and architecture. Fanciful fantasies unfold in heaps of assorted fabric and flora. Vibrant and luminous, these delightful works are an awakening from the monotony of monochrome. In this state of abundant abstraction, Banzaca offers a safe space for play and wonder.

These multilayered works are a visual palimpsest of a fictional universe; each brushstroke adding to the narrative but of which traces remain. Specialty patterns reference historical subjects and biographies. Tension is created through this uncertainty of time.

“My idea of utopia is a recurring inspiration for my work. Most of my paintings emerge from an interest in creating an imagined space and a unique visual language. As a former graphic designer for print and animation, I spent years looking at and manipulating imagery used in children’s books and television. I take that sense of color and whimsy and paint it as an exploration of color, and light. Abstract shapes and patterns from disparate sources are combined. It can start with a shape, a mark, and an idea of light and color.” –Jennifer Banzaca.


JENNIFER BANZACA (b. New Jersey, 1969) is a painter and designer living in San Francisco. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA), she went on to live in New York and San Francisco working as a digital designer for print and animation. In 2004 she resumed her painting practice and continued studies at the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art. Jennifer has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and has been an artist in residence at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts.

VOSS GALLERY is an art gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District established in 2019 by Ashley L. Voss. The gallery features a dynamic exhibition program of work by emerging and mid-career artists in both solo and thematically organized group shows with an emphasis in New Contemporary work with a technical edge. Voss Gallery prides itself for its unique commitment to fostering community and establishing relationships with local artists and young collectors. New exhibitions are presented approximately every three-to-four weeks.

[The Down Low] is located on the basement level with access via a staircase which may present difficulties for those with physical disabilities. We apologize for this; please contact us for additional documentation and information on our exhibitions if you would like to view the shows but have accessibility needs that our space doesn't meet.