Karen Azarnia

Karen Azarnia’s recent work focuses on the dialog between memory and painterly gesture. Based on an archive of personal photos and videos, her paintings fluctuate between abstraction and representation, a reflection of the fluid nature of perception.

She received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited nationally, and is a grant recipient from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been included in Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, and Newcity Art. Azarnia currently teaches in the Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.