Artist

Soraya Abu Naba'a

1985, American

Selected works 2011 - 2018
 
Soraya Abu Naba’a www.sorayaabunabaa.com

Education
2016-2018 Master in Painting, Royal College of Arts, London, United Kingdom
2014    Columbia University in New York City (Summer Session)
2008    Accademia di Arti, in Florence, Italy (Summer Session)
2007    BA in Fine Arts, Paris American Academy, Paris, France
2005    Altos de Chavón, La Romana, Dominican Republic (summer session)
2004    Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises, Université La Sorbonne, Paris, France
2003-2004 Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises, Université La Sorbonne, Paris, France
2002-2003 Altos de Chavón, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (continuing education in drawing, painting, art history and fashion)
2001    Parson University, Paris, France (summer session)
 
Group Shows
2018    Contemporary, Gary Nader, Miami, FL USA
2018    Raw, old Macy’s store, Miami, FL, USA
2018    27vo Concurso León Jimenes, Centro León, Santiago, Dom. Rep.
2018    Carré Latin, Palais Royal, Paris, France
2018    Degree Show, Royal College of Arts, London, United Kingdom
2018    Thumbnails, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
2017    WIP, Royal College of Arts, London, United Kingdom
2017    Raw, Historic Post Office, Miami, Fl, USA
2016    ArtRio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016    Modern and Contemporary Auction, Gary Nader Art Centre, Miami, FL, USA
2015    All inclusive, Torstrasse 101, Berlin, Germany
2014    Unveiling renderings of LAAM, Latin American, Modern and Contemporary Masters Show, Gary Nader Art Centre,
Miami, FL, USA
2014    ARTecho, A remix of abundance: Constructing sustainability, Sun West Studios, NY, USA
2014    Summer intensive painting course, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
2014    Mnemonics, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (catalogue)
2014    Diaspora of the drums, art and culture, Harvard University, Boston, MA,USA
2013    27th Visual Arts Biennale, Modern Art Museum, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (catalogue)
2012    XXIV Concurso E. León Jimenes, Santiago, Dominican Republic (catalogue)
2011    Contemporary, Modern and Latin American Auction, Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery, Miami, FL, USA (catalogue)
2011    The Grand Show, Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
2011    Pinta Art Fair, Manhattan, NY, USA
2011    26th Visual Arts Biennale, Modern Art Museum, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic(catalogue)
2010    The Grand show, Gary Nader Fine Arts Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
2010    Great masters, small works, Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery, Miami,FL,USA
2010    Fiart, Fine Arts Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2010    The World Expo, Shanghai, China.
2010    Dream Box Project, District & Co, Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
 

2009    The grand show, Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery, Miami, USA
2009    Coflusiones, Arte Berri, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2009    Intertwined, Jose Miura Studio, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2009    25th Visual Arts Biennale, Modern Art Museum, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2009    Fiart, International Art Fair, Fine Arts Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
2009    somos artistAs, Fine Arts Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2009    hola.primavera, Casas Reales Museum, Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic.
2008    The Grand Show, Gary Nader Fine Arts Gallery, Miami, USA
2008    International Exhibition, Nader Art Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2008    XXII Contest E. León Jimenes, Santiago, Dominican Republic
2008    Hispanic Heritage, Gary Nader Fine Arts, Miami, USA
2008    Shanghai Art Fair, Latin American Pavilion, Shanghai, China
2007    II Biennial of Cándido Bidó in Bonao, Dominican Republic (catalogue)
2007    Association of Caribbean States, Trinidad and Tobago
2007    ARWI, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2006    Group show, Paris American Academy, Paris, France
2005    Group show, Paris American Academy, Paris, France
 
Solo shows

2017    Selected work, Soraya Abu Naba’a, Gary Nader Art Centre, Miami, Fl, USA
2016    Time’s Territories, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dom.Rep.(catalogue) 2015    Signs of a presence, La Galleria, London, United Kingdom (catalogue)
2015    Interception of a moment, Selected works, 2005 -2015, Fine Arts Palace, Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep. (catalogue) 2013    Parallel reality, Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery, Miami, USA
2012    Since yesterday, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 2012    Multiverse, Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery, Miami, Fl, USA (catalogue) 2010    Into the Deep, Royal Houses Museum, Sto.Dgo., Dominican Republic. 2010    Scars in the sand, The Sanctuary Hotel, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic. 2009    Osmosis, Gary Nader Fine Arts Miami, USA
2009    Osmosis, Dar Al Anda Gallery, Amman, Jordan.
2009    Collective Individuality, Nader Art Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 2008    Rizoma, Nader Art Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
2007    Genetikos, Paris American Academy in Paris, France
 
I have divided my work presented into series that I have worked through my practice. My interest are diverse as well as the mediums I use to channel my concerns ranging from identity, erasure, womanhood, time and space mixing traditional ways of painting with processes and diverse materials.

In my earlier work, I created in my art practice a personal language, through my own symbols, shapes and lines. For the reader, a suitable contrast might be what Rimbaud describes as giving colors to each vowel “A noir, E white, I rouge, U vert, O bleu: voyelles , Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes ( A for black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels, I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins).

My visual compositions carried traces of my culture and places where I had lived, but these were only fragments, not samples or accurate appropriations. My artwork was the result of simplifying the complexities of an identity by filtering the outside world through form and color. Departing from the abstraction of this visual language, I engaged with the body, rendering through forms and color, lines that revealed faces and bodies to depict the social fabric of the Dominican Republic, using friends, family and strangers. I used photography as a tool, sometimes setting the scene in the studio with the sitter or from pictures taken in markets.

I regard my practice as statements of my life, they carry traces of the places I have been and my surroundings. When I was pregnant my interests changed, the medium changed, as well as my perception of the world. As I felt my body evolving I wanted my work to become more visceral, more human, and the representation of the body became my main interest, not as the real image but as what it can be. I regarded the skin as a malleable boundary and from this point the body as a fluid. As a whole my work is guided by the possibilities of paint and painting itself, the desire to create narratives through form and color without neglecting my surroundings.

My interest of the human form in a less representational manner began after the series done as the heteronym María Nader, the character embodying my grandmother’s life experiences.


Statement

I view my art practice as an exploratory and introspective instrument, through a variety of modes that include drawing, painting, and installation. I create silhouettes from automatic drawings, using them as templates, which I then repeat in the canvas as if mirroring the soul, the body and the mind. I weave my personal concerns with a wider contemporary view of the body, stripping the traditional sexual use of depicting the female form to a gaze of introspection. I repurpose color theory to enhance movement within the form, nevertheless making the bodies intertwine. I apply references of modes of painting found in early abstraction, surrealism, orphism and futurism, with a great interest in expanding these aesthetics from a 2 dimensional plane to a 3 dimensional space, creating the work a tangible and more visceral experience, through the dynamic superposition and layering of materials and mediums.

I don’t want to confine myself into one path but rather experiment through material and processes ways I can translate my physiological and physical state referencing my multicultural background to raise question of identity, gender, womanhood and motherhood. I use autobiographical elements and art historical exercises as the backbone of the process of making work, even though the engagement whilst making the work becomes a being itself guided by the interactions of the materials employed.

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