Miryana Todorova
Class of 2012
Movables 2011, movable objects and single-channel HD video
Movables
2011, movable objects and single-channel HD video
Headshot
<p>I question the politics of public space and how people occupy it. I want to expand the boundaries of personal space. I create my version of movable architecture based on the principles of expansion and contraction. I experiment with situations involving the body's articulation in space, heightening a collective awareness of the lived and shared public. The actions performed in the studio or out on the street encompass not only absurdity, failure, and collapse but also negotiation, affect, and utopia.</p><p>The catalyst for each piece is the performative instability which becomes a device to revolutionize the way we move in space. Spatial archetypes change. Occupation and interruption set up new possibilities to 'inhabit'. Actions are open to improvisation, reconstruction, and entropy. Always in motion, bodies and objects stay in a fluid state of change and potentiality: people get together or collide, accidents happen but what remains present is the exhilarating air of risk and uncertainty.</p>
Miryana Todorova, class of 2012

Class of 2019

Ferguson Amo
Ghana, Koforidua
New York, NY

Born in Ghana in 1993 moved to Philadelphia, USA at the age of 12. I have a B.S in Accounting, and Digital Art from Manhattan College, 2016. Former Division 1 Track and field Athlete. I’ve always had passion for Art, Music and Sports. I really enjoy cooking.  All these are like therapy to me.

 

 It’s all made with Fine point pen. The scribbles satisfy the mind and the shades satisfy the eyes. Scribbling layers on top of layers of shades, to present an alternate reality, the illusion of realism on canvas filtered so that it expresses my unique vision.  The goal of each drawing is not to reproduce what I see but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photography. In my drawings the subject matter is means to explore my ability to communicate something unique to the viewer.

 

Eliza Boyer
Chatham, NJ
New York, NY

Somewhere between subway rat and space queen.

Elsewhere.

 

Juan Leonardo Bravo
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Juan Leonardo Bravo is a Multi-Media artist. He attended the High School of Art and Design, and Parsons The New School for Design.

 

My oil paintings and videos capture “The Rise To The Top”  in power, success and dominance over one's field. In order to communicate my message I use references found in popular culture. Many hip-hop artist and athletes have managed to climb to the TOP by constantly asserting themselves through words and symbols.These reference primarily include lyrics found in rap songs but often include other content such as text from world literature and images from athletes etc. Aesthetics that reference graphic design and commercial art are incorporated into my work, magnifying today’s visual codes. 

 

Min Ding
Shandong, China
New York, NY
Latefy Dolley
Memphis, TN
Sadia Fakih
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Brooklyn, NY

In my paintings, I manipulate traditional patterning to reveal the interstitial, liminal and in-between spaces that open up when imposed identities collide.

Michelle Girardello
Florida
Sherman, CT
Michelle Girardello was born in 1984; she received her BFA in Studio Art with a Concentration in Photography from Florida Atlantic University in 2008.  From 2010-2017, Michelle was the Director of the Creative Photography program at a competitive arts high school in Miami, Florida.  

Our memories play a vital role in how we connect to the world.  We tend to remember fragments of events and these fragments come together to form an interpretation of these experiences. I am attracted to how memories are made; I want to understand how they connect with our actual experiences, and the role that imagination has in their creation.  Just like the construction of memory, my work makes connections between multiple layers to form the overall imagery.  Working with a variety of media allows me to work in the appropriate medium for that memory or piece.  

Jihyun Han
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY
Pei-ling Ho
Taipei, Taiwan
New York, NY

For me, art is the only common language of the humanity. I have travelled to thirteen countries. My traveler’s experience draws me to ponder deeply about the quality and awareness of “being human” across cultural and geographical boundaries. I aim to make art that helps people make connections by “sharing their emotional bitterness.” Majoring in advertising in college, I extended my study of consumer behavior to examine a variety of issues of human behaviors and social phenomena from an objective position. The themes of my artistic creation have undergone several changes, beginning with an exploration of myself to the issues of family and gender.

 

For the family issues, I am very intrigued by the possibility of expressing the “forbidden” emotions, such as anger and depression, in a family. Unlike the “normal” familial themes of order, respect, and dignity, for me, the forbidden emotions are the unspeakable undertone of everyday family life. Gender is another major theme of my artworks that is so closely intertwined with the issues of primitive desire, sex, love, and marriage. I bravely embrace all the emotions and pain that occur to me as a woman and take them as the nutrition of my artistic creation. Focusing on mixed media, such as photography, video, collage and performing art.

Markus Holtby
Toronto, Canada
New York, NY
Bayin Jiang
Beijing, China
Jersey City, NJ
Owen Keogh
New York, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Owen was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Studio Art and English Literature from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. 

