With a practice that encompasses drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, Amaya explores the notions of subjectivity and the self. The artist's formative years in northern Mexico influence her work profoundly, being this totally personal and quietly political.
At the heart of Amaya's practice is a deep concern for the process and materials, with each series looking for a formal solution. Inspired by minimalism, she explores topics related to the body, language, time, violence and landscape.
Karian Amaya has a degree from the University of Guadalajara and studied Mixed Media at The Art Students League of New York. Her work has been exhibited in Mexico, the United States and Europe. In 2015, she participated in the mentoring program for immigrant artists at the New York Arts Foundation. In 2016 she participated in the Biennial of the Border held at the El Paso Museum of Art. She has received numerous awards, among them, Stimuli of the artistic creation PECDA (2013-2014), the Alfaro Siqueiros Scholarship (2017) and the Grodman Legacy Grant granted by the UDG Foundation (2018).
Transitante, Collective exhibition at Casa Pajarito, Guadalajara, Mexico. Organized by Galeria Chica and curated by Alejandra Munguia. 2018 Oficio y Materia, Museum of Art of Zapopan MAZ, Andador 20 de Noviembre No.166, Zapopan, Jalisco. Mexico. Curated by Viviana Kuri Haddad. 2017 Rituales de la indolencia, Cuadro 22 Gallery, Chur, Switzerland. 2016 INDOCUMENTADOS, ROYAL PALM BEACH- ART BASEL MIAMI, Miami, United States. Curated by Miriam Villaseñor. Sálvese quien pueda, Museo de la Ciudad, Guadalajara, Mexico. PROMETEO, Museo de arte Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Jorge Tejeda 2015 Bienal El Paso/Juarez, El paso museum of contemporary art. El paso, United States. A FALSE HORIZON: ART FROM LATIN AMERICA, Chelsea, New York, United States. Curated by Ana Escoto. Salón Acme , Archipiélago, México D.F., Mexico. 2014 Wythe Hotel, Wythe Hotel Show, New York, United States. This Event May Be Occurring In Another Context , La Fabrica Gallery , New York, United States. El no hacer, Contemporary art museum MAC8, Aguascalientes, Mexico. 2013 No need for prophecies, Diéresis Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Humberto Moro Arte careyes, La Brignonesca Gallery, Careyes, Mexico. Curated by Humberto Moro Tinnitus y fosfenos, Museo de arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Viviana Kuri 2012 UNM2 Young artist fair, Demetria Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Humberto Moro. 2011 Mirages, Casa Redonda Museum, Chihuahua, Mexico. Exhibition of visual arts students organized by UNESCO, Capilla Tolsa, Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico.