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