Sonya Sklaroff finds beauty in the everyday: a lone figure walking down a New York street on a rainy night; a barber concentrating on his work; a country house on a lake. Her paintings focus on the poetry of daily life that is often overlooked. A late afternoon on a street of brick buildings and parked cars reveals the interplay between somber shadows and vibrant light, the contrast of warm and cool colors, or the juxtaposition of intricate architectural detail and vast expanse of sky. Using thick brushstrokes, vivid color, and dynamic compositions, Sklaroff captures the beauty of the mundane.
While Sklaroff lives and works in New York City, her paintings have been exhibited worldwide in galleries and museums and are represented in public and private collections including the Phillips Museum of Art, the Cahoon Museum of Art, the Consul General of France, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brown-Forman Corporation (parent company of Jack Daniels), FactSet Research Systems, Clarins USA, Fannie Mae, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the US Department of State.
She received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and participated in RISD’s prestigious European Honors Program. She earned her MFA in painting from Parsons School of Design. She has completed numerous artist-in-residency programs including Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views Project, where Sklaroff was awarded a 9-month studio space on the 91st floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center.
Sklaroff is currently preparing for her upcoming one-woman exhibition opening October 2018, in Vevey, Switzerland at Galerie Ferrari.
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PUBLICATIONS
Moriarty Magazine, Marie Ange Horlaville Interview, Second Issue, Geneva Switzerland, January.
“Le Ciel Parisien de Sonya Sklaroff”. AirFrance Madame, June-July.
Coben, Harlan, preface, Sonya Sklaroff, book of paintings, Livre d’Art, March.
Oertel, Pierre, New York Art City, documentary film.
Van Siclen, Bill, “I Love the Light of New York,” The Providence Journal, May 13.
Florence Benzacar and Silvie Burban, “L’Agenda”, Elle Decoration, May.
“On the Cover,” Gallery Guide West, May.
Literature, Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell.
John O'Hern, "Reflective Measures", American Art Collector, August.
"Two opportunities to see 8th Annual Realism Invitational coast to coast", American Art Collector, June.
Merrilee Brown, “Painting at the Point”. The Courier-Gazette, Coastal Maine, September 16.
Francoise Cestac, "Une Rapsodie Urbaine en Peinture" Edition Internationale du Figaro, France-Amerique, November 1-7
Indepth Arts News: "Sonya Sklaroff: American Perspectives", www.absolutearts.com, April 25.
"Apres une Annee Difficile, des Motifs D'Espoir", Edition Internationale du Figaro, France-Amerique, January 25-31.
Gregory Peterson, "Portrait of An Artist: Following the Career of Sonya Sklaroff", www.ArtCritical.com, January.
"Sonya Sklaroff et les Lumieres de New York", Edition Internationale du Figaro, France-Amerique, October 5-11.
Sara Gilbert, "City Slickers", USArt, September.
Kirk Ellis, "If You Can Make it There…", Santa Fean, September.
Gregory Peterson, "What Motivates a Collector?, American Artist, April.
BBC/FiveLive, Radio Interview, January.
"The Art at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute", 2001 Catalogue of Selected Works from the Permanent Collection.
"Representing Representation V", Arnot Art Museum, Catalogue of Works from the 2001 Biennal.
Ellen Howards, "Taking up Space at two new Galleries", ArtsMedia, June/July.
"Literary Themes at Northern Westchester Center for the Arts", Patent Trader, February.
"Size Doesn't Matter", N Magazine, November.
"This Month", Art Now New York Gallery Guide, October.
"Art", The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, Mass, August 24.
Valerie Gladstone, "Second Annual Realism Invitational", Catalogue Essay, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, June.
Faith Ringgold, "Recent Paintings, Cityscapes and Interiors", Catalogue Introduction, Allen Sheppard Gallery, June.
Ron Netsky, "Facing Reality", City: Rochester's Alternative Newsweekly, December 15-21.
"World Views", Metro Arts/Channel 13, June 26.
Phil Hirschkorn, "Newsroom/World View", CNN, aired Feb. 12.
"New York, NY", The Courier Gazette, September 25.
Bob Swanson, "Picturesque", The Burlington Free Press, August 10.
Traci Kampel, "Tribeca Stakes a Claim as Working Artist Haven", The Villager, July 9.
Paulette Weiss, "Art and Antiques", Where - New York, July
"Tribeca Artists at Fiterman Gallery", The Tribeca Trib, March.
Sara H. Baynton, "Franklin Street Becomes an Artists' Haven", Downtown Express, March 18.
Paulette Weiss, "Art and Antiques", Where - New York, September.
Eileen Watkins, "Cutting-Edge Art at City Without Walls", The Sunday Star Ledger, December 24.
SELECTED CORPORATE & MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
Consul General of France, New York, NY
Trade Offices of the French Embassy, New York, NY
Warburg Pincus, New York, NY
Clarins USA, Inc. New York, NY
Kaitsen Woo Architects, New York, NY
Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA
University of Pennsylvania, Phila, PA
FactSet Research Systems, Inc., Norwalk, CT
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Homeland Security Office, Washington, DC
Art Bank Program, US Department of State, Washington, DC
FannieMae Collection, Washington, DC
Hessel & Aluise, Washington, DC
Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY
Lieberfarb & Associates, Los Angeles, CA
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
Juror's Award, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, Small Works Juried Show, NYC.
2001, 02, 03
Artist Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM.
Artist Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA.
Artist Residency, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL.
Studio Grant, The World Views Project, World Trade Center, New York, NY.
First Place Award, San Jacinto College South, Houston, TX.
Artist's Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
Providence Art Award, For Outstanding RISD Painting Student, Providence, RI
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Masters of Fine Arts, 2000.
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1992.
European Honors Program, Rome, Italy
Rhode Island School of Design honors year abroad program, 1991.