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Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian

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Bucharest, Romania

Lives in
Oakland, CA

Works in
San Francisco, CA


University of Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts 'Nicolae Grigorescu' Bucharest, Romania, 2000, BFA
University of Delaware, 2002, MFA
San José State University, 2005, MFA

Representing galleries

abstract, conceptual, graffiti/street-art


Ema Harris-Sintamarian is an artist originally from Romania whose work is informed by the relationship of her identity to her sense of displacement, and the ways she has devised to reconcile these incongruous elements. Her intricate yet expansive drawings tackle the dichotomy between containment and liberation by infusing a static diagram with a charge that propels it into motion.  Harris-Sintamarian is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, and her work has also been shown in New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Sweden, France, Canada, Austria, Italy and Romania.  She is the recipient of the 2013 Eureka Fellowship/ Fleishhacker Foundationthe, the 2010 Silicon Valley Arts Council Award 2008 ArtShift Award and has participated in the residency programs at the Djerassi, Vermont Studio Center and San Jose ICA.  She received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware and an MFA in Painting from San Jose Sate University.  She is an Adjunct Instructor at San Jose State University and San Jose City College.



Solo Exhibitions –Selected

2012     Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA (upcoming)
2010     Silicon Valley Arts Council: Artist Fellowship 2010, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
2009     Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007     Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
            Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
            KALEID Project, San Jose, CA
2006    Foreshadowing XYX, , Works Gallery-P2 Installation Space, San Jose, CA
           Travels Through Hyper Reality, Lavinia Center, Milton, DE
2005    Savage Garden; Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
           How Could I Live without Ads, Open Studio, Works –San Jose Gallery, San Jose, CA

Group Exhibitions-Selected

New York Art Biennial, New York, NY
In Other Words, Intersection for The Arts, San Francisco, CA
Momentum, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Collector's Choice, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA
Belly of the Beast, ArtObject Gallery,San Jose, CA
Everything is in motion, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

54th Venice Biennale: digital production: VIP Opening Reception, Boston Online Project, Venice, Italy
Boston Online Biennial 2011,
Shattered: 6th Annual MarinMOCA National Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
No Dead Artist, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
California, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Depth of Meaning, (June 10/August 31st) Caladan Gallery, Cambridge, MA
“Lobby Project”- finalists YBCA, San Francisco, CA
Expo 30, B.J.Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY
West Coast Biennial, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA
Annual 2011, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA

Painting on the Edge, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
United Cultures, TravelGallery, Vienna, Austria
Small Works, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Australia
Scope Miami 2010, finalist: digital display, Miami, FL
2010 Bay Area Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
New Directions ’10, Barret Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Secret Drawing, Palo Alto Center for the Arts, Palo Alto, CA

Little Works, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
This is not a Poster, Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Jose CA

Gertrude Herbert-Institute of Art, “ A Sense of Place”, Augusta, GE
Sobrato Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Show: Niklas Belenius Gallery , Stockholm, Sweden;
Drawing: Vision, Surfaces and Beyond,Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Ripples, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
New Generation, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Little Works, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
Juried Annual 2007, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA

Storm, Swarm Gallery, Oakland CA,
New Vision: Introduction 2006, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
Theory of Relativity, Soap Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Eat Me, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Connections-National Juried Exhibition, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
Crossovers: Crafts- Art- Design, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
6th Annual Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

New Visions: Introductions 2005, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Annual Small Works, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Big Deal-Visual Aid, SOMA Art, San Francisco, CA
Glim Glum Glam, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Say What? ArtSF, San Francisco, CA


2013        Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA
2011        Djerassi Alumni Artists’ Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA
2010        Lawren Harris Award/Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, Canada   
               Silicon Valley Arts Council: Artist Fellowship 2010, San Jose, CA
2008       Award of Excellence- ACGI Gallery,Berkeley, CA
                ArtShift Award, ARTShift Magazine, San Jose CA
2006        Fellowship: Artist’s Grant— Vermont Studio Center; Johnson, VT
2005        Nomination SECA-SFMOMA-History Art Award
                Fellowship: Artist’s Grant— Vermont Studio Center; Johnson, VT
               AIR Program Fellowship Works-San Jose Gallery—Works, San Jose, CA


2010     Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA
2007     Artist in Residency, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
2006     Vermont Studio Center, (March) Vermont
2005     Works-San Jose, (June-August) San Jose, CA

Recent Exhibits

Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 Inspire Artists Who Inspire You
Pro Arts Gallery
Jun, 2012 Everything Is In Motion
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
Mar, 2012 In Other Words: Artists Talk
Intersection for the Arts/ Intersection 5M
Feb, 2012 In Other Words
Intersection for the Arts/ Intersection 5M
Dec, 2011 Everything Is In Motion
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
Aug, 2011 California! All Media: 28th Annual Juried Exhibition
Berkeley Art Center
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