Background

Karina Bania is a mixed media painter living in California. Largely self-taught, her degree is in Business, but she picked up a paintbrush and a backpack the day after graduating. Many years were spent living around the world studying art.

Bania creates work using acrylic and gouache, pigments & dyes from her studies in India, and collage and spraypaint. In addition to exhibitions, Bania has been licensing and selling her artwork to retail boutiques and her paintings have been featured in marketplaces like Restoration Hardware and Land of Nod.

Statement

My paintings explore the abstract geographies that we navigate in our lives. Each painting begins as a field of space from which an environment arises. As the space is acted upon, a conversation ensues between emptiness and fullness, stillness and movement. The compositions that emerge are built from these contrasting forces which together, create a sense of place and balance.

Geometric shapes of color live in harmony with abstract washes of dye. Built up layers of depth grace empty fields of raw, untouched canvas. Mistakes are made, scratched out and left unhidden. This is my trace. Nothing exists without imperfection.

I work from intuition, response and presence. These paintings are created in the moment. Wandering landscapes, searching for wholeness and developing connection are what unfold.