Ema Harris-Sintamarian is an artist originally from Romania, who currently lives and works in Oakland, CA . Her work is informed by the relationship of her identity to her sense of displacement, and the ways she has devised to reconcile these incongruous elements. Her intricate drawings tackle the dichotomy between containment and liberation by infusing a static diagram with a charge that propels it into motion.
Ema's work has been shown in solo and group shows at Sunny Art Center, London, UK; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Constanta, Romania; Museum of Art, Arad, Romania; Triton Museum in Santa Clara, CA; Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, DE; Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia; Niklas Belenius Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden; Institute of Contemporary Art, CA and Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, NY.
She was the recipient of the Artist Award CVCreates, San Jose, CA(2020), the Golden Foundation Fellowship, Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY (2018), the Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA (2013), ArtShift Award (2008) and the Silicon Valley Arts Council Award (2010). She is the finalist for the Sunny Art Award (2021), and has been nominated for SECA-SFMOMA-History Art Award, SF, CA.
She has participated in residency programs at the Golden Foundation AIR Program, New Berlin, NY; Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA; AIR Krems, Krems au der Donau, Austria; Art House Woslfberg, Garana, Romania; the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside ,CA; WARP Contemporary Art Platform Artist Village Residency, Genk, Belgium, Vermont Studio Center, VT; and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA.
She received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware (2002), and her MFA in Painting from San Jose Sate University (2005). Ema is an Adjunct Instructor at San Jose State University and San Jose City College.