Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo (b. 1993) is a queer, Jewish-American, African-Brazilian artist, activist, educator, storyteller & curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA in 2015. Branfman-Verissimo’s work is informed by her commitment to craft and community, her engagement with society, and interests in storytelling and cultural geography. Her 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], San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art and San Francisco Arts Commission, amongst others. Branfman-Verissimo has been awarded residencies and fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE Residency, Kala Art Institute, Dos Rios Residency and CENTER. She is the Co-Founder and Lead Curator at Nook Gallery, a gallery in her home kitchen.
For Come to Your Census, YBCA and Art+Action commissioned Lukaza Branfman to create Who Gets Counted? a site-specific installation in YBCA’s galleries. This work uses bright colors and bold texts to share Branfman’s artistic platform and illuminate the voices around her. Who Gets Counted? encourages collective action and empathy for those who are often erased.