 

Owen is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, sculpture, book-making, and digital media. 

Hera HaeSoo Kim
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY

HaeSoo Kim is a visual artist in sculpture, installation, and two-dimensional drawing. She received her MFA degree in Sculpture from Hong-ik University in South Korea. 

Jieun Kim
Seoul, South Korea
Queens, NY

SookMyung Women's University, MFA,2015, Seoul, Korea
SookMyung Women's University, BFA, 2013, Seoul, Korea

 

Young Min Koh
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY

Young Min has a BA in Painting from Ewha Womans University and MFA in Printmaking from Seoul National University. She has had two solo exhibitions in USA and Korea.

 

Recently, Young Min has worked on portrait painting. She also has painted Korea traditional themes such as Korea traditional houses, gardens and Dalhangari (Korean Moon Jar).

 

Oxana Kovalchuk
Kazakhstan
Edgewater, NJ
I love to use multimedia materials such as watercolors, pastels, gouache, colored pencils and ink. It is important for me to go beyond my own limits, to see situations which I draw from an unusual perspective, and to draw attention to important issues.
Acna Lani
Philadelphia, PA
New York, NY

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Anca Lani was interjected with various races and cultures, and began her quest in the question, “Is race really important?”  Lani’s paintings explores the importance of race through the fracturing of the reality through the use of color and juxtaposing shapes throughout the portrait’s she creates.  Her artwork has been exhibited in Future Relica, Art Unleashed, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Junior Projects Discourse, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Thesis.

 

My artwork questions the importance of racial identity. I use personal family photos from my childhood/ current photos that fills me with the feelings of distance and past, as my source material for my paintings. It is my intention to invoke a sense of uneasiness, despair, and anguish within the viewer. My art is often associated with the German expression and fauvism era due the colors, mood, and feelings in my paintings. Outside of the fine arts realm, other inspiration comes from filmography such as, Tim Burton, the Brothers Quay, and vintage 1920's silent films and German Expressionist Films.

 

Yun Ji Lee
South Korea
Queens, NY
Sarah Malekzadeh
Niagara Falls, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Sarah has a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University in Toronto, and has also studied at Ryerson University and McGill. Sarah is a painter whose work often references her mixed Iranian, Canadian and American background.

Ridhima Mukim
Delhi, India
New York, NY

I have a BFA specialised in Painting from the College of Art, Delhi. I'm a part-time Bollywood geek, love to dance and sing.. and paint, obviously. I can spend all my time eating if somebody else cooks for me.

 

I strongly believe in automatism and how it plays an eminent role in the creation of the overall structure and forms, that are mostly manifested in the configuration of drips, in my case. In order to identify them with meaning, I realised how more than the outcome, the art as a bodily act resulted to be cathartic.

 

Yam Chew Oh
Singapore
New York, NY
William Patterson
Marlboro, NJ
Queens, NY

William Patterson has a BFA from SVA in Visual and Critical Studies. When not painting, he can regularly be found making comics or reading philosophy. 

I am a painter whose practice synthesizes the elements of culture I find most of interest. These include but are not limited to: pastoral idylls, early 8 and 16-bit video games, Ukiyo-e prints, Quattrocento Tuscan painting, Kafka, and Anime.  My aim is to build a visual language that recasts reality in paint -- to give my paintings their own breathing room and sense of place, their own weight and depth and color. I want them to be like the world without being beholden to it, to hover and exist without exertion or exhaustion, for themselves.

Marianna Peragallo
Sao Paulo, Brazil
New York, NY

Marianna is a New York based Brazilian-American artist making works on paper, videos, and photographs. She earned a BFA in Sculpture from University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

 

Marianna's recent drawing projects use representational imagery to consider agency of the body, memory, and identity. She is interested in the duality of drawing as a permanent and ephemeral medium, creating a parallel between drawing and the function of memory. Drawings on paper are delicate and can tear or be smudged with ease, yet they can also withstand hundreds of years with integrity. Similarly, memory can fade, become colored, be manipulated, etc. Ultimately the drawings aim to simultaneously solidify a moment and emphasize the transience of time and memory.

Dana Robinson
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Dana Robinson is a multimedia artist from Florida who works predominantly with fiber and paint. She has shown in at Display, Gallery : /protocol/, and Treat Gallery. Upon graduating with a BFA from Florida State University, Robinson worked at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, lived in Baltimore where she began her brand Hot Dog Paradise and moved to Gainesville where she worked to curate art shows and provide resources for artists. She is currently branching out into more digital platforms, and selling her leather goods as Hot Dog Paradise in Williamsburg.

