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Rita Asfour

by on February 6, 2018

Rita Asfour, American artist born in 1933, residing in Nevada.

Rita Asfour, born in the USA in 1933 and currently residing in Nevada.  In her words:

“I was born in 1933 – and still paint – almost daily – but increasingly with more discernment!

In 2012, I came to Las Vegas to retire.  But my retirement evaporated quickly when I learned of the undignified death of a showgirl.  It was in the sixties when I met that ambitious young woman who decided to leave her family in Los Angeles and drive in her very small car to Las Vegas to become a showgirl.  The crushing of her dreams made me want to do something to help showgirls who do not do well at the end of their short and difficult careers.  So I started painting again, this time to exalt showgirls.  This is what launched my Showgirls Collection in 2012.

In 2016, Dr. Robert Tracy, Curator from the College of Fine Arts, at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, came to my studio.  He must have liked what he saw because he quickly arranged for an exhibit that lasted from August 2016 until January 2017.  He also arranged for a collaboration with the dance department for a performance during the opening of my show.  What became obvious during that opening was the strong connection between ballet dancers and showgirls.

It was heartwarming when the opportunity came to exhibit my paintings in Academia.  When art is shown in a commercial gallery, it is about money.  When art is shown in a university, it is about an authentic perspective on life.”

Rita Asfour
February 2017

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