Uma Rani Iyli

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(510) 290-5296

Journal Building
1540 Market Street Room #Studio 6
San Francisco, CA 94102


Time-based meditative processes such as repetitive patterning and marking, weaving and stitching inform my art. Inspired by process, I used various tools sourced from everyday life to create my paintings as well as my installations and photographs. Bright and vibrant colors from my East Indian roots and heritage inspired by traditional Sari’s are transformed into new constructions used as source material for my photographs and as material for my installations. Examining ancient cultures with a focus on traditional notions of women’s work, my work is about making connections with those practices stemming background and vast travels within our contemporary landscape through abstraction.


​Born in Bangalore, India in 1974, Uma Rani Iyli is a San Francisco Bay Area artist working in mixed media installations, sculpture, paintings and photography. She received her foundation art education at the College of Fine Arts, Bangalore. At twenty-one, she moved to United States. In 2003, Uma received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts in Oakland and has been an active part of the San Francisco based art community since. In the past few years, her career has launched with various nationwide exhibitions. This past year, her work was featured at the New York Chelsea based JanKossens Gallery in their spring exhibition “Abstractions of the Ordinary", at the San Francisco based Incline Gallery as well as at the San Francisco stARTUp Art Fair with an artist interview surrounding her room by Editor Alex Mak of Broke-Ass Stuart.
In 2016, she participated in invitational exhibitions at The Midway Gallery and at ArtSpan's 2016 stARTUp Art Fair exhibition as well as recognized as the Juried winner in ArtSlant 3rd 2016 ArtSlant Price Showcase competition. In 2015, Uma's work was featured in the "Abstract Catalyst Exhibition" in Portland and in the photography exhibition "Exposed" at the Palo Alto’s Pacific Art League, juried by Danny Sanchez of Themes + Projects. That same year, her work was published in the "Exposure Award" publication, ArtSpan 2015 guide competition, the "Trending" WCA on-line exhibit and catalog, as well as Broke-Ass Stuart’s feature about ArtSpan’s 2015 Open Studios written by Candice Cui. In addition, she was selected for the 2015-2016 ArtSpan Residency at the Journal Arts Building in San Francisco where she currently continues to be an artist in residence. In 2014, Uma received ‘Juror’s choice’ award at “ArtSpan SF Open Studios by juror Christo Oropeza of Incline Gallery. Her works have been selected for national juried shows such as “WCA Best of 2014 Exhibition” and “Blue Planet”, an Eco-art exhibition presented by Pacific Region Women’s Caucus for Arts. Uma has also shown work in Public venues such as Saratoga Library, Menlo Park Library and SF Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Uma currently lives in Portola Valley, CA and maintains her studio at the Journal Arts Building in San Francisco.