Artist Statement

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cheryl Gross is an illustrator, painter, and motion graphic artist living and working in the New York area. She is a professor at Pratt Institute. Cheryl received her BFA and MFA from Pratt Institute.



2018-2019 Three Time Recipient, ESKFF, Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City

2015 Artist-In-Residency Program, Dilsberg, Germany

1997- Artist-In-Residency, Kunstlerhaus, Saarbruken, Germany  

2015 Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Competition, Competition Winner,

Cork, Ireland,

2014 Finalist Elizabeth Hulings Foundation,

The work centers on political/social commentary that include women issues, gender obliteration, extinction and the effect that globalization/gentrification have on our society. Given the progress of trans gendering, gender obliteration may not be too far off in the future. These topics have not been accepted until very recently and considering our present political climate, may very well be in jeopardy.  

 A quote by Nicelle Davis explains my statement rather clearly: Death is a charmer; nothing makes us feel more alive than brushing shoulders with him at a bar, in our cars, or at 5,000 feet in the air. Every time we risk and survive there is a thrill. We feel like we won more life because we are not the ones dying. 

There is something sexy about Death, how when poachers take a machete to the face of an elephant, the gaping wound resemble a wet vagina, how sex is always better once it’s gone, or when whalers take a grenade harpoon to a whale—even more so when an entire species is gone, how life looks for life even inside a zoo. 

But Death is a trickster. We can never win at his game. We might be living, but our humanity is dying. Soon, there will be nothing of our lives worth living for. 


My materials include water based mixed media: I start by spilling coffee onto my surface, (this lays down the foundation and design of the work), gouache, water color, acrylic, graphite, ball point, India ink, color pencils, on paper. The work is colorful, sizes range but mostly 22”X30” 40”X26” format, and somewhat resembles a graphic novel/comic book type format. My layering process includes writing that I incorporate and use as mark making. It also helps to carry the narrative.

The work has often been compared to Dr. Seuss on crack.

"If you wait long enough, science fiction will become reality."