Kunik began as a watercolorist and landscape painter, but, wanting to work more conceptually, she returned to school, earning a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Informed by environmental issues and questions that impact daily life, Kunik’s abstract paintings began referencing environmental problems, which prompted her to begin a four-year community gardening project that also fed a large number of hungry artist/gardeners. Kunik then turned to fine art photography in order to investigate perception as it relates to the vegetables she cultivated in her gardens. Her current body of work combines photography and painting, exploring the disconnect that she sees in human beings between the persona they show the world and the person inside.
Kunik has been in more than 70 exhibitions, including numerous solo shows in galleries throughout Los Angeles. She has also exhibited in Europe at Germany’s Contemporary Art Ruhr, Italy and in Peru. In addition, Kunik had painting residencies in Canisy, France, Assisi, Italy, and Civitella, Italy. Her work has been in Photo LA (2011 and 2012), Art Basel Miami (2017) and has also been shown in galleries and museums in New York and throughout California. Kunik was born in Chicago, Illinois, earning a BA degree from the University of Illinois and an MS from Chicago’s DePaul University. She moved to Beverly Hills, CA in 1978, where she currently resides.
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