Shyama Golden is an L.A.-based visual artist with a background in oil painting and graphic design. She worked as a designer for a decade before transitioning to illustration and focusing on figurative art with a playful magical realist style. Her subjects are a combination of real and imagined people, with masks and animals often functioning as metaphors for human social dynamics. She creates oil and acrylic paintings, as well as iPad paintings which often take the form of seamless patterns or animation. She been commissioned by the New York Times, LA Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Washington Post, Chronicle Books, Penguin Random House, HBO, Universal Pictures, Netflix, and many more.
Her current exhibition, THE PORTAL builds on the tradition of magical realism to see the world in a new light after one of the most consequential and tumultuous years in the collective experience. On display at Hotel Figueroa through 2021, Golden’s original works transport us to various parts of her own personal world. From a life size sasquatch made of cats, to a Yakka from ancient Sri Lankan folklore on horseback, her showcase explores a variety of ideas tied together by the themes of growth, connection, healing, and identity, while some pieces explore evolving notions of femininity and how these are experienced, performed, and reinforced. Seamlessly aligned with Hotel Figueroa’s overarching pillars of togetherness and celebrating women in the arts, Golden’s work explores our connection to each other even during a time of isolation.
Original art, as well as digital prints are available for purchase at Hotel during her show.
Shyama Golden photo by Josh Telles