On initial viewing, Sylvia Fragoso’s paintings and drawings seem to be abstract…the vibrant colors appear to be broken or sorted into dense grids or movements. But they’re not. Fragoso frequently explores the figure or architecture in her work, and, upon closer examination, the images can eventually be deciphered. As a devote Catholic, one of the more common images in her work (both in painting and sculpture) is the church.
Though often lacking in a figurative anchor, Fragoso also brings the same colorful sensibilities to the world of crafts. Her embroidered wall pieces and quilts – which employ similar maximal visual strategies as her paintings and drawings– are in numerous private collections.