Washington, DC-based artist Joey P. Mánlapaz earned her MFA in painting from The George Washington University where her ongoing fascination for and concentration on the city of Washington as subject matter was influenced by her mentor Frank Wright, a renowned painter of 18th-19th century architecture of downtown DC. Mánlapaz exhibits extensively in the U.S. and is recognized for her unique form of painterly photorealism, a result of a combined interest in the strict photorealist styles of New York artists Tom Blackwell and Richard Estes and the deep psychological sensibility of Edward Hopper.
Mánlapaz is an experienced professor of art having taught all levels of drawing and (oil, acrylic, watercolor) painting at the Corcoran since 1992. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes the realist approach through mastery of composition, direct observation and drawing. Although a photorealist in her own work, Mánlapaz embraces each student’s unique approach to self-expression and encourages styles that fit their experience provided the technique, as she teaches it, is well understood and practiced.
Her first museum exhibition “Through the Looking Glass” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Spring 2009 featured her Reflections Series, highly complex paintings of reflections on glass storefront windows in DC. Her current work focuses on ubiquitous bicycles, scooters, newspaper stands and figurative sculptures found all over the city.
Several honors and awards for artistic merit include a coveted 2003 National Book Festival painting commission from the U.S. Library of Congress and First Lady Laura Bush. In 2012, her papers, correspondence and sketchbooks were acquired by the U.S. Library of Congress. A replica of her painting is on permanent installation at the Bethesda (Maryland) Metro Tunnel. A curator and juror of exhibitions, the artist is recipient of several grants and fellowships in support of her work. Some collectors include Akridge, Arnold & Porter, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Deloitte & Touche, ING Clarion, Metlife, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, U.S. State Department, White & Case, to name a few.