|Miki Reimann is a painter, fine art photographer and theorist of Russian birth. The organic quality of her work nurtures and speaks to the viewer’s innate drive to strive and achieve, giving flight to the very imagination that forms its base. She allows the viewer to participate in the subject, working with dualism, provocation and the investigation of the process of expectations. The artist works exclusively with organic linen, woods and wools, pure pigments and plain linseed oils. Her spatial use of pigments and oil allows three–dimensional space to intrude into an otherwise two–dimensional surface and forms a visualization of her fulfillment philosophies. Miki has exhibited her work internationally at solo, group shows as well as art fairs. It is held in private collections in Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. Miki currently lives and works in Santa Barbara, as well as her studios in LA, NY and London.
With unusual talent for her age, Miki is accepted to the Academy of Arts at the age of three. Encouraged by her parents and supported by the Association for Gifted Children, she is able to enjoy an extended artistic education and produces early works with a preference for pastel and aquarelle. She moves with her family to Germany in 1996 and continues her education at a private art school in Düsseldorf.She further studies Economics at the University of Cologne, while working in the fields of Visual Arts; Art History at the University of Dusseldorf, where seminars take her to the Sorbonne and Università degli Studi di Firenze; and finishes her degree in Linguistics and Literature in English, German and Russian at the University of Zurich. For the next two years she works in the fields of commercial art and marketing in London, while starting to exhibit her newest Collections in Germany and Switzerland.
Influenced by her internationality, her childhood in Russia, upbringing in Germany and Switzerland and life in U.K and the U.S, Miki distances herself from familiar roles and figures and opens new perspectives on appearance and personality. By leaving the forms indefinite, she amplifies the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.She allows the viewer to participate more in the subject, working with dualism, provocation and the investigation of the process of expectations. Her spatial use of pigments and oil allows three–dimensional space to intrude into an otherwise two–dimensional surface and form a visualization of her ideas of fulfillment and rise of mind
The organic quality of her Mtihani Collections nurtures and speaks to the viewer’s innate drive to strive and achieve, meantime deriving satisfaction from the effort. Her work embodies and gives flight to the very notion of an inner drive to advance, and the very imagination that forms its base. The work is seen as complicated and thought-provoking, sensual and deep. The diptych element adds to the compound feelings that the pieces evoke. Together they are viewed as illuminating each other and comprising a distinct work of art from the individual parts. Particularly in her intimate Divas Collection, he artist reviews the female role, character and person in today’s culture.The artist works with contrasts to illustrate the ambiguity of the role of women in today’s society; it can be the contrast of the Diva’s lascivious gaze and the arrogance of her energetic pose, or a contrast in the use of color shades or brushworks. The framing in various geographical areas, whether in a nighttime metropolis or an idyllic landscape, illustrates the universality of the artist’s idea.The individual display of each Diva expresses further the personality of the figure, while characterizing the increasingly proud loneliness of modern culture. Detailed, intimate and in a seemingly transient state Miki’s subjects are often ambiguous, and the scale of details entices one to look more carefully and consider the image further. It is impossible not to think of stereotypes of our time, always changing depending on one’s perspective. Yet whilst the subject matter appears ephemeral, the materiality of the painting reinforces its permanence, cementing in time what would otherwise be fleeting.
Collect Miki Riemann's work at Gallery 446