Based in New York, Uncommon Beauty Gallery represents artists from all over the world. From emerging to established and across all ages, the gallery predominately features the work of female artists.
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Viktoria Sorochinski is a photographer who currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Sorochinski is a Ukrainian-born Canadian who left the USSR in 1990. After living in Israel, she received her bachelor degree of Studio Arts and Photography from the Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. In 2008, she received her MFA from New York University before moving to Berlin. Throughout her work, Sorochinski demonstrates a compelling new vision in the genre of portraiture, as demonstrated by her recent win of the prestigious Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture in 2018. Sorochinski has shown in nearly 60 exhibitions in 18 countries throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia. Her work is published and reviewed in over 70 international publications including her monograph “Anna & Eve” published in Germany by Peperoni Books in 2013. She is also a winner and finalist of numerous international competitions, fellowships and awards including Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Lucie Award (Discovery of the Year), LensCulture Exposure Award/Emerging Talent Award, Magenta Flash Forward, PDN Photo Annual, J.M.Cameron Award, Voies Off Arles Award, Review Santa Fe, Descubrimientos PHE, BluePrint Fellowship and Canada Council for the Arts Grant among others.
Taher Jaoui was born in Tunis, Tunisia. In 2007 he graduated from the world re-known Sorbonne University in Paris. He now lives and works between Paris and Berlin. Jaoui’s compositions are built through an intuitive and unconscious process. His inspiration comes from many sources, including cartoons, graffitis, street art, abstract expressionism and primitivism.
Jaoui’s work mixes paintings and drawing in ways that are both abstract and figurative. His colorful compositions stimulate the viewers feelings and imagination and let them build their own interpretation. Jaoui attractively combines a full palette of color and texture, using oil, enamel, spray paint and charcoal on canvas. Jaoui is represented by galleries in London, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Dubai. His works prominently figure in numerous private collections in Europe and the Middle-East.
Evelyn Sosa Rojas was born in 1989 in Havana, Cuba. An emerging photographer who specializes in portraits when she is not busy covering events like the Havana Marathon, Sosa lives and works in Havana. A staunch feminist, Sosa wants to show the power of femininity through photos of women in different familiar or intimate settings. in 2016, Sosa was the winner of the prestigious Herman Puig Prize, awarded yearly to the best artist of the Body Photography Salon in Havana.
Uncommon Beauty Gallery is proud to bring Sosa’s work for the first time in the United States. We curated a set of woman’s portraits in limited edition where Sosa captures the very essence of each subject in a simple, sensual and compelling way that is highly representative of Sosa’s amazing talent.
Andrea Hurtarte, born to Guatemalan parents in 1988, lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Although her passion for painting and drawing started at a very early age, her love for watercolor really flourished during her studies at Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University School of Fine Art and has continually led to a deep exploration of the medium. Hurtarte’s artwork has a strong sense of spatial depth originating in her studying of architecture during her Master program at Université de Montréal. Hurtarte now operates her own studio, ANML, in Montreal.
Hurtarte’s work creates a refined tension between lucid and flowing forms, inciting a shift of perception between the superimposed layers of content. Using specific vehicles for color and expression, the guiding dark lines define, while the fluid watercolor generate a sense of spontaneity. The compositions are intended to have multiple readings; the seemingly opposing components lead the viewer to actively perceive the image in their minds.
The deconstructed color palette evokes the human skin and concurrently creates space for a timeless nude body. The work alludes to Kandinsky, Japanese calligraphy, as well as the wabi-sabi aesthetic, through the simplicity of lines and use of color that effortlessly define space.
Hurtarte’s deeply emotionally evocative work aims to draw in the viewer by revealing intimate situations, aspects of the human experience, and evidence of the mindset/process of the artist.
Lara Minerva, born in 1992, is a Berlin-based artist with a bi-national and bi-cultural German-Greek background. She recently graduated with a degree in psychology from the "Freie Universität Berlin". Lara creates her collages when her “soul is burning and needs to transform a feeling, a conflict, or a thought into something more expressive and tangible”. Her collage work is very sensual and frequently addresses conflicts or opposites, often around objects of desire, freedom, and love. Lara touches the viewer at a deep emotional level. She was recently featured in RedMilk Magazine and i-D Vice amongst others. Lara's collages appear in numerous private collections in Europe and the USA where she recently had a very successful New York show.
Renee is a graduate of University of Miami and currently lives and works in Chelsea, NYC. Investigating the natural world at both macro and micro levels, Renee aims to freeze moments in time and evolutionary progress. The observation of life cycles throughout natural and urban environments allows her to translate the constantly changing rhythms of growth, decay, rebirth, and regeneration onto each substrate. Renee's process relies heavily on learned alchemical techniques, intuition and physicality. An intensive layering and re-working of the canvas results in highly tactile and seductive surfaces: paint is poured on; sanded off; manipulated with the elements of heat, wind and water; glazed; enameled and reapplied until a certain energetic frequency is achieved.
