Monica Denevan

Born in 1964 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Monica Denevan is a San Francisco-based artist whose photographs blur the distinction between cultural documentation and artistic portraiture. They begin with a personal connection made while traveling through Burma and China and evolve from the people and their immediate environment. The individuals live in remote regions far from the changes wrought by industrial development, with a traditional culture that remains linked to the past and the intangible spirit of their homeland. The images transcend the subjects themselves to acknowledge their particpation in a world of extraordinary resonance and harmony.

"Introspective and meditative, Denevan’s camera captures lives that have struck a delicate, often bittersweet balance. Full of visual vitality and natural symbolism, their spirit is a reflection of centuries of unchanging habits. Standing before us, each of these individuals manages to yield to the camera a quiet yet heroic presence. Her subjects, intimately connected to the man-made possessions that surround them, are caught in a transient moment, unfettered by what has passed and what is yet to come."

Denevan has been exhibited across the US and in Hong Kong and Cambodia. She was a winner of the 2008 International Photography exhibition award at the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado.

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EXHIBITIONS

GROUP SHOWS AND ART FAIRS

2014
AAF Hamburg courtesy of Capital Culture Gallery
AAF Amsterdam courtesy of Capital Culture Gallery
Scott Nichols Gallery, “Women: Seeing and Being Seen,” San Francisco, CA
AAF Hampstead Heath courtesy of Capital Culture Gallery
Scott Nichols Gallery, “The Summer Show,” San Francisco, CA
Rayko Photo Center, “The Perimeter of the World,” San Francisco, CA
Arc Gallery, “Foursquared V,” San Francisco, CA

2013
AAF Hamburg courtesy of Capital Culture Gallery
AAF Stockholm courtesy of Capital Culture Gallery
Southeast Museum of Photography, “Critical Mass Top 50 2012,” Daytona Beach, FL
Arc Gallery, “FourSquared IV,” San Francisco, CA
AAF Battersea courtesy of Capital Culture Gallery
Annenberg Space for Photography, slideshow event, “No Strangers,” Los Angeles, CA
AAF Brussels courtesy of Capital Culture Gallery
Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, “Critical Mass Top 50 2012,” Atlanta, GA
SF City Hall Gallery (PhotoAlliance/SFAC galleries), “Take Me Away,” San Francisco, CA

2012
Scott Nichols Gallery, “Our Twentieth Anniversary,” San Francisco, CA
Scott Nichols Gallery, “The Summer Show: Photographs from the Gallery Collection,” San Francisco, CA
Guate Photo Festival, “Looking at Ourselves: Portraits featured on Lenscratch,” Guatemala City

2011
Tao Evolution Gallery, “Contemporary Photographs of Vietnam, Burma, China and Japan,” Hong Kong
Scott Nichols Gallery, “The Summer Show,” San Francisco, CA
Capital Culture, “Contemporary Photography,” London

2010
Scott Nichols Gallery, “The Summer Show,” San Francisco, CA
Angkor Hospital for Children Visitor’s Center, “Exploring Asia,” Siem Reap, Cambodia
California Modern Gallery, “Selections-Artspan Biennial,” San Francisco, CA
Los Medanos College Art Gallery,” Going Places: Photographers Who Travel,” Pittsburg, CA

2009
Capital Culture, “Holiday Exhibition,” London
255 California Street Lobby, “Monica Denevan/Thea Schrack,” San Francisco, CA
Center for Fine Art Photography, “Black and White,” Fort Collins, CO
Juror Jim Casper, Editor and Publisher, Lens Culture, Paris
Center for Photographic Art, “Juried Exhibition,” Carmel, CA

2008
Scott Nichols Gallery, “Summer Online Show III: From the Collection,” San Francisco, CA
Tao Evolution Gallery, “Mythologies: Asia Through the Photographer’s Lens,” (catalog), Hong Kong
Center for Fine Art Photography, “International Exhibition,” Fort Collins, CO
Juror Hossein Farmani, Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles and New York

2007
Scott Nichols Gallery,”The Summer Show II,” San Francisco, CA
Center for Fine Art Photography, “Denver International Airport Invitational,” Denver, CO

