Uman isn’t big on traveling

Uman isn’t big on traveling. If she had her druthers, she’d just blink and be wherever she wanted. But despite her travel aversion, her life has been quite the journey.

A Life on the Move

By 13, they’d settled in Denmark. Then, in the 2000s, she hit up New York City.

Home Sweet Studio

Uman’s studio is her sanctuary, her happy place. It’s where her latest exhibit, “Darling sweetie, sweetie darling,” is blowing minds at Hauser & Wirth London.

A Burst of Color

Her exhibit is like a rainbow explosion, inspired by her memories of Kenya. Growing up surrounded by colors and sensations shaped her art in a big way.

Connected Art

You’ll notice patterns like layered shapes and spirals, all influenced by Arabic calligraphy. The deep blues and jewel tones? Yeah, they’re straight from the skies of Uman’s homeland.

Going with the Gut

Uman’s painting process is all about feelings. She lets her surroundings, dreams, and moods guide her brush. As a transgender artist, her paintings are like pieces of herself.

A Personal Touch

Her process is all her own, shaped by her time in NYC. She’s hands-on, stretching her own canvases and using cotton for its colors and affordability. Sometimes she skips priming the canvas, getting creative with dry brushes or her fingers.

Looking Ahead

Despite her success, Uman keeps it real. She’s always evolving, letting her gut lead the way as she keeps creating masterpieces.

In a nutshell, Uman’s journey from street artist to gallery darling is a testament to her talent, strength, and unwavering love for her craft.