Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, As Bright As the Complexities of Blackness, 2018, acrylic gouache on illustration board, 40 x 32 inches

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo (she/her/they/them) is a queer, black, artist, activist, educator, storyteller, and curator who lives and works between Ohlone Land (Oakland, CA) and Powhatan Land (Richmond, VA). Branfman-Verissimo’s work is informed by their commitment to craft and community, engagement with society, and interests in storytelling and cultural geography. Their work has been included in exhibitions and performances at Deli Gallery (Long Island City, NY), EFA Project Space (New York City, NY), Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay & Lesbian Art (New York City, NY), STNDRD (Steuben, WI), San Francisco State University Gallery, Signal Center for Contemporary Art (Malmo, Sweden), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA), among others. For the past five years, Lukaza has been the Lead Curator at Nook Gallery, collaborating with over 80+ artists, writers, performers, and musicians, in a gallery located in their home kitchen.

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, TOUCH (still), 2020, single-channel video (3 minutes, 3 seconds)