“The Ethnic Blossom of Arturo Martinez” by Arturo Martinez

“The Ethnic Blossom of Arturo Martinez” by Arturo Martinez

On display from September 12, 2023 – December 3, 2023.

Join us for the Opening Reception of this exhibition in the Sip Art gallery at IAMA on Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 12:30 – 4 PM.

THE BLOSSOMING OF THE ETHNIC BEAUTY: Arturo Martinez presents this Solo Exhibit which manages to capture the ethnic origins of beauty that historically defies borders and nationalities, ultimately generating new cultural realities. It immerses us in the social dynamics that unite human and ethnic groups and are capable of modifying the qualitative perception of the individual being; thus, without ceasing to love his/her origin and identity, individuality is integrated into a universal society, and contributes to a collective flourishing and personal elements of ethnic beauty at the same time. New amalgamated universes then flourish with emphases in the fine arts, clothing, gastronomy, musical culture, and dance, tied together with a scale of sublime values through community awareness.

(SPANISH) EL FLORECIMIENTO DE LA BELLEZA ÉTNICA: Arturo Martínez presenta esta Exhibición Individual, que logra capturar los orígenes étnicos de la belleza que históricamente desafía fronteras y nacionalidades, generando nuevas realidades culturales. Nos sumerge en las dinámicas sociales que  funden grupos humanos y etnias, capaces de modificar la percepción cualitativa del ser individual que, sin dejar de amar su  origen e identidad, integra su individualidad a la sociedad universal, contribuyendo paralelamente al florecimiento colectivo, con elementos personales de su belleza étnica. Así se logran amalgamar nuevos universos que florecen protagónicos en las bellas artes, indumentaria, gastronómica, cultura musical, danza y una escala de valores sublimes con conciencia comunitaria.

Artist Biography:

Artist Arturo Martinez is a culmination of music, culture, and ethnicity. His work reminds one of the great African-American artist Romare Bearden celebrative renderings of life, jazz, and people. Like Bearden, Martinez too praises his ethnicity and mestizaje (of mixed race) without losing sight of the long struggle of the diverse ethnic communities of Mexico. 

His geometrical compositions of C shapes, half U’s, curves, circles, and his nonlinear patterns flow rhythmically. A musician himself of “Son Mestizo,” Martinez roots his paintings with an African, Mestizo, and Indigenous lining. Born in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, Mexico, he captures the lyrical and traditional in the vibrant power of its local fauna, flowers, and customs with colors that guide his inspiration like a musical note on canvas. Each painting ripples with movement, and ebbs according to the color chosen. For Martinez, “music has resonance.” His approach to color is like the artist Wassily Kandinsky, who believed color to be like a keyboard. Martinez’s paintings have a deep inclination towards the rhythm of Latin Jazz. By incorporating patterns from Mexico’s diverse ethnic Indigenous plurality, Martinez exalts his recognition of the importance the artisanal artists have had in Mexico’s creative spirit. Each pattern expresses a natural deity, the cosmos, and a metaphorical meaning.

To learn more about Arturo and his work, follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

“Seen and Unseen” by Siana Smith

“Seen and Unseen” by Siana Smith

On display from July 11, 2023 – August 27, 2023.

As a visual artist, Siana Smith is heavily influenced by the critical theory of Guy Debord, particularly his concepts in “The Society of the Spectacle.” This theory argues that contemporary society has replaced reality with a representation of itself, a spectacle, in which images dominate our lives and shape our perception of the world. It is highly relevant in today’s society and resonates deeply with Smith’s artistic practice.

Growing up in China during the post-Cultural Revolution era, Siana Smith experienced a life of scarcity, where handmade clothing by her grandmother held profound personal significance, symbolizing her grandma’s affection in a way that resonated deep in Siana’s subconscious. The loss of these garments left a void in her heart. Then, three decades ago, Siana immigrated to America and encountered a culture of consumerism. She was captivated by the seductive power of material possessions, subconsciously equating them with love and happiness.

At first glance, Smith’s large-scale paintings of high-fashion consumer products appear to embody the spectacle Debord criticizes. However, she intentionally depicts these subjects in rich, vivid colors and intricate details to highlight their allure and seductive power. Simultaneously, Siana incorporates symbols of transience, push, pull, and other elements to prompt the viewers to consider the more profound, often darker social and psychological context surrounding these objects of beauty. 

Furthermore, Smith’s artwork goes beyond the surface level and exposes the impoverishment of society brought about by the spectacles. She captures real-life moments that indicate the impact of commodities, particularly in the commoditized virtual world behind the screens, on our relationship with one another and the natural world. She hopes to engage the audience on multiple levels by creating visually stunning and alarming paintings. Rather than simply consuming the images, as Debord argues, the viewer is asked to actively participate in the act of seeing.

