New York-based artist Erika Somogyi’s paintings and drawings contain a rainbow and creamsicle color pallet that combine bursts of light with dense foliage. Her watercolor and collage piece Primitive Vision, 2007 layers the images of a burning forest with the silhouette of a parent and child walking into a bright light. The piece is about both birth and death, depicting the creation of the world while simultaneously portraying its destruction.
Somogyi received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1999. Her previous solo exhibitions includeViolet Dawn Love Song at Monya Rowe Gallery, New York and Natures Rituals and Mistaken Identities in the Project Room at Rocket Projects, Miami, Fla. Her artwork has also been shown at galleries including, Mountain Fold Gallery, New York; 404 Gallery, Napoli, Italy; Space 1026, Philadelphia, Pa.; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Current Space, Baltimore, Md.; and Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, Calif. A wearable piece of art created by Somogyi was recently included in Fall Collection a runway show performance at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, as part of the NY Art Book Fair.