Cynthia Ona Innis

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Cynthia Ona Innis
Born Cynthia Ona Innis
San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Nationality American
Education M.F.A. Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (1994), B.A., University of California at Berkeley (1991)
Known for Painting
Awards 2006 SF Arts Commission Gallery Honorarium and Exhibition, James D. Phelan Award in Printmaking, MacDowell Colony Fellowship and Residency, Kala Fellowship Residency, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA., James D. Phelan Award in Painting, UC Berkeley, CA (1991)

Cynthia Ona Innis (born 1969) is an American painter, sculptor and visual artist raised in San Diego and based out of Oakland.[1] Her work has been described as "paintings one doesn't look at so much as immerse oneself in",[1] as well as "sensual", "organic" and "science fiction-y" where "a futuristic heaven-meets-hell".[2] Innis graduated with a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her post-graduate M.F.A. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has received the San Francisco Arts Commission Honorarium, the James D. Phelan Award in printmaking, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and Residency award, and the James D. Phelan Award in painting, among other awards and recognition.[3]

Innis has been a visiting art professor and/or faculty member at several prominent universities and arts institutes. Among the institutions where Innis has taught, are the University of California at Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute and Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.[4] Her work is represented by the Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles,[1] and is in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Jose Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Microsoft Art Collection.

Personal life[edit]

Innis is the daughter of architect Donald Innis and his wife Virginia, a teacher and floral designer. Cynthia Ona Innis is married to Sascha Weiss, executive chef at San Francisco's The Plant Cafe Organic.[5] Innis recently gave birth to her first daughter Ona and resides in the Bay Area. Her sister is film editor Chris Innis.[6]

Further reading[edit]

  • Myers, Holly,"Immersed in an Artists Vision: Cynthia Ona Innis at Walter Maciel Gallery" Los Angeles Times, Friday, March 28, 2008.
  • Gray, Emma, "Emma Gray's Top LA Ten Picks" Saatchi's Daily Magazine, April 2008.
  • Kavass, Veronica. "Conversations 3, Amy Globus and Cynthia Ona Innis,", May 2006.
  • Myers, Holly. "They're Subtle Yet Absorbing: Cynthia Ona Innis at Walter Maciel Gallery," Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2006.
  • New American Paintings, Number 37, Open Studios Press.
  • New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Arts 1994, Exhibition Catalog, New Jersey State Museum.
  • Rodriguez, Juan, “Cynthia Innis at the Braunstein/Quay Gallery,” Artweek, Vol. 33, Issue 1, February 2002.
  • Rubin, Sylvia.“Big Easy,” San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine, Cover and pages 1, 14-18, February 27, 2005.
  • Shnoor, Chris, “Satin Underground: Boise Exposed in Pink,” Boise Weekly, Vol. 11, June 2003.
  • Taft, Catherine. "Cynthia Ona Innis at the Walter Maciel Gallery." ArtReview, August 2006.
  • Tapley, Brendan. "Open Studio-Painter Cynthia Ona Innis," Artweek, Vol. 34, No. 1, Summer 2005.
  • Van Proyen, Mark. "'Close Calls: 2006' at Headlands Center for the Arts," Artweek, Vol. 37, Issue 3, April 2006.