Mira Hnatyshyn

Mira Hnatyshyn

San Antonio, TX, United States

About Mira Hnatyshyn

Mira Hnatyshyn is a Texas-based painter of Eastern European heritage who uses art as a visual language to explore issues of culture, gender and human behavior.

Mira's work has been collected by the Saatchi Gallery in London and was featured recently in New American Paintings (#96 West Edition). She dedicated herself to painting in 1999 after a career as an art director in Washington D.C. She holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BS in Advertising and Design from the University of Maryland. She also has taught at UTSA, the Southwest School of Art and ArtPace. Mira lives and works in San Antonio, TX and divides her time between painting, teaching and family.

ARTIST STATEMENT
In my work, I seek to create a visual context for the tension between appearance and reality. Reflecting my interest in patterns of socio-cultural development over time, I present narratives that draw from both history and contemporary events. In the juxtaposition, I seek to create a shared understanding of the metaphysics behind the images - a peek behind the curtains at our shared humanity.

My method rejects traditional definition although it remains grounded in formal training. It mixes the classical aspects of oil painting with the visceral techniques of installation art. Fragments of information are woven throughout the work, which has broken away from its traditional frame; the canvas is nailed directly to the wall, or folded, or pushed into the viewer’s physical space. Sculpted fabric pieces positioned at the foot of the canvas create a path that encourages interaction. Found fabrics and other objects are laced into the surfaces, and my frequent use of brown quilting fabric is a visual homage to the tradition of telling stories through quilt making.

Exhibitions

Select Solo Exhibitions
2014 Euroscapes, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
2012 Dear Garden: Anonymous Letters from You, Gallery 23 University Center at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas
2011 Bus Stop: Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio, Texas
2009 Happiness is Easy, UTSA Satellite Space at Blue Star, San Antonio, Texas
2009 Lineage, Cactus Bra at Blue Star, San Antonio, Texas


Select Group Exhibitions

2018 Common Currents, ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas
2016 Meet The Future, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
2015 Conversations, French and Michigan, San Antonio, Texas
2015 Women and Politics, AP ART Lab, San Antonio, Texas
2015 Runnin Down The Road by UTSA Alumnae, Terminal 136 at Blue Star, San Antonio, Texas
2015 Practice, French and Michigan, San Antonio, Texas
2014 Red Dot, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
2014 Another Layer: Selections from the Portable Works Collection, Alliance Gallery, Houston Texas
2014 Red Dot, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
2014 Another Layer: Selections from the Portable Works Collection, Alliance Gallery, Houston Texas
2013 Group Show Contemporary Art Month, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, Texas
2012 100 Curators 100 Days, Saatchi Online, London, United Kingdom
http://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Drawing-Installation/100-Curators-Collection/348895/22773/view
2012 Seven Minutes in Heaven: Contemporary Art Month, Fox Motel, San Antonio, Texas
2011 11.11.11, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, Texas
2010 Texas Artists Exhibition, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, Texas
2010 Uber Progressive, OneNineZeroSix Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2010 Amalgamations 25: 28 Artists for 25 Great Years, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas