Bio

Kira Nam Greene’s work explores female sexuality, desire and control through lush still-life paintings of food, surrounded by complex patterns and abstract designs. Imbuing the feminist legacies of Pattern and Decoration Movement with transnational/multicultural patterns, Greene creates colorful paintings that are unique combinations of realism and abstraction, employing diverse media such as oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor and colored pencil. More recently, Greene’s interest in food has expanded into examining ethical aspects of modern food consumption and the proliferation of advertising imagery on our visual culture in a series of paintings of mass produced and brand name food products. In this latest series, Greene combines typical Pop Art tropes with global motifs, subverting the marketing slogans out of context among highly crafted patterns rooted in older cultural traditions. Born in Seoul, Korea, Greene lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from School of Visual Arts, BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and BA in International Relations from Seoul National University. Greene has shown her work widely at venues such as Accola Griefen Gallery, Jane Lombard Gallery, Kiechel Fine Art, A.I.R. Gallery, Brown University, Salisbury University, Wave Hill, Bronx Museum of Art, Noyes Museum and Sheldon Museum of Art. 

Download the current CV

RESUME

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
America Eats, Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
By the Patterns: Art Installation Series, Schaffer Library, Union College, Schenectady, NY 
2015
Nebraska Suite, Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE

Culinary Patterns: Kira Nam Greene, BBCN Bank Commission, BBCN Bank, New York, NY
Kira Nam Greene, Assurity Life Insurance Company Gallery, Lincoln, NE
2013
Blue Plate Special, Accola Griefen Gallery, New York, NY
2010
feastiality, A.I.R. Galler, Brooklyn, NY

2002
Kira Greene: New Drawings, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001
Kira Greene: New Paintings, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Contexture, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY
Nature Pops!, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
AHL Foundation Visual Arts Award Exhibition, Art Mora, New York, NY

Surface 2, Arena at Brooklyn Dermatology, curated by Renee Riccardo, Brooklyn, NY
Recurrences, Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY (catalog)
Tight Ass: Labor-Intensive Drawings and Realism, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
Food Nostalgia, Radiator Arts, Long Island City, NY
Belonging, Resnick Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

2015
Weaving Time: The Archive of Korean-American Artist, Part Three 2001-2013, Gallery Korea at Korean Cultural Service, New York, NY
Art Olympia, Toshima-ku City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hot Sauce and Brown Liquor, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Female Icons and Identity, The Green Building Gallery, Louisville, KY
Still-life, Hutch, Omaha, NE
2014
Resident Artists: Group Show, Gallery 72, Omaha, NE
Palette, SU Art Galleries at Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
Small Goods, Projekt722, Brooklyn, NY
2013
Pollination: Overlappings in Time and in Place, Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Service, New York, NY
6 was 9, Porjekt722, Brooklyn, NY
For Which It Stands, Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Wheaton Biennial: Drawing Out of Bounds,
curated by Judith Tannenbaum, Beard & Weil Galleries, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
40/40
: A Double Vision, curated by Lilly Wei, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Pleasant View Art Fest, 2013: Outback, Sharon Springs, NY
2012
Feast for the Eye: The Art of Food, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ

SCOPE Miami, Accola Griefen Gallery, Miami, FL
Visual Feast: A Pattern and Decoration Exhibition, Accola Griefen Gallery, New York, NY
I Am in Love: Re-working the Clichés of Love, MichaelKate Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
womenxart (special installation), Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles, Accola Griefen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011
Bronx Calling, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY (catalog)
Still Life: Breaking New Ground, The Flinn Gallery at the Greenewich Library, Greenwich, CT
Poetical Fire: Three Centuries of American Still-Lifes, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE (catalog)
Group Exhibition: Cross Currents, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
AAF New York, Accola Griefen Gallery, New York, NY
Intersecting Identities: Women Artists of New York, LGBT Community Center, New York, NY
A Map of the World, LGBT Community Center, New York, NY
A Sensory Feast, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Making the Leap: Crossing Borders, curator, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010
Provisions, Nathan Cummings Foundations, New York, NY
Fountain Miami, Thaddeus Kwiat Projects, Miami, FL
Radial Patterning, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, NY
Memento Mori: Contemporary Vanitas, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
Show Untitled, Thaddeus Kwiat Project, Saugerties, NY
Art Hamptons, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
re: Form, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
25th Anniversary Salon, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY
AAF New York, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009
Redux, Posie Kviat Gallery, Hudson, NY
Generation 7, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Graphic Content, Posie Kviat Gallery, Hudson, NY
2007
ARWI International Art Fair, Galeria Galou, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2006
Circle Takes Square, curator, PS II Gallery, Long Island City, NY
IV Juried Show, Galeria Galou,Brooklyn, NY
Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
Pattern and Process, PS II Gallery, Long Island City, NY
CMC Consultants and Management Exhibition, Sar House, Kowlon, Hong Kong
Generation 5, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
2004
NYC: Emerge, Pool Art Center, Drury University, Springfield, MO
AAF Art Fair, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
In A Bind, Westside Gallery, New York, NY
The World in Everything/Everything in the World, curated by Michele Maccarone, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2003
Revisiting Art History, Westside Gallery, New York, NY
Painted Figure, curated by Sam Cady, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
2003 SFAI Fundraising Auction, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Unease in Motion, Westside Gallery, New York, NY
2002
Group Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Spring Show, Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001
Il Passaggio, Piccolomini Palace, Pienza, Italy
Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
SFAI@Microsoft, Microsoft Landmark Building, San Francisco, CA
Variations on the Humans, Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000
Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Bold Expressions, Northern California Arts, Inc., Sacramento, CA

