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Karina Bania is a mixed media painter living in California. Largely self-taught, her degree is in Business, but she picked up a paintbrush and a backpack the day after graduating. She spent many years living around the world developing her art. While studying in India, she began incorporating local pigments and dyes into her work, eventually developing her unique style of stained washes and shapes on raw canvas. In addition to solo and group exhibitions, Bania has been licensing and selling her artwork across the US and abroad. Her work has been featured in marketplaces and publications such as Restoration Hardware, Land of Nod, Riviera Magazine, San Diego Magazine, and LUXE. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings explore the abstract geographies that we navigate in our lives. Each painting begins as a field of space from which an environment arises. As the space is acted upon, a conversation ensues between emptiness and fullness, stillness and movement, objects seen and energy felt. The compositions that emerge are built from these contrasting forces which together, create a sense of place and balance.  

Geometric shapes of color live in harmony with abstract washes of dye. Built up layers of depth grace empty fields of raw, untouched canvas. Mistakes are made, scratched out and left unhidden. These traces are notions of connection.

I work from intuition, response and presence. These paintings are created in the moment. Uncovering interactions, revealing things unseen, and developing connections are what unfold.

 

CV

KARINA BANIA | karinabania@gmail.com

BIOGRAPHY
b. Menlo Park, CA
Lives and works in San Diego, CA and Baja, Mexico

EDUCATION
1993 BS in Management, San Diego State University, CA
1998-2001 Additional Studies in Visual Arts at UCSD, CA and Calcutta, India

EXHIBITIONS
2017 The Affordable Art Fair NYC, Uprise Art Booth featured artist
2016 The Midway Gallery, Terrain: Navigating Landscapes, group show, San Francisco, CA
2016 Sea Contemporary Gallery, Topography of a Swim, two-person exhibition, Rosemary Beach, FL
2016 Kit & Ace, solo artist, Carlsbad, CA
2015 Kettle & Stone, solo exhibition, San Diego, CA
2015 Teeter, group show, San Diego, CA
2015 Gulf Labor West, group exhibition, Chicago, IL
2015 Abracadabra, Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA
2014 Southern California/Baja Norte Regional Exhibition, Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, CA
2014 Art Walk, San Diego, CA
2014 Haggus Society Los Angeles, Alta Dena, CA
2014 Biennial Roadshow Marfa, Marfa, TX
2014 Gulf Migrant Labor, San Diego, CA
2014 Cake & Whiskey, The Tradesmen, San Diego, CA
2013 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, La Jolla, CA
2013 Art Walk, San Diego, CA
2013 San Diego Central Library Opening, San Diego, CA
2012 Art Between the Hours, Project X Gallery, Solana Beach, CA

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
UPRISE ART
SEA CONTEMPORARY Rosemary Beach, FL
PRELUDE PROJECTS Brooklyn, NY
ELLIOTT FOUTS GALLERY Sacramento, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY + INTERVIEWS
Art of Living, LUXE Magazine
Drawn to Style, San Diego Magazine
A HomeMade Home - Maker interview, Zillow
Featured Artist, Studio Visit, Vol 31
Artist Interview, Blue Locket Art
KPBS video & article, San Diego Central Library
Central Library Opens, Union Tribune, San Diego
The Canvas-er: Karina Bania, Rivera Interiors
Inspired by Artist Interview, Simple Lovely
Featured Artist, 100 Layer Cakelet

RETAIL + LICENSING
Artfully Walls
Oopsy Daisy Fine Art, Licensing Representative
San Diego Central Library Shop
MILLE
Land of Nod
Restoration Hardware
MAVEN
Teeter
Kettle & Stone