The Shape of Color, The Soho House, West Hollywood 2018
Uncommon Beauty, New York 2017
In and Out, Muriel Guépin Gallery, New York 2016
MADE, Architectural Digest Design Show, New York 2016
DISCOVERY: Shatha Al Dafai
Shatha Al Dafai, a self-taught artist, lives in Muscat, Oman, where she graduated from Sultan Qaboos University in 2016 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After completing her degree, Shatha invested her time to create one line art that is inspired by faces and feelings. She aims at depicting the complications of life through one line. She found some kind of freedom in creating different faces without lifting the pen.
Being open to different art forms gives Shatha a broad perspective on the arts and helps her create unique artworks in her very own style.
Jongmin Joy Kim was born in 1991 in Gumi, South Korea. Soon after he graduated college, Kim moved to New York in 2014. He briefly attended the School of Visual Art, SVA, before realizing that academic art training was unnecessary for his art to freely express itself. In a recent interview with Philos, Kim summarizes his art practice: “I always paint about the moment I am experiencing… trying to show the Beauty of all.” Since he moved to New York, Kim has been a full time artist with a studio first in Chelsea and now in Bushwick. His career took off in 2017 as Kim was featured in several solo and group shows on both coasts. Kim’s work is featured in many private collections in the USA and Korea.
Alexandria Deters, born in 1992 in California, is a New York based artist. She recently graduated with a Master in American Fine and Decorative Art from the world renowned Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. Deters uses the medium of embroidery that she also sees as a form of meditation. She loves the repetitive stitching finding it very therapeutic. Deters practice is deeply rooted in her personal experience successfully fighting eating disorders and mental health issues. She specializes in portraits that reveal the beauty inherent in the vulnerability of sexuality expression. Her portraiture is based on photographs, often erotic, that the subjects take of themselves. Deters empowers the viewers to see the unique beauty in themselves as well as in all types of bodies and sexual expression.
Born in 1987, Nina Klein is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Santa Monica, CA. Klein creates minimal figurative drawings and sculptural, impasto, and abstract paintings that explore the human condition. Klein utilizes a variety of materials to create her lines, shapes and sculptural texture, including pen, pencil, digital drawing tools, oil paint, plaster and metal wire. She displays her versatility, continually working with seemingly limitless forms of media. Through her work, she highlights and advocates femininity as an aim to create a shift in the social construct of the inferiority it holds against masculinity. Klein sheds light on the fact that feminine design and tastes are valued lower than masculine tastes and aesthetics, and she seeks to disband this inequality.
Anna Aristova is an artist and designer born in 1983 in Krasnodar, Russia. She graduated Kuban State University with a Masters in Linguistics and Russian Literature, and Bachelors in Fine Arts with a focus on ceramics and printmaking. She moved to New York in 2006 and has been running her interior design practice since 2008. In 2013, Aristova co-founded A Space, an art & design studio that aims to bring in the timeless beauty of nature to contemporary lifestyle. Aristova creates ceramics often inspired by the female form, experience and gaze. Apart from white English ceramic work, she also creates black ceramics using a black clay from Mexico. In both cases, gold leaf is used to accent the work. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind creation that beckons to look beyond mere form and material, and to connect to the primal nature of the elements.
Shiyi Sheng was born in Jinhua, China and got her BFA from Normal University of Zhejiang in 2000, before earning an Art degree from the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in France in 2006. Sheng’s inspiration is based on the contemporary evolution of the Chinese culture with a noticeable western influence, particularly in her use of a rich palette of bright colors. Her artwork exudes subtlety, depth and insight that express her love of the Chinese culture. Sheng’s work has been shown in numerous museum and Gallery shows and is part of many public and private collections in China, France and the USA. Sheng is also a photographer and video producer. Her documentary “Cross Cultural Couples” has been shown in many international venues. Cheng currently lives and work in Chengdu and frequently travels to Paris and New York.
Ygal Gabay was born in 1969 in Harlem, The Netherlands and subsequently lived in Belgium and Israel. Since 1998 Ygal dedicates his life to art. He is an outsider artist, also known as Art Brut, as he has no formal academic art education and is entirely self taught. This allows him unfettered creativity. Ygal's intuitive and spontaneous work transports the viewer in a world steeped in freedom, color and dreamlike forms. Ygal is based in Brussels, Belgique and frequently travels to New York, and Tel Aviv. Ygal's work is prominently featured in private collections in Belgium, USA, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv.