Chalda Maloff


My art reflects my abiding optimism and faith in the order of our world.  My process, sometimes intellectual and sometimes intuitive, consists of working and reworking shapes and colors towards an expressive whole that will have the power to evoke emotion, sensuality, and spirituality. 

I seek to engage the viewer on an elemental level, to tap into a domain more authentic and essential to us than our physical world.   One crucial aesthetic element to my artworks is the suggestion of backlighting or inner glow, an effect which I believe elicits a near-universal response of warmth and gratification, of receptiveness to an experience.  I offer compositions based on geometry, steadfast structures which become visual anchors as the eye explores the surface of the painting.  My artist’s lexicon of transparency, juxtaposition, and spatial ambiguity poses a bid for viewer involvement.

I choose the digital medium for its power to combine and synthesize various artistic effects, producing a host of visuals that would not be possible with any natural medium.  Beyond this, the extraordinary options of art software allow for a superior inventive flow in the development of an image.  As a perennial student of Art History, I feel fortunate to have available to me creative tools of which the great masters could have only dreamed.

My intent is to create artworks that not only summon an immediate response, but also that will reveal more of themselves gradually over time.  I use techniques to disclose by degrees previously unobserved elements, to reframe and visually redraw the surface, and hopefully to elicit a reevaluation of previous conclusions.  I invite the viewer to leisurely perusals, with an openness to surprise, delight, and a kindling of the imagination.

Chalda Maloff
Austin, Texas, USA

Recent Solo Exhibits:

2017Beings, Ceres Gallery, New York City.
2015Rational Exuberance, Ceres Gallery, New York City.
2014Joy to the Fishes, Mill & Leaf Gallery, Austin, Texas.
2013Search Engines, Ceres Gallery, New York City.
2010Virtuous Realities, Jung Center, Jung Center Houston, Texas.
2009Land and Sea, Verizon Corporate Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
2008Order From Chaos, Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, Texas. Catalog.
2007Dancing in the Rain, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California. Catalog.


2017Runner-up, The Grow Show, Arthouse NYC, New York City.
2016Texas Biggest 10, Katy Contemporary Arts Museum, Katy, Texas.
2013Honorable Mention, Maryland Federation of Art Small Wonders juried show in Annapolis.
2012Second Place, CulinART juried show in Austin, Texas.
2009Second Mention of Honor, VIII Salón de Arte Digital, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
2008North Light Award, Visual Arts Society of Texas 40th Annual Juried Show in Denton, Texas.
2007Honorable Mention, The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Spirituality juried show in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
2005Guerilla Painter Award, Visual Arts Society of Texas 37th Annual Juried Show in Denton, Texas.
2004Honorable Mention, The Butler Institute of American Art, Beecher Digital Art Competition in Youngstown, Ohio.

Selected Group Exhibits:

2019Floating Points, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX.
2018Electric Dreams, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, TX.
2018Dulce Bytes, Kerrville Creative Arts Center, Kerrville, TX.
2018Winter Group Show, Beta Gallery, Galveston, TX.
2018Generation, Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California at Berkeley.
2018Raising Women’s Voices, Ceres Gallery, New York City.
2018Superfine! Art Fair, with Ceres Gallery, New York City
2018COLOR PLAY, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2018D’Art for Art, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI.
2018Spectrum 5, Gestalt Projects, Santa Monica, CA. Catalog.
2018Art of Water, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI.
2018Summer of 2018, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2018Sprung, Arthouse NYC, New York City.
2018Pixelscapes, Gallery at the J, Austin, TX.
2018Sanctuary, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Oakton, VA.
20184th Annual Autumnal, Arthouse NYC, New York City.
2018Focus, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2017TWELVE, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2017Spectrum 4, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
2017The Grow Show, Arthouse NYC, New York City.
2017Collector Choice, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA. Catalog.
2016Layered Tones, Mary Tomas Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2016Creative Arts Center members show, Mary Tomas Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2016REM, ART7 Community Gallery, Fort Worth, TX.
2016Summer Salon, Ceres Gallery, New York City.
2016West Austin Studio Tour, Denise Fulton Studio, Austin, TX.
2016D’Art for Art, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI.
2016The Discovery Show, Milan Gallery, Fort Worth, TX.
2016Big Ideas Come in Small Packages, Blue Door Art Center, Yonkers, NY.
2016Ladies Night, The Small Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
20162nd Biennial Wings and Water, River Arts, Prairie du Sac, WI
2016New Works, PeckArts, Galveston, TX
2015Embraer, Embler Art Gallery, Melbourne, Florida
2015D’Art for Art, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan.
2015Vibrant Communities, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington, DC.
2015Animal Spirit, Location 1980, Costa Mesa, California.
2015MICROCOSMOS, Gallery 621, Benicia, CA.
2015FUSE, HUD Art Space, Ventura, California.
20152nd Biennial Wings and Water, River Arts, Prairie du Sac, WI
2014Animal Instincts, Studio 659, Whiting, Indiana.
2014Small Works Exhibit, Main Street Gallery, Clifton Springs, New York.
2014Hyde Park Collective Austin, Link & Pin Gallery, Austin, Texas.
2014Summer Salon, Ceres Gallery, New York City.
2014West Austin Studio Tour, Denise Fulton’s Studio, Austin, Texas.
2014Admiral’s Lounge Exhibition, Embler Art Gallery, Miami, Florida.
20145×7 Show, The Contemporary Austin, Austin, Texas.
2014Anniversary Show, Ceres Gallery, New York City.
2013Works on Paper, Saraghi Art Space, Victoria, Australia.
2013Shanghai Art Fair, with Studio 26, Shanghai, China
2013Salón de Arte Digital, PDVSA La Estancia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.
2013In Cold Blood, The Brush Gallery, Lowell, Massachusetts.
2013The Next Show, The Small Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
2012Modest in Scale, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
2012Spring Group Show, Quattro Gallery, Austin, Texas.
2012Exhibicíon de Verano, Estudio de Arte Andras, Calafell, Spain.
2012Realism and Abstractions, Soo Rye Gallery, Rye, New Hampshire.
2012Perspectives, Pump Project Gallery, Austin, Texas.
2011November Never Looked So Good, Soho Gallery of Digital Art, New York City.
2011SmallWorks Show, Mill Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2011The Dot Shop Grand Opening, Southbend Museum of Art, Southbend, Indiana.
2010Let’s Eat, Long Island Museum of American Art, Stony Brook, New York.
20105×7 Show, Arthouse, Austin, Texas.
2010Art Against Aids exhibit/auction, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, Illinois.
2009Wrapping Paper Designs, The Artcomplex Center, Tokyo, Japan.
2009Verge Art Fair, Brenda Taylor Gallery, Miami, Florida.
2009Holiday Show, Space 237, Toledo, Ohio.

Selected Public Collections:

Volunteer Lawyers of the Boston Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
Central City Concern, purchases under Percent for Art program, Portland, Oregon.
Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, Texas.
City on a Hill Charter Public School District, Boston, Massachusetts.
Our Place DC, Washington, D.C.
Scottish Rite Learning Center, Austin, Texas.
Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Milford, Massachusetts.


Ph.D. Human Ecology; University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health.
M.S. Computer Science; University of California at Berkeley.
B.A. History of Art; University of California at Berkeley.
Art of the Italian Renaissance; University of Boston extension program in Florence, Italy.
History of Art; Mills College in Oakland, California.
Art and Anthropology; University of Hawaii in Honolulu.