Siana Smith’s artwork seeks to challenge societal spectacles and delve into the complexities of human emotions, experiences, and connections.

Artist Biography:

As an immigrant who came to the United States in the early 1990s, Siana earned her master’s degree in computer science, worked as a software engineer, and then dedicated herself to raising a family. Subsequently, Siana found her true calling in art and painted commodities ranging from fashion accessories to used tissues. She uses vivid colors, larger-than-life scale, and fine details to emphasize subjects and subject matter. Her figurative works catch fleeting moments in life, fostering engaging dialogues on issues in a social and psychological context.

Siana earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree focusing on fine art painting from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, in 2021. Her paintings have been shown nationally, including at The De Young Museum of San Francisco, the New York Academy of Art, the Triton Museum of Santa Clara, CA, Southern Arkansas University, the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA, and various other galleries. 

Siana has a passion for public art and community service, having painted murals in the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently serves on the City of Saratoga, CA Public Art Commission. Siana is a signature member of American Women Artists (AWA) and a member of the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art (NCWCA). She recently completed a 6-month Artist-in-Residence program in Navasota, Texas.

To learn more about Siana and her work, visit her website or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Reception Date: Friday, July 21, 2023 from 3 – 5 PM, on-site.

“Wow Voyage” By My Art White Canvas

“Wow Voyage” By My Art White Canvas

The My Art White Canvas artists displayed in this exhibition include Anshu Pancholi, Dhruti Mahajan, Shrikant Kadam, Sumita Maity, and Riyazuddin.

On display from May 2, 2023 – June 27, 2023.

“Wow Voyage” exhibition: Indian Artists on the Move Internationally! This exhibition is one of the many endeavors in the journey of Art. My Art White Canvas looks forward to introducing its vision with “Wow Voyage” and invites you to be part of this journey. The world-renowned My Art White Canvas artists featured in the Sip Art Gallery include Anshu Pancholi, Dhruti Mahajan, Shrikant Kadam, Sumita Maity, and Riyazuddin. What stands out in this exhibition is the strong individuality of each artist in the style and medium of their choice, and also of how they have imbibed from their roots and tradition yet created their own narrative. Themes of Finding the Self, Meditating on the Self, Strength within Identity, The Feminine, Nature and Us, Portraiture, Fantasy, Miniature tradition and Abstract all come together in a joyous celebration and exploration of Art. From delighting the eyes, to sparking curiosity and questions, and taking the viewer on a journey within through Art, the show will altogether be an experiential delight for the discerning viewer.

Artists Biographies:

My Art White Canvas was conceived in 2019 by Simran Kaur in Jaipur, India. She had the conviction to do something solely dedicated to arts that resonated with her own beliefs and aesthetics. Being part of a rich culture and heritage with vast depth and diversity would enable Simran to explore various styles and forms from Indigenous, Folklore, and Contemporary works not bound by any set of preconceived notions. The world-renowned My Art White Canvas artists featured in the Sip Art Gallery for “Wow Voyage” include Anshu Pancholi, Dhruti Mahajan, Shrikant Kadam, Sumita Maity, and Riyazuddin. The following are statements about the artworks featured in this exhibition taken directly from the artists themselves.

Anshu Pancholi: My ultimate vision is to present and concretize in my art those subtle aspects hidden dimensions of the “soul” of the “woman” that words will never suffice to explain.

Dhruti Mahajan: My art practice is characterized by the geometric shapes in my works. Using acrylic on canvas, my work is minimal, clean, and involves an interplay of geometric shapes to form simple compositions. The balance and interplay of different forms evokes a sense of harmony and joy.

Shrikant Kadam: Colors bring the shape, and sometimes shapes bring the colors on the canvas. The colors run through the canvas. On the canvas, the art starts interacting with me and guides me where to stop. I trail them. I always try to paint what I have experienced from life.

Sumita Maity: I believe that a better world is possible if only we return to nature and let it heal us. I consciously use this belief to create spaces that I hope will help others feel the same peacefulness and connect with their own feelings of joy, stillness, and contentment. When people look at my work, this is what I hope they will see — that despite what else happens, there is always love, hope, and happiness in the world.

Riyazuddin: To highlight my connection with Nature, I am pulled towards the usage of natural pigments in my artworks. Mostly inspired by different styles of Indian miniature paintings and highly impressed by the Pahari School of Rajput Paintings, under which Basohli & Kangra paintings from Jammu & Kashmir (India) for their color and composition. I strive to develop my own practice by mixing the different styles with my personal style of contemporary aesthetics, thereby marking my works with a unique set in their own pattern.

