About Caridad Sierra Kennedy

On A Precious Grid of Hope

Caridad Sierra Kennedy is a Latinx painter currently working in Hoboken, NJ. During her Fine Arts Studies (concentration in painting) at Rutgers Univ- Newark, NJ, she chose to study the work of the Modern Masters, Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary painting. She creates abstract and reimagined landscape paintings. They are often composite images in mixed media on paper/canvas which reflect interior and exterior landscape as a metaphor for personal expression informed by contemporary concerns. The images are sourced from intuition and memory of her experience with the natural world with regards to the intrapsychic connection. Formal investigations consist of the depiction of shape, color, light and spatial dimension. It becomes a visual quest for balance between these elements and the emotion evoked. She is inspired by her environment, spirituality, psychology and humanity. After her Fine Arts education, she pursued a Masters degree in art therapy. Kennedy’s work has been featured in seven solo exhibits and numerous group exhibits in New Jersey, New York, and DC Metro area, online and is in three dozen private collections and two public collections nationally.   

Artist Statement

I am a native Hudson County, NJ Latinx painter who creates abstract landscapes. They are imaginative places where the natural world becomes a metaphor for sentiment and experience. In my abstract landscapes, I consider not just the physical environment, but also the interplay it may have with the psyche in an effort to express my own humanity and reflect upon contemporary concerns.  

When searching for images, I rely on the mind, body and spirit (intuitive images which come to me via experience and vision). Largely relying on memory and occasionally using my own sketches, I enjoy working with organic shapes to explore/deconstruct forms. Searching for balance between form and color is an endless quest. The organic/representational forms are intended to draw the viewer in to engage in visual play and completion of narrative through visual gestalt. Movement is often captured and frequently noted by others in my work which serves as a visual reflection of time, energy and experience. Color and material choices are selected to express emotionality accordingly and range from acrylics, oils, watercolor and other mixed media on paper or canvas. 

Website: www.caridadkennedy.com

Instagram: @caridadkennedyart. 

Email: cskennedy@optimum.net. 

New Brunswick Art Salon 2022 —Oil and Mixed Media: “Beyond the Brush: The Contemporary Imagination”


MA  1997 Art Therapy Steinhardt, New York University 

BA  1994 Fine Arts (Painting) Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University 

Solo Exhibition Record  

2021 Victory Hall, “Select Works on Paper by Caridad Kennedy: The Art Project at The Oakman,” Jersey City, NJ (Invitational) 

2021 Casa Colombo, “Diptychs, Pendants and Pairs: Recent works by Caridad S. Kennedy,” Virtual Gallery exhibit (Invitational) 

2021 Victory Hall, “Formas Biomorficas: The Art Project at Hamilton House,” Jersey City, NJ (Invitational) 

2018 The Majestic Theater and Condominiums, “The Unleashing of Nature Remembered,” Jersey City, NJ (Invitational) 

2017 Victory Hall, “Abstract Landscapes: The Art Project at The Oakman,” Jersey City, NJ (Invitational) 

2012 Sawadee Thai Cuisine and Art Gallery Space, “Paintings of Expression”, Jersey City, NJ (Invitational) 

2000 Elements of Paradise “Intimate Vistas”, North Bergen, NJ   

Group Exhibition Record 


  • Firmament Gallery, “The Exquisite Corpse Show,” Jersey City, NJ  
  • Creative Cauldron Theatre & Art Space, “She Speaks,” DC Metro Area, (Invitational) 
  • The Art Alliance of Monmouth County Art Gallery, “Artwork from The Latinx Community,” Red Bank, NJ (Invitational)


  • Walk Bye at Jersey City Public Library, “Merry, Happy, Joy,” Jersey City, NJ 
  • John H. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, “Hispanic Heritage Month,” Jersey City, NJ 
  • Art House Productions Gallery, “The Very Affordable Art Show,” Jersey City, NJ  
  • Art House Productions Gallery, “Manifestations: Jersey City Artists’ Studio Tour,” Jersey City, NJ  
  • The Arts at St. Paul & Incarnation, “Light In The Never Ending Shade,” Virtual Gallery Exhibit 
  • Drawing Rooms “Rewriting Herstory” Artsy online 
  • The Birdhouse Gallery, “A Certain Blue,” Hancock, NY 
  • The Birdhouse Gallery, Artisan Vendor Booth, DVAA River Fest 
  • The Birdhouse Gallery, “Pop Up Exhibit at Forage Space,” Brooklyn, NY  


  • Art House Productions Gallery, “The Very Affordable Art Show”, Jersey City, NJ 
  • Art House Productions Gallery, “Breathe”, Jersey City, NJ 
  • Pro Arts Jersey City, “575 Can You Haiku?” JCFridays Virtual Exhibit 
  • Drawing Rooms, “Prayer Flags Public Art Project.” Jersey City, NJ 
  • Hamilton Square Condominiums, “Jerseyscapes III”, Jersey City, NJ 
  • Hoboken Historical Museum, “Every Mask A Blank Canvas”, Display case, Hoboken, NJ 
  • Drawing Rooms, “Prayers for The Pandemic”, online, to be scheduled in Jersey City, NJ 
  • Drawing Rooms, “The Big Show: All Animals Welcome”, Jersey City, NJ 


