Kira Nam Greene
Born in Seoul, Korea, Kira Nam Greene is an artist in New York City. She received her Ph. D in Political Economy from Stanford University, BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally at Sheldon Museum of Art, Noyes Museum, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Bronx Museum of Art, Gallery Korea, Lodge Gallery, Accola Griefen Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, Piccolomini Palace and SOMArts Cultural Center. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Kiechel Fine Art in Lincoln, NE in 2015.
Greene’s paintings and drawings are self-portraits with painted collages of estheisized food and complex patterns that represent the plurality and the multiplicity of my identity. In the drawing series called Nebraska Suite, started during Greene’s residency at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE in 2014, she explores the seemingly incongruous juxtaposition of bountiful and beautiful organic fruits and vegetables abundant in Omaha Farmer's market with the hyper-processed convenience food produced by food giant ConAgra, headquartered also in Omaha. In this series, Greene also pays homage to Pop Art by extensively using product packaging and vintage advertising of Reddi Wip, Chef Boyardee and Blue Bonnet with sense of humor and visual puns.