Sonya Sklaroff finds beauty in the everyday: a lone figure walking down a New York street on a rainy night; a barber concentrating on his work; a country house on a lake. Her paintings focus on the poetry of daily life that is often overlooked. A late afternoon on a street of brick buildings and parked cars reveals the interplay between somber shadows and vibrant light, the contrast of warm and cool colors, or the juxtaposition of intricate architectural detail and vast expanse of sky. Using thick brushstrokes, vivid color, and dynamic compositions, Sklaroff captures the beauty of the mundane.
While Sklaroff lives and works in New York City, her paintings have been exhibited worldwide in galleries and museums and are represented in public and private collections including the Phillips Museum of Art, the Cahoon Museum of Art, the Consul General of France, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brown-Forman Corporation (parent company of Jack Daniels), FactSet Research Systems, Clarins USA, Fannie Mae, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the US Department of State.
She received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and participated in RISD’s prestigious European Honors Program. She earned her MFA in painting from Parsons School of Design. She has completed numerous artist-in-residency programs including Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views Project, where Sklaroff was awarded a 9-month studio space on the 91st floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center.
Sklaroff recently completed her one-woman exhibition at the Ferrari Gallery in Vevey, Switzerland, and is currently preparing for her upcoming solo exhibition opening September 2019, in Versailles, France at Galerie Anagama.SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
New York State Museum, Albany, NY – Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY – Arnot Art Museum, Elmira NY – Ferrari Gallery, Vevey, Switzerland – 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC – Flint Institute of Arts, Flint MI – Cavalier Galleries, New York / Nantucket MA – Memorial Art Gallery at University of Rochester, NY – McGrath Dunham Gallery, Castine ME – McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio TX – Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Mt. Kisco NY – RISD Alumni Juried Exhibition, Providence RI – E&EV Auction House, Drouot Montaigne, Paris, France – SVG Collection, Nantucket MA – Sherry French Gallery, NYC – SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe NM
The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster PA – Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit MA – Homeland Security Office, Washington DC – Trade Offices of the French Embassy, New York NY – Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville KY – Clarins USA, New York NY – Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston MA – FactSet Research Systems, Norwalk CT – Fannie Mae Collection, Washington DC – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA – Warburg Pincus, New York NY – Hessel & Aluise, Washington DC
The New York Times – Moriarty Magazine – American Artist Magazine – AirFrance Madame – The Providence Journal – Elle Decoration – La Dépêche du Midi – American Arts Quarterly – City Journal – Gallery Guide West – American Art Collector – The Washington Post – Edition Internationale du Figaro, France-Amerique – USArt – American Artist