Painting (Major)

Kira Nam Greene

Born in Seoul, Korea, Kira Nam Greene lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and her MFA from School of Visual Arts, Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and BA in International Relations from Seoul National University. Greene's work explores female sexuality, desire and control through lush still-life paintings of food, surrounded by complex patterns and abstract design. Imbuing the feminist legacies of Pattern and Decoration Movement with transnational/multicultural motifs, Greene creates colorful paintings that are unique combinations of realism and abstraction, employing diverse media such as oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor and colored pencil, etc. 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 her signature transnationalism, subverting the marketing slogans out of context among highly crafted patterns rooted in older cultural traditions. Greene has shown her work widely at venues such as Sheldon Museum of Art, Brown University, Salisbury University, Wave Hill, Bronx Museum of Art, Noyes Museum, Accola Griefen Gallery, Lodege Gallery, Kiechel Fine Art, A.I.R. Gallery and Jane Lombard Gallery. Her work has been covered in publications such as Artnet News, Art F City, Wallpaper, W Magazine, Lincoln Star Journal, Art21 Blog, Hyphen Magazine, The Korea Daily and New York Art Beat.