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Wo Schiffman

Sausalito, CA

Artist Statement My art practice is inspired by the land and seascapes encountered in my explorations over many years. Observing natural patterns and formations from the Arctic Circle to the Great Barrier Reef has provided the palette and motivation to expand and abstract these vistas and expose the sources and natural processes that form them. As an oil , wax and ink painter, I work with ground pigments made from botanicals and minerals, suspended in oil or beeswax. The process of creating these images with hot or cold pigments emulates the physical planetary process of heat, cold, pressure and stratification. Posing questions about the past, present and future land and seascapes of our planet is central to my art practice. I live in Northern California with an art practice in Marin County and Mendocino. My work is available in San Francisco (SF Women Artists Gallery), New York (Atlantic Gallery), New England (Lane House Art Ctr) and through the Alessandro Berni Gallery (NY & Italy). Wo Schiffman woizme@me.com woschiffman.com


Trained in oil, ink, wax painting, and monotype printing, Wo works primarily on wood, washi paper, and stone. As the daughter of NASA Scientists, her education explored not only art but questions in Physics and Philosophy. Wo holds a BA in Philosophy (summa cum laude) with honors from John Carroll University, with concentrated atelier art study in Scandinavia and the US including the Art Students League of NY and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Wo's work is in the permanent collections of: the New York Hall of Science Museum, the Hosby Konsthall Print Museum(Sweden), and the Museum of Encaustic Art (Santa Fe, NM) and numerous private collections.

Recent Exhibitions (2021)

Jan. Quarantine II, Linea, Curated by James Little, Art Students League of NY
Feb Curated Member’s Show, SFWA Salon, SF
March ACLU Annual Art Auction for IRIS House, Curated by Jeffrey Peters
April SCAPES - City, Sea & Land*, Juror, Randall Sexton, SFWA Gallery,*Juror's Choice Award
June Aardvarks in Reykjavik, 2-person show with Davey Whitcraft, hosted by Atlantic Gallery, NYC
July Connections V, Curated invitational Exhibition, Atlantic Gallery, NYC
Sep. Water Poems: Solo Exhibition, SFWA Gallery, SF, CA
Sep. Abstracts*, Juror, Phillip Bewley, SFWA Gallery, SF, CA. *Juror's Choice Award
Oct. SF Art Market, Sponsored/curated by Alessandro Berni Gallery

Professional Affiliations:

International Encaustic Association

National Association of Independent Artists

San Francisco Women Artists


Alessandro Berni Gallery, New York/Italy
Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
Lane House Art Center, Hampton, NH
SFWA Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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