Rahmat Balogun in the Ramp Gallery
February 6–March 20, 2018
SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street
The Color Within is an exhibit by Bay Area-based artist Rahmat Balogun, which explores the theme of self-expression. The pieces displayed in this collection were created after she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in mid-2015. Each piece is an exploration of her self-expression through the medium of paint. In the piece Flowing, she seeks to express the ideas of progression and flow as the colors move off the canvas seemingly continuing to fall into the surrounding empty space. Each piece in this exhibit is a manifestation of this theme of self-expression as she attempts to express the various emotions through the process of beginning with a single idea or feeling and a blank canvas and subsequently creating in that space.
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About Rahmat A. Balogun
Rahmat A. Balogun is a first generation Nigerian-American, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Professionally, she is a physician practicing in the specialties of Internal Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from CUNY City College of New York, where she also played NCAA Basketball. She earned her medical degree from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her creative expression has always been present when it came to fashion and style. In addition to a strong photography eye, she continued to explore her creativity when she began painting five years ago. She describes her painting style as mostly abstract expressionist. Having taken part in several group exhibitions, she recently exhibited in the City of South San Francisco General Art Show in July 2017, and a pop up exhibit at the Redwood Shores Library on “What President’s Day Means to Me” in February 2017. Her art has also been published in the Third edition of the Narrateur, Reflections on Caring Publication. This is the first solo exhibition of her fine art paintings.
Image courtesy of Rahmat A. Balogun