Rachel Ungerer is a Bay Area native and practicing San Francisco artist. From an early age she was influenced by her grandfather. She enjoyed spending time with him while he created miniatures and dollhouses. Throughout her childhood Ungerer was involved in art, creating everything from collage to stained glass. This passion drove Ungerer to earn her major in Art from the University of California at Los Angeles. Ungerer is inspired German Expressionism and Impressionist portraiture.Ungerer’s paintings explore the coexistence of our uniqueness and similarities. While living away from home, Ungerer realized that she recognized her friends in the faces of strangers. Though they had never met, there was something in their face or life experience that was familiar. Despite our differences we share many traits that are perhaps inherently universal to the human condition. We all experience joy and sorrow, love and defeat and a world of emotions in between. This honest human connection is at the core of Ungerer’s artwork.
Kenneth leaf was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1988, he left Minneapolis with a 35mm camera and a motorcycle and, for thirty days, he explored and photographed the landscapes throughout the southwestern states before finally ending up in California. This journey ignited a passion for photography and began his study of photography both in Southern and Northern California. Today, he continues his studies in photography along with printmaking and sculpture at City College of San Francisco. Since 2001, his desire to explore and photograph has taken him to Peru, Mexico, Spain and Turkey. Kenneth presently divides his time between photography and sculpture where he carves organic abstract forms in alabaster and marble.
I have been painting for over 15 years. I love to paint and oil is my medium. I find that the viscosity, smoothness, and sheen that oil paint gives to the artwork is wonderful.
I have been very fortunate to study at the Nassau County Museum of Art in New York with Steve Lampasona. He is a great teacher who imparted his love of art and enthusiasim to me.
I enjoy painting landscapes, seascapes and mountains. Since moving to San
Francisco, surrounded by mountains, they have inspired to paint in brighter colors especially reds, yelows and siennas. The eucalyptus trees, with their blue and grey leaves are majestic and graceful, and the native grasses that grow along the side are beautiful.
I hope you enjoy my art work as much as I have painting them.
I was born in Aix en Provence, France.
I started to discover art through photography. I took a lot of black and white photos of still life. My favorite part of photography was developing photos in a lab. But after 5 years of working in this way, I felt like I was missing a part of the creative process. I wanted to contribute more, to express myself with more freedom and more creative license.
So, I first started to draw because I wanted to stay in black and white like my photos and also to develop my skills. My first painting class was in Italy, and my teacher had to push me because, I didn’t want to use color in my work …
Then I was in Paris, I had a corporate job and I took a few night classes at the fine art school and other studios. I found a good studio to express my creativity. My teacher Patrick Fouilhoux inspired me and he gave me permission to express myself and to create in the way I wanted.
At 30 years old, I decided to quite my corporate job and go back to school at the Beaux art de Verailles.
For 3 years I studied at the Fine arts school (Beaux-Arts de Versailles), I created a lot of projects and I worked hard on conceptualizing my work. My subject was about “veiled presence”, that means ‘When someone is here in body but not in spirit” I had 2 parts of exploration: one was a physical veil, the burka; and the second one was a psychological veil, anesthesia. It was a very heavy subject and I was happy when I arrived in San Francisco which allowed me to express myself about lighter subject matter, such as a meaning who assign to an object in our space.
My series Heart expresses this idea of warm thought and simplicity. I gave myself permission to manipulate more volume of paint to create new textures.
I discovered sculpture two years ago and I’m very happy with my first abstract series: “Nautica flower”. The sculptures resemble something between vegetation, sea weed and bones.