Uma Rani Iyli

(510) 290-5296

NOV 4 & 5, 2017
Journal Building
1540 Market Street Room #Pod 1, 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.


Uma Rani Iyli is a San Francisco Bay Area artist working in mixed media installations, sculpture, paintings and photography. Uma’s recent accomplishments include "Wallpaper: Mirrored Identities" group exhibition at Midway Gallery in San Francisco, the selection of her work as Juried winner in ArtSlant 3rd 2016 ArtSlant Price Showcase competition, ArtSpan group exhibit at stARTup Art Fair, San Francisco, "Abstract Catalyst Exhibition" in Portland, Exposed-Photography exhibit in Palo Alto’s Pacific Art League juried by Danny Sanchez of Themes + Projects, "Exposure Award" publication, ArtSpan 2015 guide competition, and the "Trending" WCA on-line exhibit and catalog. In addition, she was selected for the 2015-2016 ArtSpan Residency at the Journal Arts Building in San Francisco. Uma received ‘Juror’s choice’ award at “ArtSpan SF Open Studios in 2014 by juror Christo Oropeza and was featured in Broke-Ass Stuart’s feature about ArtSpan’s 2015 Open Studios written by Candice Cui. 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 Rani Iyli was born in Bangalore, India, in 1974. She received her foundation art education at the College of Fine Arts, Bangalore. At twenty-one, she moved to United States. In 2003, she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts in Oakland. She currently lives in the Portola Valley and maintains her studio at the Journal Arts Building in San Francisco.