EDUCATION
2002-2004

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (MFA in Painting)
1999-2002
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (BFA in Painting)
1989-1996
Stanford University, Stanford, CA (Ph. D in Political Science)
1984-1988
Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea (BA in International Relations)

SELECTED AWARDS
2016
Visual Arts Award, AHL Foundation, New York, NY
Marble House Project Residency, Dorset, VT
Studio Fellowship, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
2014
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency, Omaha, NE
2011
A.I.M. (Artist in the Marketplace) Residency, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY
2009-2010
A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY
2004
Paula Rhodes Memorial Award, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2003
ArtLink International Young Artists Finalists
2002-2003
The Faculty Scholarship, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2001
The Gamblin Award for Painting, San Francisco, CA
1999-2002
The President’s Merit Scholarship, SFAI, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016
Recurrence, Catalog, Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY, 2016
“Nostalgia on the Menu at New Exhibit on Modern American Fare,” QueensBoro Chronicle, February 4, 2016
“Weekend Edition: 10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before February 8, ” New York Observer, February 4, 2016
2015
“Kira Nam Greene Has Fun with Food in ‘Nebraska Suite”,” Lincoln Journal Star, June 7, 2015
Weaving Time: The Archive of Korean-American Artist, Part Three 2001-2013, New York, NY
“Critic’s Picks,” The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, February 8, 2015
2013
“For Which It Stands” Shows Range of International Talent in New York, Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
“Kira Nam Greene at Accola Griefen Gallery,” Artcards Review, May 6, 2013
“Kira Nam Greene: Blue Plate Special,” Wall Street International Magazine, April 26, 2013
“The Wheaton Biennial: Drawing Out of Bounds at Wheaton College,” artscope, April, 2013
2012
“Gastro-Vision: Visual Feast: A Pattern and Decoration Exhibition @ Accola Griefen Gallery,” Art21 Blog, July, 2012
2011

“New life for still lifes: ‘Poetical Fire’ superb still life exhibtion at Sheldon,” Journal Star, March 6, 2011
“Kearny Street Workshop and SOMArts: A Sensory Feast,” CatSynth Blog, February 20, 2011
“Food for all Senses: Kearny Street Workshop’s “A Sensory Feast,”” Hyphen Magazine, February 8, 2011
“10 Things to Do for Under $10: “A Sensory Feast” @SomArts Cultural Center,” SF Weekly, February 4, 2011
2010
“Wonder Women: A.I.R. Gallery’s Opening Night Trifecta,” Brooklyn The Borough, December 7, 2010
“A.I.R. Gallery,” Art of Leadership Series Magazine, Vol.1, Issue 2, October 5, 2010
“Ann Street Opens Vanitas Exhibit,” Times Herald-Record, September 17, 2010
“Memento Mori: Contemporary Vanitas Exhibition,” Prime Times, September 22, 2010
“Contradictions in Culture,” Woodstock Times, August, 27, 2010
“Kira Greene’s Solo Exhibition,” The Korea Daily, May 12, 2010
“Kira Greene: feastiality,” New York Art Beat, May, 2010

LECTURES & SYMPOSIUMS
2016
Being Her Now, Panel Discussion, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
2014
University of Nebraska, Omaha, lecture, Omaha, NE
Salisbury University, lecture, Salisbury, MD
2013

The Lodge Gallery, Art Salon, artist talk, New York, NY
2012

“Transnationalism and Women Artists in Diaspora,” Panelist, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Kutztown University, lecture, Kutztown, PA
2011
The Bronx Museum of Art, artist talk, Bronx, NY
Sheldon Museum of Art, lecture, Lincoln, NE
San Francisco Art Institute, lecture, San Francisco, CA
Rush Art Foundation & PS 165, artist talk, New York, NY
2010
“Some of My Best Friends Are…: How White Skin Privilege Affects Women Artists,” Roundtable discussion
organized by Suzanne Broughel & tART Collective, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
2008
Parsons the New School for Design, Summer Program, lecture, New York, NY
2004
Drury University, lecture & visiting artist, Springfield, MO