There is a distinct harmony of spontaneity and intention, intuition and calculation, in Karina Bania’s work. Each smear and transparent pool of color seems to have simultaneously found its own inevitable shape and to have been dictated with clarity. With her signature aesthetic vocabulary, Bania moves fluidly between abstract and form. The thoughtful arrangement and placement of objects amid abstraction form a sense of order and balance. Instinctive gestural marks lay disorder amid the arranged moment speaking to a sense of dualism in which contrary forces create interconnectedness. The placement of each object, mark and gesture is integral to the balance, symmetry, and ultimate transcendence of the work. 


Karina Bania is an abstract painter living and working in California. Largely self-taught, her degree is in Business, but she picked up a paintbrush and a backpack the day after graduating. She spent many years living around the world developing her art. While studying in India, she began incorporating local pigments and dyes into her work, eventually developing her unique style of stained washes and vocabulary of shapes and marks on raw canvas. Her paintings are a synthesis of all she sees, studies, and surrounds herself with.



1993 Bachelor of Science, San Diego State University, CA

1998-2000 Studies in Visual Arts + Textiles, Calcutta, India

2001 Studies in Visual Arts at UCSD, California 


Solo Exhibitions

2024 The Language of Water (dual show) Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2023 Shifting Perspectives Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2022 Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2022 Anne Irwin Gallery, solo exhibition, Atlanta, GA (upcoming)

2022 Glass Rice Gallery, solo exhibition, San Francisco, CA 

2019 NEST gallery, Red Bank, NJ

2019 Communal Gallery, San Diego, CA

2018 Furbish Studio Solo Pop-Up, Raleigh, NC

2018 Dixon Rye, Atlanta, GA

2017 The Affordable Art Fair NYC, Uprise Art featured artist

2017 West Elm Showcase x Uprise Art, New York, NY

2016 Kit & Ace, Carlsbad, CA

2015 Kettle & Stone, San Diego, CA

2015 Abracadabra, Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA

2014 Southern California/Baja Norte Regional Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute Museum, San Diego, CA

2013 San Diego Central Library, permanent collection, San Diego, CA

2012 Art Between the Hours, Project X Gallery, Solana Beach, CA


Group Exhibitions

2022 Perspectives Space, Encinitas, CA (upcoming)

2021 Uprise Art, Make Arrangements, New York, NY

2021 Glass Rice Gallery, Impressions of Her, San Francisco, CA

2021 Anne Irwin Gallery, Together, Atlanta, GA 

2019 Chief Showcase x Uprise Art, New York, NY

2019 Adams Ave Art Walk, San Diego, CA

2019 Modern Citizen Showcase x Uprise Art, San Francisco, CA

2019 Design Within Reach Showcase x Uprise Art, NY

2018 Affordable Art Fair, One Kings Lane, New York, NY

2018 Holiday House NYC, One Kings Lane, New York, NY

2018 Anne Irwin Gallery, Pattern Play, Atlanta, GA

2018 Anne Irwin Gallery, Small Works, Atlanta, GA

2018 The Kitchen Table Showcase x Uprise Art, New York, NY

2017 BOW, The Midway Gallery x Uprise Art, San Francisco, CA

2017 Prelude Projects, The Echoing Green, Brooklyn, NY

2017 Anne Irwin Gallery, Women and Art, group exhibition, Atlanta, GA

2017 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Positive/Negative, Sacramento, CA

2016 The Midway Gallery, Terrain: Navigating Landscapes, SF, CA

2016 Sea Contemporary Gallery, Topography of a Swim, FL

2015 Teeter, San Diego, CA

2015 Gulf Labor West, Chicago, IL

2014 Haggus Society Los Angeles, Alta Dena, CA

2014 Biennial Roadshow Marfa, Marfa, TX

2014 Gulf Migrant Labor, San Diego, CA

2014 Cake Gallery, San Diego, CA

2013 La Jolla Art Festival, La Jolla, CA


Selected Press

The Motherhood of Art Book, published 2020

Unexpected Color: Society & Culture, Modern Luxury Magazine

The Circle of Creation, Maker’s Magazine

Art of Living, LUXE Magazine

Drawn to Style, San Diego Magazine

A HomeMade Home - Maker interview, Zillow

Featured Artist, Studio Visit, Vol 31

Artist Interview, Blue Locket Art

KPBS video & article, San Diego Central Library

Central Library Opens, Union Tribune, San Diego

The Canvas-er: Karina Bania, Rivera Interiors