Oceana Rain Stuart


Oceana Rain Stuart tries to perpetuate the moment. Moreover, by doing so, the opposite effect happens: she only accentuates the beauty of its ephemerality.

These are intense feelings with a high emotional charge, which, due to their nature, tend to be mild and fleeting, like smoke that dissipates itself in a blow. It depicts love in an eternal kiss or a passionate embrace. The fleeting joy, the ephemeral beauty or even the brevity of life. Stuart reflects on the transience of life through art. Her models undergo a clash between existence and extinction, swinging in a natural balance. The contrast between life and death, in which, the first provokes the latter, evidencing it or defying it. Depicting a multiplicity of feelings and emotions that represent several states of mind. It is also striking that the skull seems to have different connotations depending on its position. A symbol with dissimilar perspectives that reflect the dangers and the fragility, or the strength and power of those who own it. The skull has a cyclic character, it means transformation, and makes us aware of our transitory condition on this planet. In some positions, raising the skull to the top of the head suggests an intellectual elevation, a spiritual rebirth that reflects human superiority. In others, it appears to show the strength of thought and wisdom. However, the skull points to the undeniable: the end is inevitable! We are all equal on the inside, and we remain so even after death.

The poses are graceful, and the twists reinforce the flexibility and fluidity of the human body. It unleashes a unique musicality, like a surrounding melody that makes them contort themselves in a pleasurable seduction. They are feeling-filled poses, emanating from inner energy, which alludes to the individual’s most rooted condition. It functions as a state of deep meditation, a trance, in which the physical and the spirit meet in a place between two worlds.

By Pedro Boaventura • Excerpt from Masters of Contemporary Fine Art - Volume 3

Oceana Rain Stuart was born in Forest Knolls, California and is a figurative sculpture artist and poet. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and her atelier is in Sausalito, California. Through her work, Stuart explores tension in emotionally evocative subject matter that is expressive of light and dark qualities. Her unique molding techniques and surface treatments subtly blend the worlds of realism and surrealism.

Stuart grew up in a multi-generational artistic family in California in the United States. As a young adult, she lived in Europe, where she was inspired by many of the art masters of the past and present. Stuart took classes at both the Laguna College of Art and Design and the San Francisco Art
Institute, but considers herself largely a self-taught artist. Stuart holds dual citizenship with the United States of America and Italy.

Stuart’s work is part of private collections internationally and she is currently working on her next bronze sculpture series which will be unveiled in early 2019.

As an artist, my purpose is to find empathy in the work I create and to explore the tension and complexity of the subject matter. I’m fascinated by the subtle physical gestures, like the movement of a hand, the gaze of the eyes, as well as the contradictions that are enclosed in body language and how each face shares a lifetime of stories. Something powerful happens when we let our guard down - we become vulnerable, instinctively primitive and essentially raw and my passion is in expressing this through my work.  

Group Exhibitions:

• 2018 American Women Artists, Haggin Museum, Stockton, California, USA

• 2018 American Women Artists, Spring Online Juried Show

• 2018 Allied Artists of America, Annual Associates Online Exhibition

• 2018 60th Annual Stockton Arts Cub, Haggin Museum, Stockton, California

• 2018 California Art Club, 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, The Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA

• 2018 California Art Club, Art Between the Lines Exhibition, Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, California, USA

• 2018 Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, 121st Annual Juried Exhibition, Benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art National Arts Club, Manhattan, New York, USA

• 2017 MEAM · Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, Museum of Modern Art-Barcelona, Figurativas Painting & Sculpture Competition, Preselected artist, Barcelona, Spain

• 2017 Art Comes Alive Awards Exhibition, Award winner of the 2017 Juried "figurative artist of the year" award
.Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

• 2017 The National Sculpture Society, 84th Annual National Sculpture AwardsExhbition, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina, USA

• 2017 Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sicily, Italy - Work on display in the permanent collection of the museum.

• 2016 The louvre museum, International Salon D'Art Contemporain Exhibition, Carrousel Du Louvre, Paris, France

Solo Exhibitions:

• 2017 The Leonardo da Vinci Society and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura , Solo Exhibition and Lecture, San Francisco, California, USA

• 2017 Light, Space and Time, Solo Artist showcase, international juried online exhibition. International

• 2015 The Eternity Series, Solo exhibition and lecture on my "Eternity" bronze sculpture series. Unveiled on December 3, 2015, Museum permanent collections Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia (MACS)-(
museum of Contemporary Art, SICILY)

2017 Juried winner of the Art Comes Alive "figurative artist of the year" award.

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