To learn more about My Art White Canvas and the talented artists in this exhibition, view My Art White Canvas’ website or Instagram, and follow Simran (founder) on Instagram.

Reception Date: Sunday, May 7, 2023 from 3 – 5 PM, on-site.

“What is Modern Surrealism?” by Yijun Ge

“What is Modern Surrealism?” by Yijun Ge

On display from March 14, 2023 – April 23, 2023.

With this solo exhibition, Yijun Ge wants to introduce surrealism from a brand new perspective.

Artist Biography:

Yijun Ge was born in Xiangyang, in the province of Hubei, China. While still at graduate school, Yijun started to participate in exhibitions in multiple galleries across the United States and globally. In 2021, her art was accepted by Ocean Shore Gallery in Seattle, Washington, where she won a first place award. Her next notable exhibitions took place in Venice, Italy at Contemporary Venice 2021 held by Itsliquid Gallery, and in Rome held by Rossocinabro Gallery.

Yijun was also featured in multiple online and offline art publications and events in 2021. She was the featured as the muralist for “Mural Artist Takes a Stand on Violence against Asians” by the Asian American Press. On November 20, 2021 and December 8, 2021, she was twice the seasonal champion of the ArtBattle Oakland and ArtBattle San Francisco. Art Battle is a global tournament of talent and live competitive painting event which happens in 50+ cities worldwide.

In summer 2021, she taught workshops at the International Art Museum of America in San Francisco. She also actively created mural commissions for both private and public companies in the Bay Area.

In 2022, she continues to expand the realm of her reach. She started her own studio in San Francisco where she continues to explore motifs and themes of modern surrealism. She was featured in The Art of Banksy, where her work was shown along side Banksy’s original works at the Palace of Fine Art in San Francisco. Her work was also accepted into the prestigious Mirus Gallery in San Francisco as part of Local Legend group show.

In order to foster a deeper connection with the local community, she started a series of art classes to educate the general public about art making and appreciation. She was also featured in local art festivals such as the 23rd Annual How Weird Street Art Fair, where she performed live painting in front of a diverse audience. In November 2022, her work was accepted by International Museum of America and is due to be exhibited in March 2023 in this exhibition “What is Modern Surrealism.” Her influence was also noticed by The Marquis Who’s Who of America, where she will be featured as a prominent artist in their upcoming publication.

To learn more about Yijun and her work, follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

Reception Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023 from 3 – 5 PM, on-site.

“Nature’s Poems” by Anita Yan Wong

“Nature’s Poems” by Anita Yan Wong

January 10, 2023 – March 5, 2023

“Nature’s Poems” is a series of “contemporary traditional” paintings that celebrates the beauty in nature and addresses our cultural (dis)connection to nature. Asian-American artist Anita Yan Wong created her earth art by painting directly on wood. Seemingly alive, animals and natural elements such as flowers, birds in full flight, and fish experience a certain level of abstraction but still retain their natural appeal in these beautiful “contemporary traditional” paintings. Now more than ever, we are all in need of Mother Nature to comfort, heal, and distract us from our busy modern way of life. Let us reprioritize what we value and rediscover the magical natural world in a peaceful journey on Earth.

Artist Biography:

Prof. Anita Yan Wong is an Asian-American female artist best known for her expressive brush strokes and unique style of “contemporary traditional” paintings that defy tradition and modernity. The artist, who taught at UC Berkeley S.F. extension California in recent years, is a 4th generation Lingnan painter which originated in southern China in the late 19th century, known for the fusion of mastering modern Chinese, Japanese, and Western painting approaches. Wong worked as an Art Professor for over 15 years at MICA, SVA, and Temple University before returning to a sole focus on her art in 2015.

Her works are currently featured Internationally on over 60 Traditional and Hip Cultural Blogs & Art Magazines including N.Y. Arts, ESPN, Disney Inc, official Bruce Lee Family Foundation, Daily Arts Magazine, Flower Magazine, KTSF Channel 26 News, Komo News Seattle, American Lifestyle Magazine and a cover story of Works & Conversations Magazine. The artist was awarded first place in wall art by “Design within Reach” in Design Philadelphia Award, the “Excellent Scholars” award from Maryland Institute College of Art, “Teaching excellence honor” from the art institute and the Fellowship Award from Robert B. McMillen foundation 2021. Anita Yan Wong’s work is researched by academics, art historians, and PhD students internationally. She has collaborated with MAHB, Stanford University with the goal of preserving Lingnan Guo Hua and the beauties of nature. Yale University’s “China Hands” magazine described her paintings as “Traditional art form that questions the modern minds.”

Check out Wong’s art book, “Nature’s Poems: Earth Art & Poetry”, available on Amazon!

