Kara Maria

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Kara Maria
Born Kara Maria Sloat
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Occupation Artist
Years active 1993 — present
Website http://www.karamaria.com/

Kara Maria is a contemporary American visual artist working in painting and mixed media based in San Francisco.[1] Her work reflects on political topics - feminism, war, and the environment. She borrows from the broad vocabulary of contemporary painting; blending geometric shapes, vivid hues, and abstract marks, with representational elements.[2]

After beginning college at a music conservatory on the East Coast, transferring through a few different schools, and spending a year studying and traveling in Europe, Kara Maria moved to San Francisco in 1990 to attend the University of California at Berkeley. There she earned a BA in Art Practice in 1993, followed by an MFA in 1998.[3]

According to the Sacramento News & Review: "If scientists could record a visual representation of human emotions, it seems plausible that they would look like Kara Maria's paintings. The San Francisco artist's nonrepresentational geometric shapes are exuberantly hued, well-defined and sharp-edged, and they are interrupted by euphoric swirls or by vague, cloudy patches and an occasional flash of a representational item, like a dog or a fly. They're layered, complicated and electric—just like the workings of the mind. Until scientists figure out how to live stream what human emotions look like and project them on a wall, Maria's work may be the closest thing we've got."[4]

Maria’s work can be found in permanent collections including the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; the di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA; the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA among others. She has been the recipient of awards such as a Masterminds Grant from the SF Weekly, San Francisco, CA; a grant from Artadia, New York, NY; and an Eisner Prize from the University of California, Berkeley.[5] In 2014-15 Maria was an Artist in Residence at Recology (the San Francisco dump).[6] She also completed a residency at Djerassi Artist in Residence Program in 2003,[7] and was a Lucas Fellow at the Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA for 2015-16.[8] Presses including Gallery 16, San Francisco;[9] Shark’s Ink, Lyons, CO;[10] and Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA[11] have published her prints.

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