Rebecca Kaufman

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Bio: Rebecca Kaufman is a San Francisco Bay Area visual artist and independent curator working in painting, textiles, and printmaking. Her work is a material exploration of intangible visual phenomena. She earned an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, where she was the recipient of a 2015-2017 Graduate Fellowship Award and a 2016 Cadogan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. Kaufman was featured in the Pacific Coast Issue No. 133 of New American Paintings and has exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco and Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland. She has shown in recent group exhibitions at Ladies’ Room (Los Angeles), Hashimoto Contemporary (SF), and Charlotte Russell Contemporary (Raleigh). In 2023, Kaufman received the Sheridan Prize for Art in the Women Artists category. Her work is included in private and public collections across the United States. Rebecca lives and works in West Oakland.

Statement: I make sight specific work. Everything in my field of vision, both seen and unseen, finds its way in. Employing elements of risk and the illusion of control, I construct disrupted optical field compositions unlike the pristine surfaces of first-generation Op Artists of the 1960s. I labor in their wake and in the tradition of centuries of women’s work - both historically relegated as “decorative”. My body, my tool for making, is both a site and a sight of contention. And so, I paint and I draw and I sew and I repeat myself to make tangible immaterial visual phenomena.