Amy Shekhter is an emergent, emerging American contemporary artist who’s inspired by historic iconic figures and her love of today’s fashion. Amy uses a creative mix of mediums, merging digital design with various layers of texture using resin, glitter, paint, and crystals. By putting a modern spin on familiar imagery — as with this 2023 portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo entitled The Great Escape (Frida), Amy’s pop art not only introduces younger generations to these important icons, but also touches on materialism and values of today’s culture.
Amy spent her childhood living in Alaska, moving to Florida in 2002 to pursue a degree in education, and later teaching art in public and private schools, as well as at many local, museums and galleries. In the past five years, her love for teaching has transferred to a desire to focus more on her own work. Her admiration for influential females can be seen in her past and current works, as she creates a playful spin on contemporary culture using prominent branding and bold colors. Guided by her fascination with the differences in communities, values, and needs that she’s seen in her move across the US, Amy expresses this contrast in culture through her work.
Photographed at Art Expo NY. Follow Amy on Instagram at @AmyShekhter