Art Omi: Artists 2024

Dana Al Rashid

Kuwait

Dana Al Rashid is an architect and visual artist from Kuwait. She has created a unique style coined “Modern Miniatures” in which she uses a modernized version of the ancient Persian miniature style to tackle contemporary and relevant topics. Her artwork also focuses on social issues, with historic building preservation, technological advancement vs nature, consumerism, low-income expat workers, and the state of the world during the pandemic as common themes. Her artwork has a time-traveling quality to it, with heavy referencing from ancient metaphysical manuscripts.

Jacobo Alonso

Mexico

Jacobo Alonso's work explores the opacity and versatility of the concept of "Body" and the displacements it may have in different contexts and disciplines. His work has been exhibited internationally across North America, Europe, and Asia. Awards include a Special Prize at Cheongju International Craft Biennale (South Korea), the Sally Yunis Memorial Award for Innovative Use of Materials at Fibertart International (United States), and the Career Award Paper Performance at Lucca Biennale Cartasia (Italy).

Moira Bateman

MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP

U.S.

Moira Bateman creates assemblages from waxed silk, stained with tannins and sediments. Based in Minneapolis, her conversations explore ideas of place, concepts of wilderness and waterways, as well as ideas of human impact inflected on the earth, mothering and nurturing, and growth and caretaking more broadly.

Bateman is especially interested in time, water, birth, mud, biodiversity, and life cycles. The markings, colors, textures, and deteriorations made on the cloth that she soaks in watersheds intend to make visible the life hidden within water and connections to all life.

Dasha Brian

Belarus

Dasha Brian, born in Minsk and based in Warsaw, is an audiovisual artist working on the borderline of the arts. With a background of working as a theatre director and performance artist, Brian has developed an artistic practice that centers around live performances, short art films, and video collages. In these works, Brian portrays herself and others in various roles and scenarios, exploring such themes as representation in private and public life, politics, and body. In her work she strives to go beyond the limitations of specific forms, rejecting the semantic limitations associated with the word "artist" or "director". 
Her experiences as a Belarusian political refugee have greatly influenced her art, leading her to question patterns of identity, particularly as a woman. After the 2020 revolution in Belarus, Brian was forced to leave the country because of threats of political persecution from the Lukashenko regime. Since then she has been working a lot with political art in Poland (Warsaw) and is the creator, director, and curator of the art project Revolution, which works with the themes of human rights, refugees, art in crisis situations, the revolution in Belarus, and the war in Ukraine.

Tajči Čekada

ART OMI FELLOWSHIP FOR AN ARTIST LIVING AND WORKING IN CROATIA

Croatia

Tajči Čekada distinguishes herself as an interdisciplinary artist operating within interventions in the social and media environment, performance, video, photography, and costume design. Her performances and actions are often realized outside gallery spaces, predominantly aiming to provoke social norms, religious conventions, and ethical standards. The primary focus of her research encompasses ecology, feminism, xenophobia, nationalism, religious ideologies, and sustainable economics.

Cecile Chong

Ecuador/U.S.

Cecile Chong was born in Ecuador to Chinese parents and grew up in Quito and Macau. She is a multimedia artist working in painting, sculpture, installation, video, and public art, layering materials, identities, histories, and languages.

Chong’s work is in the collections of El Museo del Barrio, Museum of Chinese in America, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Long Island Museum, the Center for Book Arts, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Citibank Art Advisory, and private collections internationally. She received an MFA from Parsons, an MA in education from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College.

Jill Downen

CHARLOTTE STREET FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP

U.S.

Jill Downen, a non-binary American artist based in Kansas City, works in sculpture, drawing, and site-specific installations. Their art envisions the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture, with themes of construction, destruction, and restoration. Awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award, and the Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award. Downen has created installations at The Momentary at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and for Open Spaces: A Kansas City Arts Experience. Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis represents Downen.

Celina Eceiza

Argentina

Celina Eceiza is an artist and writer born in Tandil, Argentina. She currently lives and works in Buenos Aires. Her artistic practice began as a teenager in the city of Mar del Plata where she graduated as a ceramist. She attended the National University of the Arts Buenos Aires and various non-institutional workshops and training spaces run by artists. Ten years ago, her work began to be part of numerous exhibitions, institutions, and collections in Argentina, and in recent years she has been invited to exhibitions, festivals, fairs, and biennials in Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and the United States.

Monika Fabijanska

U.S.

Critic-in-Residence

Monika Fabijanska is a NYC-based independent art historian and curator. Her exhibition Women at War ranked among the ten best 2022 art exhibitions by both The Washington Post and Frieze, and tours university museums in the United States and Canada through 2026. Betsy Damon. Passages: Rites and Rituals was among The New York Times’ 2021 best shows, following ecofeminism(s) (2020), and The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S. (2018). Fabijanska received The Andy Warhol Foundation’s Curatorial Research Fellowship for her upcoming 2026 exhibition. She is currently working on a book about Betsy Damon and teaches Curatorial Practice at New York University.

