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Biography

Gerri Rachins is an American artist, living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a Master of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and also studied at The New York Studio School, in New York.

Her artworks are part of public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Danforth Art Museum, Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection and others throughout the United States. Her paintings, drawings, and mixed media collages are represented in the Boston area, by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, where she has had six solo exhibitions.

Rachins’ recent artworks engage in divergent approaches to the usual two-dimensional forms of painting and drawing, exploring her interests in the passage of time, and the complexity of human perception. The abstract paintings known as POPROCKS, are created from torn and cut heavy paper pieces collaged onto panels, then painted with oil paint. They break the frame, play with shape, form, and use eye-popping color to question what is true, and what is illusion.

She has been a faculty member for over sixteen years at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and also taught at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston for over thirteen years. In addition, Rachins taught at New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University in Boston, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and de Young Museum in San Francisco.