Integral to the creation of my abstract art are the concepts of Metaphysics- the philosophical study of being, knowing, and fundamental reality-and my daily practices in Mediation, in which I explore the conscious and unconscious dimensions of the mind.
My paintings feature emerging and dissolving spheres, nature’s most efficient shape, floating in empty space
In envision all forms of matter as containers of information where particles come in and out of existence through our intention to observe them, passing from the implicate into the physical and then back into the realm of potential.
These concepts allow me to investigate the subtle relationship between perception and material reality. The harmonious background colors interacting with the energetic floating spheres create a balance that it is exquisitely delicate and at the same time, powerful, dramatic and serene.
Born in Switzerland, Monika Steiner currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she received her BFA degree from Sonoma State University. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in galleries, museums and public exhibitions.
Education:-2005 Bachelor, Fine Art, Magna Cum Laude, Sonoma State University, CA
-2004 Goldsmith, Interlaken, Switzerland
-1994 Bachelor, Art, Teaching Credential, University of Bern, Switzerland
Selected Exhibitions:2010 Intangible Reflections, Apothiki Gallery,Paros, Greece
ENZO, SOMA Grand, San Francisco, CA
Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Equinox, Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest, CA
LUCID, Consulate General of Switzerland, San Francisco, CA
Off the Wall, Geras-Tousignant Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Space Between Thoughts, Merced Multicultural Center, CA
2008 RETURN, Museum of Boenigen, Switzerland
NOW, Cit Hall, Santa Rosa, CA
Sculptures, Marji Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Meditation, 425 Market, Jan Casey, San Francisco, CA
Collections:Trump Hotel, Panama City, Panama
JW Marriott Hotel Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
Maturango Museum, Permanent Collection, Ridgecrest, CA
Susan Landauer, Chief Curator of San Jose Museum of Art, CA
The Deputy Consul General of Switzerland, Mr. Francesco Ottolini
H.Buchs, Curator of Museum of Boenigen, Switzerland
Keller and Heckman LLP, San Francisco, CA
Awards:2010- Artist in Residence, Apothiki Gallery, Paros, Greece
Honoarble Mention, "Reaching Inside" Long Beach Galleries, CA
2009- First Place, Lark Gallery, online competition, LA
2004- Swiss Talents, Swissnex, San Francisco, CA