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. 

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