a colorful grid with various mixed mediums and stylistic finishings

Kevin Umaña, Windy Waves (2022). Acrylic, oil, vinyl paint, oil pastel, flock, sand, walnut ink, clay, silicone, color pencil, gouache and ceramics on canvas. 17.75 x 23.75 x 2 in.

Kevin Umaña is a multidisciplinary artist whose recent work is a fusion of glazed ceramics and paintings on canvas, inspired by his memories from childhood of plants, community beaches, local cuisine, and religious experiences.
His work blends conflicting styles, such as order and mess, biomorphic and geometric shapes, and matte and sheen textures. Unconventional materials like gem minerals and sawdust often sourced from the locations that inspire them are incorporated into the works. Umaña’s creative process is intuitive, investigative, and unpredictable and is his vehicle for exploring the delicate balance between his role as a creator and the energy of the natural world.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.