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 and continued her studies at California College of Arts graduating in 2003 with a BFA in Sculpture. In the past few years, her career has launched with various nationwide exhibitions including the New York Chelsea based JanKossens Gallery, San Francisco based Incline & Midway Gallery, and stARTup Art Fairs San Francisco & Los Angeles. Most recently, her work has been nominated for the 2019 SECA award by the SFMOMA, invited to be featured by the Zellerbach Foundation and highlighted as one of three Under The Radar contemporary artists in an article by ArtSlant in 2018. In 2016, Uma's work was awarded The Juried Winner Prize in ArtSlant's 3rd 2016 ArtSlant Price Showcase competition and the "Exposure Award" resulting from the photographic exhibition "Exposed" at the Palo Alto’s Pacific Art League juried by Danny Sanchez of Themes + Projects. In addition, she was selected for the 2015-2016 ArtSpan Residency at the Journal Arts Building in San Francisco awarded the 2014 Juror’s Choice Award by ArtSpan's Open Studios juror Christo Oropeza of Incline Gallery.
Uma currently lives in Portola Valley, CA and maintains her studio at the Journal Arts Building in San Francisco.