 

Through Robinson illustrates the ability to be youthful regardless of age and the endless freedom that is embroiled in that prospect. Her ability to combine and recombine the everyday objects that blend into the background of our lives allows the intended purpose of these them to be broken, realigned and set into new meanings. By allowing the original structures of her materials to fragment into draping folds, fibers and lines, the surface of these pieces are given the ability to come alive with interweaving patterns and the intimacy of home and self. 

 

Arantxa X. Rodríguez
Mexico City
New York, NY

Before coming to SVA her practice had been self-taught but constant.

 

Arantxa´s work so far is formed by fractals. Perceived from afar we can see mandalic stars ... while closely are an endless number of small geometric formations, which form a whole. It is a graphic description that represents the fact that we are all one. For this reason, she calls her work "FRACTAL POP." An art that shapes and releases from the depths of her being, with only one goal: to evolve as a human being and inspire.

 

Max Sarmiento
Elmhurst, NY
Queens, NY

Max received him BA in Architectural Studies from Ithaca College.  When not painting Max spends his time playing or watching Soccer, seeking a new adventure or cuddling with his cat named Stumpy.

I am a storyteller and my works are stories that stem from the countless lives and experiences of people who left their countries and came to the United States in the hopes of providing a better future for their children.  My work is a tribute to my Mexican neighbor, the Puerto Rican deli owner down the block, the Salvadoran family who fled war and death from their home country, but most importantly my mother. I create my work to show my people, that we must be proud.

 

 

Jiayun Shi
Chongqing, China
Brooklyn, NY

Shi graduated from the Sichuan Fine Art Institute.

 

I’m trying my best to deal with the relationships existing in each painting itself by using these abstract painting languages. Each traces, each colors and each lines need to be constantly, and sometimes could be toughly, judged during the whole creative process, thus, to achieve the ultimately accuracy of my perception.

 

Ahree Song
Seoul, South Korea
Queens, NY

Ahree Song is a South Korean sculptor with focus on installations and projections. She received her bachelor’s and Master’s degree in sculpting from Seoul National University. Since 2009, her works have been exhibited at various art museums and galleries, including the Seoul National University’s president’s office, the Kim Chong Yung Museum and the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. She has been creating work that studies the characteristics of changes in consciousness or materials by pausing a certain moment. 

 

I have been creating work that studies the characteristics of changes in consciousness or materials by pausing a certain moment. It can be observed in our surroundings from various perspectives. For example, taxidermy represents a moment of a real animal’s life as if they are alive. Since it has, however, lost its liveness as an animal, it is a preservation and simultaneously an incomplete reproduction, revealing double meaning. It is an outcome that shows both incompleteness of the idea of a moment and its contradictions; it is a desire to convert incompleteness into a complete status.

 

Shannon Stovall
San Diego, CA
New York, NY

Shannon has a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She thinks the perfect gift is a cup of coffee or a bar of dark chocolate. She's doesn't eat mammals and Christina Aguilera's Stripped was her most played album from the ages of 12-15 (maybe longer). 

 

Shannon Stovall is interested in exploring our projected ideal personas and their deeply rooted history in the performance of gender, sexuality, and the societal norms that control them. She would describe her style as narrative realism, with a touch of the surreal. Lately, she has been interested in the conversation between inanimate objects and the animate body. 

Zachary Thompson
Colorado Springs, CO
Brooklyn, NY

Zac most recently lived and worked in Los Angeles before relocating to NYC to pursue his MFA. He has a BFA in drawing from the University of Florida. In his free time he can often be found inside museums or attending drag shows. 

 

 

Primarily working with found photographs, collaged houses, and charcoal on paper, Zac Thompson invents queer new worlds, often using the history of photography as a renewable resource for his creative practice. His work is a reimagining of historical artifacts, taking what he needs from a hegemonic culture to construct his own lineage, family, and history.

Collette Tompkins
New Jersey
Brooklyn, NY
Wushuang Tong
Chengdu, China
New York, NY

Wushuang is an interdisciplinary artist who has a BA degree in literature from Wuhan University and a BFA degree in Fine Arts from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds the persistent belief of the firm connection between literature and fine arts.  She is also a cellist. Studying music for sixteen years vests rhythm with all her paintings, sculptures and ceramics. 

Three passions have governed my creation: the devotion to literature because of the immersive experience of reading, the perception of music because of searching the parallel soul of mine, and unquenchable pity for the humankind because of the awareness of their suffering. The three passions are enough to draw me out of my silent exile. The first gives me the consistent enthusiasm to discover the world’s abundance; the second grants me the ability to receive the most delicate quivering of spirit; the last affords me the indestructible courage to hear the pain all around me and seek to heal the wound.

