Geometric fashioning of color and all-over vigor lend a shamanic aura to Uman's pattern-based work.
Uman’s varied migrations and encounters with heritage influence her bold gestural work. Exuberant, seemingly freestyle markings are influenced by the Arabic calligraphy she studied as a child. Similarly, her distorted self-portraits, talismanic found objects and silhouette images of camels, birds and vessels merge abstraction with figuration, while reflecting her East African desert heritage. Widely traveled and self-trained, Uman’s practice explores gender and cultural fluidity through paintings, drawings and sculpture, while remaining spiritually engaged and instinctive.
Uman was born in Somalia and grew up in Kenya. She emigrated to Denmark in her teens and after a decade there, arrived in New York City with the new millennium. She resides and works in upstate New York.
Uman's work has been exhibited at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto; Fierman Gallery, NY; Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris; Karma, NY and White Columns, NY.
The Earth, That Is Sufficient15 Jul - 1 Sep 2021Nicola Vassell Gallery is pleased to present, The Earth, That is Sufficient. The assembled, multi-generational group enlists various narrative methodologies to describe landscape in traditional terms and as new terrain possessing original and revolutionary spirit. The landscapes on view manifest as thought, object, vista and action. They offer up literal...
An Elegant Return to Form at Independent Art FairWill Heinrich, The New York Times, May 5, 2022
‘THE EARTH, THAT IS SUFFICIENT’ OPENS AT NICOLA VASSELL GALLERYShelton Boyd-Griffith, Grazia Magazine, July 20, 2021
New York Galleries: What to See Right NowRoberta Smith, The New York Times, July 24, 2019
Independent6 - 8 May 2022Nicola Vassell Gallery is pleased to present a new series of paintings by Uman, whose dynamic paintings “present a multiplicity; alongside the juxtaposition of elements, there is also a layering that is often highly complex, and has become more so with time,” - Barry Schwabsky. Online Viewing Room