Description: Explore the call of Mother Nature in this exquisite Art & Poetry book that celebrates the beauty in our fragile planet and addresses our cultural disconnection from Nature by Author and Art Professor Anita Yan Wong. Part poetry, part celebration of “contemporary traditional” Earth Art, each page of this stunning art book transports readers to another world. A perfect gift for any nature, art, or poetry fan, featuring never-before-published original Earth art by artist Anita Yan Wong chimed with a collection of nature-inspired poems from well-known poets alongside unsung poems from less well-known writers and heart-warming Earth poems by children.

To learn more about her work, visit her website or follow her on Instagram.

Reception Date (Virtual via Zoom): 1/22/2022 from 2 – 3 PM. Register for the Zoom link via Eventbrite, or watch live on Facebook.

“Fashion as Moving Art” by Sue Aesthetics

“Fashion as Moving Art” by Sue Aesthetics

October 25, 2022 – January 4, 2023

The soul, intangible and unseen, exists because we each embody unique temperaments.

At Sue Aesthetics, we celebrate and cultivate this truth through the symbiosis of costume aesthetics and photography art.

On display will be 35 distinctive pieces of Sue Aesthetics Soul Photography, including photographs taken locally in San Francisco in the form of the Chinese hanging scroll of giclee. We invite you to experience your fullest beauty potential and expression.

Artist Biography:

Sue aesthetics founder, Sue, has based her works on costume aesthetics for decades. Sue leads modern women to the forefront of fashion, finds the dressing positioning for them, and therefore enhances the person’s natural beauty. She believes, “bringing beauty to others is my destiny.” Sue Aesthetics organically combines clothing and photography art to capture the unique beauty of customers according to their image temperament.

Since the establishment of Sue Aesthetics Soul Photography Studio in 2020, Sue Aesthetics has filmed over 70 middle-aged women and held five large-scale public welfare activities successively, including three sessions of this Soul Photography exhibition. Sue Aesthetics provides personal image design, diversified clothing, and customized photography to awaken the long sleeping heart of beauty and fashion. It is the original intention to pass on beauty and love.

To learn more, contact Sue Aesthetics at (415) 351-8184 or follow them on Instagram @sue_aesthetics.

Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 5 – 7 PM, Purchase tickets through Eventbrite

“Remansi” by Rema Mansi

“Remansi” by Rema Mansi

Remansi by Rema Mansi (8/30/2022 – 10/23/2022)

Rema Mansi’s goal with this exhibition is to reflect people’s feelings to create an emotional and psychological connection between artist, canvas, and observer through her artwork.

Artist Biography: 

Rema Mansi can’t remember the exact day she decided to become an artist. “I have always known, even as a small child, where my destiny was taking me.” Rema, born and raised in Jordan, grew up with a love and passion for art, but decided to pursue other interests after graduating from New York Institute University. Since she moved to the Bay Area four years ago, Rema has dedicated herself to pursuing her dream of becoming an artist, teaching herself how to draw, and developing her artistic networks by participating in shows and exhibiting at galleries.

Rema’s works, paintings and drawings in oil paints and charcoal, are best described as “narrative impressionistic realism.” She relies on her emotions and intuition to inspire her artwork. “My greatest happiness is when the piece on my canvas begins to come alive.” Rema’s art has evolved over time to become a narrative where each spontaneous moment she captures, tells a story.

Rema’s artwork has been recognized by The International Art Museum of America in 2019 and 2022. It has been also recognized previously by the Society of Western Artists with a 3rd place Award in the Contemporary Art Exhibition in 2019.

To learn more about Rema and see more of her work, visit her website https://remansi.com/.

Reception: 5 PM – 7 PM, Sunday, September 11, 2022

“Youth Art Exhibition” by MUSE Art Club

“Youth Art Exhibition” by MUSE Art Club

June 13, 2022 – August 15, 2022

Aspiring artists in the Bay Area explore the broad and at times challenging world of art by channeling emotions into the creation of different types of portraits and landscapes. The pieces on display demonstrate an understanding of subject and composition, and feature many Scholastic gold key and medal winners. Alongside the individual pieces, Tibetan-style handicrafts that the artists designed for the Arro Khampa Cultural Society store in Shangri-La, Yunnan will be exhibited.

About us -MUSE Art Club

Founded on Nov. 12, 2016, MUSE Art Club, consisting of fourteen members, kick-started a long series of fundraising art events with the completion of a mixed-media art event themed around the twelve Chinese zodiac signs. Over the years, MUSE has been a welcoming environment for artists to improve together and familiarize themselves with various art mediums–including spray painting, pour art, crochet, acrylics, and collage art.

Reception: 5PM-7PM, Saturday, July 23, 2022