Inés García

EREMUAK FELLOWSHIP AT ART OMI

Spain

Inés García works in film and contemporary art, making installations, videos, and films. In 2023 she had a major solo show at Sala Rekalde (Bilbao) with SLIDES and its extension TAKE OVER. She has participated in exhibitions across Spain such as El Verb Harmònic at La Panera, BIAM22 at Lo Pati, and Glissements d’échelle at Obrador, and at a number of other venues both in Spain and abroad, including Expanded Studio Project at PS2 (Belfast) and NEW SPAIN at Galería Solar (Portugal). Her videos and films have been screened in Athens, Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid,  Montreal, New York, Nottingham, Oberhausen, and Paris, among others.

Gherdai Hassell 

LARKIN DAWN FELLOWSHIP

Bermuda/UK

Gherdai Hassell is a Bermuda-born, China-trained, multidisciplinary contemporary artist and researcher based in Manchester. Her work investigates memory and nostalgia to construct and deconstruct identity.  She uses mixed media techniques to thread and weave layers of history and the complexities of Caribbean heritage, postcolonial narratives, and identity through painting, fashion, and collage. Her work typically centers female bodies, simultaneously existing within realms of past, present, and future. Diasporic pasts become re-informed by Black futures, where the resulting present is experienced as living “Artifacts”,  or as her ongoing “alibii” figuration, which are both acts toward Afrofuturism. Her work is ultimately about migration, a gradual process of being and becoming the future. This work does not just position which futures are imaginable, it's also about what pieces of our collective past would survive in such a future.

Syed Hussain

FRANCIS J. GREENBURGER FELLOWSHIP FOR MITIGATING RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC CONFLICT

Pakistan

Syed Hussain, born in Quetta, Pakistan, graduated with a major in Indo-Persian Miniature Painting with honors from the National College of Arts Lahore, for which he was awarded the Haji Sharif Award for Miniature Painting in 2019.

His work mainly deals with the identity issues and socio-political displacement of the Hazara communities of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has showcased works nationally and internationally. Hussain lives and works in Lahore.

Bidhata K C 

Nepal

Bidhata K C is a contemporary artist based in Nepal. Through installations, paintings, and prints, she primarily investigates the issues of identity, material culture, and the relations between the old and the new in our daily lives. Bidhata K C finds inspiration in the centuries-old artistic traditions of her native country to create striking images of contemporary narratives.In 2011 her painting Marginalized Identity was recognized with the Special Mention Award at the National Fine Art Exhibition in Nepal. She was one of the 15 commissioned artists for the Kathmandu Triennale 2017. In 2018, Bidhata K C was honored as the Artist of the Year, 100 Most Influential Women of Nepal, and was a recipient of the Australian Himalayan Foundation Art Award. In 2022 she was selected by the US Department of State to attend the Social Change Through the Arts initiative under the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Junghwa Lee

LARKIN DAWN FELLOWSHIP

South Korea

Junghwa Lee explores the fluidity of life as the body is transformed by the environment, based on her research into ecological phenomena. Her work focuses on physical changes derived from adaptation for survival and the desire to prolong life, creating sculptures, installations, and video works. Lee began her career in London and is now based in Seoul. She has participated in various international residencies and received awards, including an expedition to the North Pole aboard an icebreaker ship supported by the KAC. Her solo exhibitions, Old Land (2022) and Love Will Tear Us Apart (2019), were supported by the SFAC.

Jemila MacEwan

THE MILTON AND SALLY AVERY ARTS FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP

Scotland/Australia

Jemila MacEwan is an environmental artist known for their earthworks, installations, performances, and expanded cinema projects. Their work takes an expansive view of time and geography, often created through slow acts of physical endurance. MacEwan invites audiences to take an interspecies perspective for working through the overwhelming emotional toll of reckoning with anthropogenic climate change and mass extinction.

MacEwan has been awarded the NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship, The Philip Hunter Fellowship, The BigCi Environmental Award, and is a TEDxBoston Planetary Fellow. They have presented internationally including at ARoS Museum (Denmark), The Australian Consulate-General (NYC), and Pioneer Works (NYC). They are an alum of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Ox-Bow School of Art.

Izabiriza Moise

Rwanda

Izabiriza Moise began his artistic journey in 2012, evolving into a self-taught professional. His work, primarily semi-abstract and abstract paintings, extends to labor-intensive art installations. Weaving, sewing, rolling, and twisting are part of his toolbox, infusing his creations with fluidity and emotion. He believes in art's healing power, motivating him to impact physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Moise showcases his work in local and international exhibitions, earning recognition and appreciation. With each brushstroke, he remains dedicated to fostering healing, unity, and positive change through his art, making a meaningful difference in individuals and communities.

