Elizabeth Casqueiro is a visual artist who was born in England and grew up in Portugal. She came to live in the United States first as a high school exchange student and later as a graduate student. Elizabeth has a background in graphic design and architecture and studied art at St. Martin’s College of Art in London, the Corcoran School of Art, and the Washington Studio School. A resident of Washington DC, where she teaches part time in the Master of Real Estate program at Georgetown University, she now devotes herself primarily to art, and works from her studios in Washington and Easton.
Her work is an exploration of masked identity in its many forms and purposes. She is interested in how, from an early age, we acquire and shed identities as seamlessly as an accomplished stage actor or a fictional superhero. She says, “Masters of the entrance and exit, our stage personas come and go in an ever changing script.” Elizabeth’s current body of work taps into the playful and entertaining origins of identity through a series of works involving the action hero, the stage actor, and what she calls “the cheesy plot.” Through the melding of opacity and translucency, structure and fluidity, and figuration and abstraction, she alludes to identity’s perpetual dance between order and chaos, exposure and concealment, and connection and disruption. Following her fall solo gallery show in Portugal (2017), the Academy Art Museum is offering her a first solo museum exhibition in the United States.