Megan E. Wirick
Newville, PA
New York, NY

Megan’s work consists of large-scaled oil paintings and small intricate watercolors that explore femininity and queer sexuality. Paint, like sexuality is fluid and has so many possibilities that a person is required to have an open mind to be accompanied by the sensations that are provided.

LeeHo Yoo
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY
Heming Zhang
Chengdu, China
New York, NY

I have my BS in applied chemistry from the Beijing University of Chemistry Technology. Before that, I had done many experiments in my loft lab since junior high. I started my work formally in the sophomore year, after making piles of which I called “material collage.” Relics are always the source of my inspirations and materials. It not only gives me a quiet place to think alone, but also reminds me of the time and space I stay in and used to be.

 

I am re-thinking my complex of natural materials, sometimes, preference will take control of the authority during compositing. Recently I have focused on the spots or positions that the observer stands during a process. The question does not go straightly, it turns out as different specific questions in different situations. Interactive projects, installations, time-based works are my main media in this pace, but questions go back from nature to myself, which retrospect to time, personal space and memory.

 

Zitong Zhu
Kunshan, China
New York, NY

Class of 2018

Élan .
New York, NY
Harlem, NY
As a multidisciplinary writer and visual artist my works are grounded in family, historical imagery, personal narrative, identity and power. My work is interested in power dynamics in families, how that is interjected into society and culture and how individuals form identity under these influences. Be it the embracing of a fixed definition or the refuting of a fixed definition of self and culture I am interested in the fissures of family and how it influences how we see ourselves.
 
I use various formats of presentation: interviews, poetry, documentary, poetry, oral storytelling, artifacts, print media, , fabrication, sculpture, drawing, painting, illustrations and installation. As an artist I like to constantly re-invent myself with each project series that I take on. The threads of the conversation remain the same but the aesthetic presentations of the ideas differ but remain in constant conversation with each other, ultimately redefining their own outcomes and stories they want to tell about acceptance and individualization. 
Sid & Geri
San Francisco, CA
Sanjina Azad
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Brooklyn, NY
Grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and moved to California to get BFA in Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Primarily focuses on surreal-impressionist paintings with feminist themes to do with gender roles in Saudi Arabia and the study of identity. 

I am primarily a painter with strongly influenced by surrealist, impressionist and psychedelic art. My initial work studied the gender roles which are enforced by law in Saudi Arabia and I used my work to make a commentary on the sexism within the government and society which many women, including myself, have experienced while living in Saudi Arabia. This has been a reoccurring theme/study in my work along side many of my other work which studies the subconscious identity through abstract/surreal/impressionist style paintings. Currently, after moving to New York and starting the MFA program at SVA, I am starting to slightly venture out of painting and onto writing, installations and creating mock institutions. After growing up in Saudi Arabia with a very strong religious impact, I have decided to create a religion called Meowism and have become a devout Meowist.  I worship Cats, I've created a holy Meow altar and made pamphlets to help spread the way of the Meow. Meowism is a religion that is a combination of identity study and a commentary on how I perceive the impact of religion in our lives. 

Mengfan Bai
Xi'an, China
Long Island City, NY
Anthony Cady
Evanston, IL
Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Franklin Cain Borgers
Birmingham, AL
Brooklyn, NY
Some boys kiss me
Some boys hug me
I think they're ok
If they don't give me proper credit
I just walk away
They can beg and they can plead
But they can't see the light (that's right)
'Cause the boy with the cold hard cash
Is always Mister Right
'Cause we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
Some boys romance
Some boys slow dance
That's all right with me
If they can't raise my interest then I
Have to let them be
Some boys try and some boys lie but
I don't let them play (no way)
Only boys who save their pennies
Make my rainy day
'Cause we're living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
Living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Boys may come and boys may go
And that's all right you see
Experience has made me rich
And now they're after me
'Cause everybody's living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
Living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
A material, a material, a material, a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material
Rina AC Dweck
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Rina  AC Dweck is a Brooklyn-based multi-media artist whose work explores themes of identity and disguise in our contemporary world. Dweck holds a B.S. in Studio Art from NYU (1998) and has exhibited extensively both nationally and abroad.  Dweck has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (2013, 2014, 2016) and the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities (2014).  She has been featured in the Huffington Post and multiple art publications. 

