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Uma Iyli

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Bangalore, India

Birth year

Lives in
Fremont, California, USA

Works in
Fremont, California


CCA (California College of the Arts), 2002, BFA

sculpture, conceptual, abstract, installation, mixed-media


Artist Statement (2010)

Time-based meditative processes such as repetitive patterning and marking, weaving and stitching, inform my art. My focus is to make art that connects with my inner self embodying both my past and present.

Through simple markings on various materials, I am experimenting with creating a visual language that is both personal and universal. In my recent graphics and paintings all one sees is a field of repeated circles. The pattern comes from the cellular structure of matter. Conceptually, these paintings are about looking closely.

My work is not only about my inward journey, but it is also about examining the contemporary reality of today's world. The color and materials I choose --whether blue or gold in paintings, or rice or wood in an installation --speak to certain environmental and societal issues that intrigue me. 


Uma Rani Iyli was born in Bangalore, India, in 1974.  She received her foundation art education at the College of Fine Arts, Bangalore.  At twenty one, she moved to United States.  In 2003, she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts in Oakland.  Uma now holds US citizenship.  She annually returns to Bangalore, to visit family and reconnect.  Uma Iyli makes sculptural installations, paintings and prints.

Group and Solo Exhibits

Painting and Monoprint.  SF Convention and Visitors Bureau,  San Francisco, 2011.

Wall Installation.  SOMArts Bay Gallery,  San Francisco,  2010. Group Exhibit-“Blue Planet” presented by the Pacific Region Women's, a national juried eco-art exhibition. "Blue Planet" examines and explores social, political and economic issues related to water.

Painting and Wall Installation.  Menlo Park Library,  Menlo Park.  2010.

In conjunction with the Beat generation expert Richard Marcel interviewing Al Hinkle, real-life counterpart of the character Ed Dunkel in Jack Kerouac's novel, "On the Road".

Painting  and Wall Installation.  Shelldance Orchid Gallery,  Pacifica.  2009.

Monoprint.  Pacific Art League,  Palo Alto,  2009.

Graphic Design Exhibit,  Micheal P. Vergas Gallery,  Mission College,  2007.

Sculptural Installation (Solo).  Irwin Center Gallery,  California College of Arts, 2002.

Sculptural Installation (Solo).  A21 Exhibition Space, California College of Arts, 2001.

Monoprints (Honors award).  Cultural arts Commission,  City of South San Francisco,  2001

Monoprints and Sculptures.  Olive Hyde Art Gallery,  2001

Sculpture.  Petite Trianon in conjunction with the Mission Chambers Orchestra,   San Jose,  1999

Sculpture.  Olympiad of Art-student art competition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, 1998

Sculpture.  Micheal P. Vergas Gallery,  Mission College,  1998


Recent Exhibits

Uma Iyli participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2010 Artspan Open Studios 2010
La Victoria
Mar, 2010 ArtSpan Benefit Art Show & Auction
SOMArts Cultural Center
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