  • Barrow Mansion, “Heart and Soul: JCAST 2019”, Jersey City, NJ 
  • John H. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, “JCAST 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month”, Jersey City, NJ 
  • The Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, “Expresiones II”, Morristown, NJ (Juried) 
  • John H. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, “Fall Exhibition; JCAST Preview”, Jersey City, NJ (Invitational) 
  • John H. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, “Summer Solstice,” Jersey City, NJ. 
  • Drawing Rooms, “Somewhere We Landed”, Jersey City, NJ (Invitational) 


  • 107 Bowers Gallery and ArtSpace, “Holiday Art Show”, Jersey City, NJ. (Invitational) 
  • John H. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, “The Artwork of Women Artists Associated With Latin America,” Jersey City, NJ.  
  • Grace Church, “Who Am I, Who Are We, Pro Arts Members Show” Jersey City, NJ 
  • Watchung Arts Center, “Pro Arts Salon Show,” Watchung, NJ 
  • John H. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, “Degrees of Abstraction,” Jersey City, NJ 
  • Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, “Somewhere Over The Interconnected Rainbow and Prospero’s Grand St. Masque,” JC, NJ. 


  • Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, “The Big Small Show”, Jersey City, NJ (Invitational) 
  • Harborside Atrium JCAST, “What’s Next?”, Jersey City, NJ  


  • Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, “The Big Small Paintings and Small Works Show”, Jersey City, NJ (Juried) 
  • 107 Bowers Gallery and ArtSpace, “Holiday Art Show“, Jersey City, NJ 


  • Maxwell’s Tavern, “Winter Blues-Using Color”, Hoboken, NJ (Invitational) 


  • Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, “The Big Small Paintings and Small Works Show”, Jersey City, NJ (Invitational) 
  • CSK Art Studio LLC, Hoboken Artists Studio Tour, Hoboken, NJ 
  • Issyra Gallery, “Synergy”, Hoboken, NJ (Invitational) 
  • CityLife Gallery, “Dialogue Between 6 Painters”, Jersey City, NJ
  • John H. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, “Women’s History”, Jersey City, NJ 
  • Gallery 58, “Art Hump” JC, NJ 
  • John H. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, “Special 20th Anniversary Pro Arts Members Exhibit” JC, NJ  


  • LITM, “Small Wonders“, Jersey City, NJ 
  • Ten Marc Building JCAST, “Presence“, Jersey City, NJ (Juried) 
  • The Distillery Gallery and Artspace, City of Life, Jersey City, NJ 


  • CSK Art Studio LLC, Hoboken Artists’ Studio Tour, Hoboken, NJ 
  • Ten Marc Building JCAST.  “Committee’s Choice, Jersey City, NJ (Juried) 
  • LITM, Abstract Thoughts, Jersey City, NJ 
  • Steam Cafe’, Nature Watch, Jersey City, NJ 
  • LITM, “Faerielands” Jersey City, NJ 
  • Steam Cafe’, “In the City,” Jersey City, NJ 
  • Lana Santorelli Gallery, “Love/Hate”, Hoboken, NJ 
  • Gallery 1200, “La Femme”, Hoboken, NJ (Invitational) 


  • LITM, “Small Wonders”, Jersey City, NJ 
  • Paul Vincent Studios and Gallery, “Figure Drawings”, Hoboken, NJ 
  • Neumann Leathers, “Back In Black”, Hoboken, NJ 
  • CSK Art Studio LLC, Hoboken Artists Studio Tour, Hoboken, NJ 


  • The Riverdale Art Center, “Art= Therapy”, Riverdale, NJ 


  • The College of New Rochelle, “Stress, Struggle, & Change”, New Rochelle, NY (Juried) 

Related Professional Employment 


  • Caridad S. Kennedy, MA, ATR-BC 
  • Fine Art production, exhibition and sales, Art therapy private practice and consulting. 


  • CityLife Gallery, “Dialogue Between 6 Painters“, Jersey City, NJ (Curator) 


  • Full time art therapist employed in various hospitals, mental health clinics and other not for profit agencies. 

Related Professional Membership 

2021- present Victory Hall, Drawing Rooms Secretary of The Board 

2020 Victory Hall, Drawing Rooms Community Board Member 

2010 Pro Arts Jersey City Artist Member and Volunteer 

1997 American Art Therapy Association Professional Member 

In Publication  

2022 Jersey City Times “A JC Fridays Itinerary: March 2022” Tris McCall 

2020 Five Seven Five Can You Haiku? Dorie Dahlberg and Pablo Chavarria 

5/20/20 Victory Hall Press, “Prayers for The Pandemic” Volume One 

11/07/18 The Riverview Observer “Art Unleashed” 

11/09/14 The Jersey Journal, “Big Crowds Turn Out for Hoboken Artist Studio Tour” 

1/14/14   Jersey City Independent, “Pro Arts Member- Volunteers Talk Art, Community and Thought’s Opening”  

3/26/13   Jersey City Independent, “Beauty of Urban Life Highlighted in ‘City of Life” Art Exhibit” 

1/30/12   The Jersey Journal, “Love/Hate” art exhibit in Hoboken explores range of emotions” 

2/12/12   The Jersey Journal, “New exhibit at Gallery 1200 in Hoboken pays tribute to “La Femme” 

5/22/12   Jersey City Independent, “Art Exhibit Draws Inspiration from Dreams, Spirituality”  

8/6/00 The North Bergen Reporter, “Painting a New Horizon” 

Private Collections 

In over three dozen private collections nationally. 

Public Collections 

  • Hoboken Historical Museum 
  • Jersey City Public Library