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  • Sonya Sklaroff

    Part-time Associate Teaching Professor


    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Sonya Sklaroff


    Sonya Sklaroff lives and works in New York City. She has had many solo shows in New York and throughout Europe and her work is included in prestigious private, corporate, and museum collections worldwide.

    Her new work focuses on the relationship between representation, abstraction and fantasy. She is inspired by objects and scenes that she encounters in her daily life and her travels, and either paints on location or in her studio using a stream of consciousness spontaneous layering technique.

    Sklaroff has enjoyed teaching at Parsons since 1999. She graduated with a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and has an MFA in painting from Parsons. Sklaroff has received numerous honors for her work and her paintings have been reviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Edition Internationale du Figaro, Elle Deco, American Arts Quarterly, and American Artist Magazine. The book "Sonya Sklaroff", with a preface by celebrated author Harlan Coben, was published in 2014 by Livre D'Art. She has most recently been awarded the prestigious "Anonomous was a Woman" grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

    Degrees Held

    Masters of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, 2000.

    Bachelors of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, 1992.

    Recent Publications

    Sonya Sklaroff, Preface by Harlan Coben, Paris, France: Livre D'Art, 2014.

    Performances and Appearances

    Solo Exhibitions:

    Galerie Anagama, Versailles, France, 2019, '15, '13

    Galerie Sparts, Paris, France, 2018, '16, '14, '11, '09, '07.

    Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York and San Francisco, 2010, '08, '06, '04.

    David Findlay Galleries, New York, NY, 2009, '06, '04.

    Research Interests

    Painting, Drawing, Plein Air Painting, Figure Drawing, Portrait Painting, Abstract Art, Art Criticism, Art & Architectural History, Digital Art, Watercolor Painting, Oil Painting, Figure Painting, Pastel Drawing, Color Theory, Mixed Media, Collage.

    Awards And Honors

    New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Anonomous Was a Woman Grant, 2020.

    Faculty Development Grant, Parsons, 2019.

    Artist Scholarship, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 2003, 2002, 2001.

    Artist Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA, 1998.

    Artist Residency, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, 1998.

    Artist's Studio Grant, The World Views Project, World Trade Center, New York, NY, 1999.

    Artist Residency Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 1997.

    European Honors Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1991.


    Current Courses


    Drawing/Imaging (Fall 2020)

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