Jing Han
Xin Xiang, He Nan Prov., China
Newport, NJ
Saya Hanawa
Tokyo, Japan
New York, NY
Saya Hanawa was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1991. She has a BFA in oil painting from the Tokyo University of the Arts (2014). Her works are concerned with avatars of the human body and the way digital interfacing shapes who we are. Although her work deals with warrant technological issued of today, she often uses paper and pens in order to highlight the contradiction and similarities of the analogue and technological worlds.
Vicky Healy
West Hartford, CT
Brooklyn, NY

Vicky has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Hartford Art School. She spends most of her time lost in space or finding space is lost on her. She loves plants, treats, and extra loves her cats.

Vicky Healy's work transmogrifies from the universe of her conscious and subconscious mind as she tries to process the world she lives in. Sci-fi landscapes become homes for the creatures who come to life through her work. Planes and projections melt together into a mind bending, gravity defying dreamworld that intends to turn viewers’ brains into ice cream and invites imaginations to refract and diffract.

Jasmine Huang
China
Manhattan, NY
Hasita Kamlesh
Jakarta, Indonesia
Manhattan, NY
Michel Karsouny
Lebanon
Manhattan, NY
Shohei Kondo
Japan
New York, NY
Juna Lee
Seoul, South Korea
Brooklyn, NY
Jihyun Lee
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY
I have been painting and drawing multi-layered scenes from my everyday life. My work seems surrealistic at first, but the layered and pieced together images are more real to me. Memories, dreams, and sometimes the reality I experience and live in take the form of multiple layers and are viewed from multiple angles and viewpoints. I am obsessed in wanting to express every single moment of my thoughts, dreams, and memories onto a surface by coalescing layers of images. I love to sleep because I was able to keep on having dreams with full of stories. For example, uncovering the story of the dream, in which the unexplainable space inside of a closet and a space that has no physical dimension persistently appearing over and over, was the first indication that dream would be a real interest of mine.
Isabel Llaguno
Quito, Ecuador
Manhattan, NY
Isabel studied Visual Arts at the Ponticifia Universidad Católica del Ecuador from 2010 to 2014. Her artwork has been exhibited in different exhibitions in Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil in Ecuador and in Bilbao Spain. 

As an artist, I am the kind of person that wants to understand and change the world around me through artistic practice. As a woman I can not be indifferent to my heteronormative context and the remaining gender inequality that affects all of us. In my artwork I try to highlight and question the aesthetic condition of the people, showing images that display the mindset of a specific society.

Pedro Mesa
Bogotá, Colombia
Brooklyn, NY
Received a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Literature. He paints but doesn't write.
Currently, Pedro is frustrated with painting’s invitation to immerse in it. He feels obstructed by its material form. Pedro is infuriated with the alleged window that painting claims to be and considers it to be, rather, a wall. Pedro suspects that painting might be the layers that constitute it. Sometimes, he thinks that painting just might be the layers that are between people and objects, or the filters between people and people. 
He knows that this perception will change. 
Presently, he thinks he is being invited by an impenetrable portal to cross to other planes. 
So far, he’s been unsuccessful. 
Anh Thuy Nguyen
Hanoi, Viet Nam
New York, NY
Sabrina Puppin
Aviano, Italy
Manhattan, NY
Henry Sekimotto
Walnut Creek, CA
New York, NY
Alicia Smith
Waukegan, IL
Brooklyn, NY
Mike Uribe
Santa Ana, Venezuela
Manhattan, NY

Born in 1979 in San Ana-Venezuela, raised in Caracas, and living in Switzerland since 2009. In 2015 Uribe graduated in Photography from the F+F School of Arts and Design in Zurich. 

My first contact with photography was at 17 years old. Ever since I have used photography as a medium of communication. Photography is my way of expressing myself, my way of life. 

Roberto Vega
Quito, Ecuador
Brooklyn, NY
Regina Viqueira
Rockville, MD
Jersey City, NY
Hanna Washburn
Boston, MA
Queens, NY
Jamele Wright, Sr.
Columbus, OH
Jersey City, NJ
Josh M. G. Yates
Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
NYC

Josh M.G. Yates, b. 1989,  is a British visual artist currently living and working in New York City. In 2012, he acquired a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Feeling the need to inform his practice further, Yates enrolled in the Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, graduating with an MA in the fall of 2013.

Though his degree is in painting, Josh considers drawing to be the strongest aspect of his practice. His use of image-editing software, and subsequently paint, imparts a feeling of control that becomes a theme then maintained throughout the rest of the creative process. The work often explores control, influence and power as dynamic authorities of the everyday life led, through our engagement with popular culture. Josh collects imagery from numerous sources: television, film, advertising, politics, art history. Out of this imagery often emerges a critical and anxiety-ridden relationship with popular culture and its institutions/platforms.