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Uma Iyli

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Birthplace
Bangalore, India

Birth year
1974

Lives in
Fremont, California, USA

Works in
Fremont, California

Website

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

Representing galleries
NewYorkART.com (on-line)

Tags
sculpture, conceptual, abstract, installation, mixed-media

Statement

EDUCATION

  • Bachelors of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts in Oakland, CA. 2003
  • Associate Art Degree from Mission College, Santa Clara, CA. 1999
  • Certificate in Digital Arts, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA. 1998
  • Foundation Art Education at the College of Fine Arts, Bangalore, India

Photography: Q-tip Connection Statement (2015)
These Q-tips (cotton swabs) are 'tools' which I have used in making my paintings. I see beauty in these piles of used (junk) Q-tips. and worthy of 'capturing' before they are altered or transformed further. 
Conceptually the network of these Q-tips is about networking and making connections. I've been sharing this work and connecting with people on Instagram.
Instagram ID: Uma_Rani_Iyli

Recent recognitions for this work:

  • Photograph " Q-tip Connection-Green Gold" received ArtSlant 4th 2015 Showcase winner under the photography category.
  • Photograph  "Q-tip Connection- Red 1" was included in the digital display at the Exposure Award Reception at the Louvre on July 13th 2015. The image was shown as part of Fifth Annual Exposure Award by See/Me.  The photograph is published in the books featuring select Exposure Award Collections, in the "Art Photography Collection" book.
  • Q-tip Connection-Orange-3" selected as one of four Finalists in ArtSpan's 2015 SF Open Studios Guide Cover Competition! Artwork will appear within the guide at the start of one of the weekend sections. Jurors: Guide Designer, Jeremy of Asterisk SF and ArtSpan staff.

Artist Statement

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 artworks 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 q-tips in an installation --speak to certain environmental and societal issues that intrigue me.
 I am  interested in using non-traditional artistic media and techniques in my work. People see my art as clean and beautiful. My goal is to create stimulating visual experience for the audience that is visually appealing and simple, but yet layered with multiplicity of meanings.

Biography

Uma Rani Iyli is a San Francisco Bay Area artist working in mixed media installations, sculpture, paintings and prints. Uma’s recent accomplishments include, ‘Juror’s choice’ award at “ArtSpan SF Open Studios 2014” Exhibition.  Her works have been selected for national juried shows such as, “WCA Best of 2014 Exhibition” and “Blue Planet” an eco-art exhibition, presented by Pacific Region Women’s Caucus for Arts. Uma has also shown work in Public venues such as Saratoga Library, Menlo Park Library and SF Convention and Visitors Bureau. 
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 Bachelors 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. 

EXIBITIONS

 2014-2015

  • ArtSpan SF Open Studios: Fort Mason Center in the Herbst Pavilion. October 24th and 25th.  Photography, "Q-tip Connection- Orange 3" selected as one of four Finalists in ArtSpan's 2015 SF Open Studios Guide Cover Competition! Artwork will appear within the guide at the start of one of the weekend sections. Jurors: Guide Designer, Jeremy of Asterisk SF and ArtSpan staff. (Up-Coming)
  • Installation/photography/paintings. "Splendor" RAW San Francisco Event. Ruby Skye, June 17th, Installed my new work, Q-tip "Garland" Installation at the event.  
  • ArtCrashers.  On-line Exhibit. April-Present. 2015
  • Mixed Media Sculpture. SOMArts, ArtSpan SF Open Studios Exhibition, San Francisco, 2014.  Artwork on exhibit received Juror's Choice award. (Juror: Christa Oropeza co-founder of Incline Galley, San Francisco.) 
  • Paintings/Monotype Prints. ArtSpan SF Open Studios at Ruth's Table Gallery. San Francisco, November 2014. (An artwork now is in Permanent Collection at Ruth's Table)
  • Installation. "WCA Best of 2014 Exhibition", ARC Gallery, Chicago, Feb. 2014. National jury selected group exhibit and artwork printed in Women's Caucus for the Arts 2014/15 calendar.

2010-2013

  • Painting. “Elements of Expression Exhibition”, Art 29 Space, Chelsea, NY NY. Sept. 2013.
  • Painting/Monoprint. Saratoga Library, Saratoga. 2013. 
  • Painting/Monoprint. SF Convention and Visitors Bureau, San Francisco, 2011.
  • "Sea of Blue" Wall Installation. SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco. "Blue Planet" an Eco-Art Exhibit. National jury selected group exhibition with Women's Caucus for the Art. 2010
  • Painting and Wall Installation. Menlo Park Library, Menlo Park. 2010.

2000-2009

  • 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.
  • Monoprint (Honors award). Cultural arts Commission, City of South San Francisco, 2001
  • Monoprint and Sculptures. Olive Hyde Art Gallery, 2001

AWARDS and RECOGNISION 

  • Photograph  "Q-tip Connection- Red 2" was included in the digital display at the Louvre on July 13th 2015 as part of the Exposure Award Art Photography Collection. The image was shown as part of Fifth Annual Exposure Award by See/Me.   The Art Photography Collection book is now being published.  
  • Photography, "Q-tip Connection Orange 3" selected as one of four Finalists in ArtSpan's 2015 SF Open Studios Guide Cover Competition! Image will appear within the guide at the start of one of the weekend sections. Jurors: Guide Designer, Jeremy of Asterisk SF and ArtSpan staff.

  • Juror's Choice award. For Mixed Media Sculpture. SOMArts, ArtSpan SF Open Studios Exhibition, San Francisco, 2014. (Juror: Christa Oropeza co-founder of Incline Gallery, San Francisco.)
  • Monoprint (Honors award). Cultural arts Commission, City of South San Francisco, 2001
  • Scholarship Award: at California College of Arts 
  • Scholarship Award: at Mission College, Santa Clara. 

PUBLICATIONS 

  • "Q-tip Connection-Red" was shown as part of Fifth Annual Exposure Award by See/Me.  The photograph is published in the books featuring select Exposure Award Collections, in the "Art Photography Collection" book.
  • Artwork selected in a competition to be printed in ArtSpan's 2015 SF Open Studios Guide Book at the 'start' of one of the weekends. Coming soon.
  • American Art Collector, Juried Competition of New Work, 2015 (printed) and 2016(coming soon). 
  • Calendar- 2014/2015. "WCA Best of 2014 Exhibition", ARC Gallery, Chicago, Feb. 2014.  
  • Catalog-“Blue Planet” presented by the Pacific Region Women's, a national juried eco-art exhibition. 
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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