Cindy Kaufman

I recently made the leap of focusing on art in August, 2023 and have been extremely happy with my growth and the feedback from colleagues and friends Currently I am combining my time as a full-time artist and an interior architect.. I believe these two endeavors are complimentary and I leverage my skillset for both endeavors.

For three decades, I have devoted my professional life to the world of architecture and interior design. Designing with a purpose, every detail was meticulously planned to create a harmonious environment. I have always realized that design is not something that is experienced by people only in a theoretical form; it is an experiential event in someone’s life that affects their moods and emotions. As the years passed, I found myself increasingly drawn to the world of art. I began to experiment with various mediums, but it was acrylics and mixed media that truly captured my heart. I realized that art allowed me to break free from the constraints of design guidelines and building codes and let my creativity take charge. Art allowed me to express myself in a new way.

My art became a reflection of my personality, filled with joy, whimsy, and a love for nature. I found myself drawn to abstract illustrative floral themes, exploring the vibrant colors and intricate details found within nature. I wanted to capture the essence of flowers and fauna, not just their physical appearance but also the emotions they evoked. My work began to blend foreground and background seamlessly, creating emotive imagery and patterns that speak to the soul. The subject appears to be alive, virtually jumping off the canvas, immersing viewer into a magical world.

Looking back on my journey, I am grateful for the years I spent in interior architecture, as they gave me the skills and discipline to excel in the world of art. But it is in my art that I have found a new sense of purpose. I am no longer confined by walls; instead, I am free to explore the boundless possibilities of my imagination. Today, I continue to create art that brings joy into the lives of others. My work is a testament to the power of self-expression and the endless possibilities that come with following your passion. Art has the power to transform not only interior space but also the human spirit, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share that transformation with the world.

Resumé

Education

  • MA, Architecture, 1994, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • BS, 1986, Cornell University, Design & Environmental Analysis

Community

  • Town of Ithaca Planning Board, Member thru 12/31/24
  • Intermittent Instructor and Design Reviewerfor the Cornell Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology

Gallery Shows

  • 2022 State of Art Gallery Juried Show
  • 2023 State of the Art Gallery Juried Show
  • March, 2024 Solo Gallery Show at the Frame Shop, Ithaca New York. Opening event March 3, on view through March.
  • THE COOP contemporary art & design

Future

  • September 2024, COOP Contemporary, Saratoga Springs, Solo Show

Contact

9 Responses

  1. I also love the explosion of colors in Cindy’s works, especially the flower series. I love that she explores one subject for a longer time and reveals her passion. The compositions are also interesting and not boring. I only want to see more nuances in her work and not only white in creating the light and shadow.

  2. After seeing this work in person in the gallery I got a true sense of how exciting her colors and compositions are. There is so much energy and movement within each painting. It is unlike anything that we have in the gallery.

  3. After seeing her work in person, I realize there is a lot more going on than just gimmicky color saturations. These are not just pattern paintings, there is a lot going on in each one than can be appreciated on line. this is not a duplicate comment. It is an addendum to what I wrote previously

  4. After seeing her work in person, I realize there is a lot more going on than just gimmicky color saturations. These are not just pattern paintings, there is a lot going on in each one than can be appreciated on line.

  5. I agree with Nancy about “well written”. I really appreciate an artist who is so articulate about her work. The digital images really do not do the paintings justice. Their energy and boldness are delightful when seen in person.

  6. Added after seeing her art in person… several of these pieces are huge and all the more impressive thanks to that. They really dance on the wall, making a much more powerful impression than when seen on line. I like them even more now.

  7. These paintings pop and make my eyes dance, looking at them is a very exciting physical reaction. I can’t decide whether this is just gimmicky or very sophisticated. She satisfies the criteria of originality (maybe someone else has seen something similar?) and conveying a point of view (like a bee drunk on pollen?) I hope you don’t think this sounds snarky, I am genuinely moved by this color and paint handling and very curious at the same time. It would be interesting to see how her style transitions to more complex subject matter.

  8. Vivid color palette; interesting background and essay, sounds like a very energetic person. I like the figure/ground play that I see in some of this collection.

  9. Well written. Colorful, creative flower paintings. Does she have work other than flowers?

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