Elissa Blount Moorhead

RUBYS FELLOWSHIP AT ART OMI

U.S.

Elissa Blount Moorhead is an artist and director investigating the poetics of quotidian Black life. Moorhead has created public art, film, time-based and expanded media, and cultural programs. She co-created multimedia projects including Random Occurrences; Cat Calls (Street Harassment project); Practicum; FunkGodJazzMedicine; and Art in Odd Places. Recent awards include the United States Artist Award, Saul Zaentz Innovation Fellowship, Sundance Episodic Lab, Ford Foundation/Just Films/Rockwood Fellowship, Ruby Award, Creative Capital Award, and the Baker Award Prize. Projects she has directed include Jay Z’s short film 4:44,  a documentary on artist Damon Davis for PBS, an AR/film projection installation As of A Now, and Back and Song, a four channel film installation in collaboration with filmmaker Bradford Young.  

She is the author of P is for Pussy, an illustrated “children’s” book, and is a featured essayist in the anthology How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance. She was a 2020 resident at Eyebeam and was awarded the Comedy Central Award and the Women at Sundance Adobe Fellowship for her series co-created with her sister, writer Ericka Blount Danois, entitled fiftyTWO. She was a recent Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident in Italy,  and a featured artist in Georgia State University’s Liquid Blackness. Her work has been reviewed and featured in Black Cinema & Visual Culture: Art and Politics in the 21st Century by Artel Great and Ed Guerrero (2023) and My Paik Nam June, a book published by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2024).

Eddy Ochieng

Kenya

Eddy Ochieng is a hyperrealism artist born in Nairobi. He traces his artistic roots back to his early years, when a passion for art took hold. From his humble beginnings in primary school to earning a bachelor’s degree in art and design from Kenyatta University (Nairobi), Ochieng’s journey has been defined by relentless dedication and a quest for mastery. With a signature style characterized by intricate detail and a range of subjects, his work has garnered international acclaim. Recently making waves with his debut solo exhibition in London, Eddy’s artistry transcends geographical boundaries, solidifying his position as a visionary within the hyperrealism movement.

Catherine O’Donnell

ART OMI AUSTRALIA COMMITTEE FELLOWSHIP

Australia

Catherine O’Donnell is an Australian contemporary artist whose multi-disciplinary practice encompasses works on paper, free-standing sculptures, and wall installations. Her art practice focuses on the urban landscape, elevating the vernacular architecture and its embedded social history with a focus on low-income housing and the relationship between memory, place, and national identity. Her works are held in numerous public and private collections throughout Australia and internationally.

Yukari Ohira 

AMERICAN DREAM FELLOWSHIP

Japan

Yukari Ohira is a painter who lives in Japan. She paints landscapes and explores the history of the area. She creates her own unique landscapes based on many sketches. 


She mainly uses natural pigments to paint Japanese-style paintings, inspired by the climate of Japan. She studies the natural colors of the land, such as soil and clay, and uses them as paints. She uses pigments to connect with the land and its climate. Her goal is to convey the Japanese sense of color, based on wabi and sabi, through her work.

Lina Puerta

Columbia/U.S.

Drawing from her experience as a Colombian-American, Lina Puerta’s art examines the relationship between nature and the human-made, while engaging in themes of food justice, xenophobia, hyper-consumerism, and ancestral knowledge. She creates mixed media sculptures, installations, collages, handmade-paper paintings, and wall hangings by combining a wide range of materials, from artificial plants and paper pulp to found, personal, and recycled objects.

Puerta was born in New Jersey, raised in Colombia, and lives and works in NYC. Holding an MS in Art Education from CUNY, she has exhibited widely and received numerous awards, including the NYFA Fellowship in Crafts/Sculpture and the Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. She has participated in artist residencies at various institutions, including the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, Dieu Donné, Smack Mellon, and the Joan Mitchell Center.

Youssra Raouchi

Morocco 

Youssra Raouchi is a Moroccan multi-disciplinary artist, whose mastery of merging figurative and expressionist art in painting and the use of mixed media inspires extensive dialogues. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan, Morocco, where she studied Fine Art. Her interest in the notion of space, sexuality, and painting as a concept, with a hybrid practice, results in her work transcending categorization, questioning mediums, and the limitations they place on the artists.

Bahzad Sulaiman

Kurdistan/Germany

Bahzad Sulaiman is a Kurdish visual artist and performance maker residing and working in Germany. His practice revolves around the fusion of the human body and electronic home devices, resulting in dynamic and performative sculptures expressed through sculpture, installation, and performance art. His interdisciplinary artworks, underpinned by ongoing research, are deeply engaged in exploring themes ranging from the interplay of spaces and identities to issues of transformation, sustainability, climate change, and resource depletion. Sulaiman's work serves as a reflection on pressing social and political concerns of our time.

