Kate Sikorski­­­­­

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Work that engages with contemporary issues related to “information overload” and “digital detox” is important to understanding the human condition in our time. Our solitary consumption of an endless stream of screen-based media leaves us overwhelmed and struggling to feel present in the physical moment. Direct observation drawing requires the artist (and the viewer if the artist is successful) to focus and meditate on a single subject or object. My work uses personal experience as a springboard to collaborate with individuals in my community to have conversations about social mores on womanhood and age; identity stereotypes about citizenship, leisure, and gender; technology’s framing of friendship; and privacy in the digital age. Through representational drawing and conceptually chosen techniques and materials, I organize my process to ask my mom (and viewers like her) why we think what we do and whether we are sure of what we think we know.



California State University, Long Beach, MFA, Figurative Life Drawing and Painting, 2011

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. Global Studies, 2006­­­

University of of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2005



2015 Intrinsic Expedition, Westmont College, Santa Barbara

2012 Burkini Surf Series, Alexander Salazar Fine Art, San Diego

2011 Uninhibited, Max Gatov Gallery, CSU Long Beach



2016 MAS Attack, Torrance Art Museum

2016 Victor Frias and Friends III, DA Center for the Arts. Pasadena

2016 Engendered Inequity: Gallery Tally, LACE, Los Angeles

2015 Temporary Contemporary Artist Surf Contest, Zuma (Malibu), sponsored by Night Gallery and Ghebaly Gallery

2015 MAS Attack 9, Temporary Space LA, Los Angeles

2015 MAS Attack 8, Art Institute in Balboa Park, San Diego

2014 MAS Attack 7, Airport Art Studios, Santa Monica

2014 Gallery Tally Poster Project, For Your Art, Los Angeles

2013 Compass, OC Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana

2013 Monster Drawing Rally, Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles

2012 International Drawing Project, Café Royal Books, London

2012 Californians, Artspace Purl, Daegu, South Korea

2011 Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne, Curators: Christian Cummings & Doug Harvey

2011 Insights, CSULB University Art Museum, Long Beach

2010 Insights, CSULB University Art Museum

2009 GLAMFA Open Studios, California State University, Long Beach

2008 GLAMFA Open Studios , California State University, Long Beach



Blue Magazine (Japan), 2016

Studio Visit Magazine, 2013

TIDE~ Magazine, May/June 2012 Issue 30, p. 76-83 and limited edition t-shirt series, Germany



Fabrik: Art, Design, and Architecture Magazine, MAS Attack 7, (Preview), December 10, 2014

Steinhauer, Jillian. “Tallying Art World Inequality, one Gallery at a Time” (Review), HyperAllergic, March 27, 2013

Caldwell, Ellen. “Making Waves: Kate Sikorski’s Burkini Surf Project” (Review), New American Paintings blog, July 13, 2012

Williams, Cassie. “Muslim. Female. Surfer.” (Review) Huffington Post, June, 29, 2012 10:36am

Rose, Joshua. “Coastal Commons (Preview)” American Art Collector, August 2012 Issue 82, p. 128-9

Nys Dambrot, Shana. “Flag Stop Art Fair: South Bay Lexus Dealership Becomes an Art Gallery (Review),” LA, September 12, 2011 9:50am

Knight, Christopher. “’Chain Letter’ at Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Review),” LA, August 4, 2011

Simonson, Lily. “Looking at Los Angeles: Curators Gone Viral Chain Letter at Shoshana Wayne (Review),”, July 28, 2011



Carol Cheh, “Kate-Chung,” Audio Recorded Burkini Surf Interviews, KChung Radio, Los Angeles, CA, July 27, 2013, 5-10pm

Heather Ford, “Making Waves: The Burkini Surf Project,” Fox News, Channel 5, San Diego, CA, January 18, 2013, 9:05-9:15am



2013, Artist-in-Residence, Chloe Flores FB, Los Angeles, CA, March 1-31

2012, Annual Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award, College of the Arts, California State University, Long Beach

2002, Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship, Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts

2002, Full Tuition Scholarship, Laguna College of Art and Design pre-college program




Microsoft, Seattle, WA

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