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Vian Sora - Artists - Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Vian Sora (b. Bagdad, Iraq, 1976) received a BS from Al Mansour University in Baghdad, Iraq in 2000, and an MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky in 2012. She also studied printmaking at the Istanbul Museum of Graphic Art in Istanbul, Turkey. She lives and works in Louisville, KY, USA.

Utilizing a synthesis of styles and iconography taken from both her native, modern and ancient Iraq and adopted cultures, along with a variety of techniques, Vian Sora’s mixed media paintings embody imagery that suggests the struggle of the individual in the face of personal and social upheaval, often employing androgynous figures that transmute into expressionist abstraction.  Her work also takes inspiration from such disparate modern masters as Chaïm Soutine, Willem de Kooning, and Gerhard Richter. Sora’s paintings reflect the zeitgeist of the city while also expanding her vibrantly expressive color palette and distinctive visual language. Having personally experienced several wars while living in Iraq, Sora's search for beauty is translated in her compositions through a conscious embrace of decay, resulting in bright, metaphorical landscapes that simultaneously signify both the tensions and dynamics of change. Dense with ideas, the distillation of experiences, and the transmission of emotion, her atmospheric surfaces, layered with optical ambiguities that create illusions of light and movement, of time and space, allow her to express untold emotional geographies.

A forthcoming survey exhibition of Vian Sora’s paintings will open in 2025 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA and travel to the Asia Society Houston, TX and the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY. Sora has been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including the Speed Museum, Louisville, KY; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah, UAE; Imoga Istanbul Museum of Graphic Art, Istanbul, TR; Japanese Foundation Culture Center, Ankara, TR; and the Baghdad Art International Art Festival in Iraq; as well as the KMAC Triennial, Louisville, KY; the Shands Collection, Louisville, KY; Grinnell Museum of Art, Grinnell, IA; Louisville City Hall, Louisville, KY; and U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C., among others. Sora’s paintings are included in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Dar El Cid Museum, Kuwait City, KW; KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; the Shands Collection, Louisville, KY; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Grinnell College Museum of Art, Grinnell, IA; Ministry of Culture Contemporary Collection, Baghdad, IQ; the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; the Shah Garg Foundation, New York, NY; Fidelity Art Collection, Boston, MA, as well as numerous private collections.

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