In 2022, Sulaiman was honored with the Saarbrücken Regional Association Culture Prize. Sulaiman's works have been showcased worldwide, including in prestigious venues such as Kunsthalle Mannheim (Germany), Saarland Museum - Moderne Galerie (Germany), Museum Friedland (Germany), Penticton Art Gallery (Canada), Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), Esponja House of Culture (Brazil), Journeys Festival International (United Kingdom), Museum Stübing (Austria), and LUNA light art festival (The Netherlands), as well as in Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Syria, and Turkey.

Millan Tarus

Kenya

Millan Tarus is a Kenyan filmmaker working on short films as his primary artistic medium. He believes that when we interact with film, we partake in a visceral experience where the work fuses with our memories, perceptions, and encounters with the universe. It is in this visceral experience that he lingers as a filmmaker.

His works include Stero, a short film that premiered in the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2024, Organetto, developed during the Cinemadamare Film Festival 2023, and now i that i know things where do i go from here? an immersive audio experience showcased in BBC Taster.

Vangjush Vellahu

TRUST FOR MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING FELLOWSHIP

Albania

Vangjush Vellahu is a visual artist, born in Pogradec, Albania. He studied design and art in Bucharest and Kiel and currently lives and works between Berlin and Tirana. 

Vellahu is interested in travel as a medium to collect and tell stories. His works intertwine urban histories of entities that, from an ideological and political standpoint, remain on the margins of recognition. Vellahu’s travels often take the shape of journal-like reconfigurations that attempt to redefine the understanding of what borders and territories represent today. His desire to travel comes from an impulse to cross such structures—to link the past with the imagination of a possible future, to relate where he came from, and where he is heading, to recreate a specific feeling, a feeling of uncertainty, alienation, but also of home.

Xin Wang

China

Critic-in-Residence

Xin Wang is a curator and art historian based in New York. A PhD candidate in Art History at New York University, writing a dissertation on Soviet Hauntology, she held curatorial and educational positions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and received The Andy Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writers Grant in 2021.

Barbara Wildenboer

South Africa

Barbara Wildenboer is a South African artist working mostly with collage, photo- and paper-construction, installation, digitally animated collage works, and book arts. 
Her trademark “altered books” function as narrative clues, intertexts, or subtitles accompanying the other works engaging with subject matter such as ancient history, archaeology, and comparative mythology. Her ongoing interest in text-work and altered books is reflected in her series Library of the Infinitesimally Small and Unimaginably Large (2011-present) which was inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ short story The Library of Babel. In this large-scale ongoing project, she uses the library as a metaphor for the universe.

Visa Denied by the United States

Art Omi invites residents whose visas were denied by the United States to participate in the following year’s residency.

Aristote Mago

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Visa Denied by the United States

Born in Kinshasa (DRC), Aristote Mago is a pure product of Kin Art Studio. Active from an early age, he already excelled in drawing classes at elementary school. In 2007, he graduated from the Institut des Beaux-Arts de Kinshasa with a degree in sculpture. He then enrolled at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, joining a group of young visual artists to find a space for exchange and sharing between friends of the same discipline. In 2014, he was selected to take part in the Master Art 2 workshop, exchange, and professionalization program around the practice of contemporary visual art organized by Kin Art Studio (KAS). This confrontation with other artists gave him another approach to his work. A sculptor by training, Mago has found another way of expressing himself: he's still making art, but he's using a different medium from the one he learned. Starting with banal "material things" that he transforms, deforms, and whose essence he sometimes distorts by first spoiling them, then uniting them, to turn them into art objects. Mago gives meaning, added value, and a power of "expression", making these elements into art objects. The care and emotional charge he brings are perceptible in the smallest "pixel", as he names the dots that make up his canvas, combining a technique of collage and synthetic cotton thread on laminated canvas.

Samuel Olayombo 

Nigeria

Visa Denied by the United States

Samuel Olayombo is a figurative painter who creates vibrant, dramatic, large-scale canvases, of predominantly male portraits, that challenge gender normalcy and toxic masculinity.

Yumzhana Sui

Republic of Buryatia

Visa Denied by the United States

Born in the Republic of Buryatia and based in Ulaanbaatar, Yumzhana Sui’s artistic journey is a blend of introspection, cultural analysis, reimagining ancestral imagery, and Buryad-Chinese religious practices. These elements converge to create “Surealia”, an independent artistic realm that defines Sui’s work. 

Exploring diverse mediums like textile masks and photo collages, each piece resonates with the essence of Surealia, unifying Sui’s artistic expression within this unique world.