2006
525 Market St. Lobby, “Monica Denevan/Anastasia Keriotis,” San Francisco, CA
Wright State University, “Photography Now: One Hundred Portfolios,” Dayton, OH
Women in Photography International, “Turning Silver 100,” Los Angeles, CA
Texas Photographic Society, “TPS 15: The National Competition,” San Antonio, TX
Lyceum Theater Gallery, “Art of Photography Show,” San Diego, CA
Juror Arthur Ollman, Director, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Scott Nichols Gallery, “Women’s Work,” San Francisco, CA

2005
Center for Photographic Art, “Center Awards Exhibition,” Carmel, CA
Juror Arthur Ollman, Director, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Viewpoint Gallery, “Photographs by Women from Scott Nichols Gallery,” Sacramento, CA
Texas Photographic Society, “TPS 14: The National Competition,” San Antonio, TX
Juror Ben Breard, Director, Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, TX

2004
Harold’s Gallery, “Wraparound Magazine Competition Winners,” Los Angeles, CA
Blue Room Gallery, “Holiday Exhibit,” San Francisco, CA
Texas Photographic Society, “TPS 13: The National Competition,” San Antonio, TX
Juror Sue Brisk, Magnum
Cambridge Art Association, “National Prize Show,” Cambridge, MA
Juror Robert Fitzpatrick, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2003
World Council for Arts and Culture, “International Juried Exhibition,” San Francisco, CA
Juror Marian Parmenter, Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery
Texas Photographic Society, “TPS 12: The National Competition,” San Antonio, TX
Juror Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review
The Art Association of Harrisburg, “75th Annual Juried Exhibition,” Harrisburg, PA
Juror Yvette Lee, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Reed Whipple Cultural Center Gallery, “Visions,” Las Vegas, NV (Eight San Francisco photographers.)

2002
San Francisco Art Institute, “Emerging Bay Area Photographers,” San Francisco, CA
Lancaster Museum of Art, “Photo National,” Lancaster, PA
Juror Therese Mulligan, Curator of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

2001
Nexus Gallery, “Fifth Annual National Juried Exhibition,” New York, NY
Juror Dana Miller, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum, New York, NY

2000
Barrett Art Center, “Photowork ‘2k,” Poughkeepsie, NY
Juror Michael Sand, Executive Editor, Aperture, NYC

1999
SOHO20 Gallery, “5th International Exhibition of Woman’s Art,” New York, NY
Juror Debra Singer, Whitney Museum, NYC


SOLO SHOWS

2011
Scott Nichols Gallery, “Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma and China,” San Francisco
Tao Evolution Gallery, “Monica Denevan: Through a Burmese Window,” Hong Kong
Angkor Hospital for Children, “Photographs from Burma and China,” Siem Reap, Cambodia

2010
Duncan Miller Gallery, “Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma,” Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco International Airport Museum, “Monica Denevan: Burma,” San Francisco, CA

2008
Tao Evolution Gallery,”Monica Denevan: New Portraits from Burma,” Hong Kong
Viewpoint Gallery, “Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma,” Sacramento, CA

2007
Tao Evolution Gallery, “The River Anthology: Portraits from Burma,” (catalog), Hong Kong
Grand Hotel d’Angkor, “Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma,” Siem Reap, Cambodia

2006
McDermott Gallery, “Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma,” Siem Reap, Cambodia

2005
White Room Gallery, “Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma,” West Hollywood, CA


Press and Publications

2014
Lens, April 2014, Issue 108, pages 6-7, China
PetaPixel photo blog, March 18, 2014, images and interview, US

2013
LensWork, no. 109: Nov-Dec 2013, pages 46-63, US
SHOTS, no. 121: Autumn 2013, The Five Senses Issue, page 8, US
The Sun, August 2013, Issue 452, cover image, US
Lancon, Philippe. Les iles. France: J’ai Lu, cover image, Paris
The Sun, March 2013, Issue 447, cover image, US

2012
Black+White Photography, October 2012, Issue No. 142, article and cover photograph, UK
SHOTS, no. 117: Autumn 2012, Portrait Issue, pages 15, 31, US
LENSCRATCH, July 16 feature
F-Stop Magazine, Issue 54, Latin America, US
F-Stop Magazine, Issue 51, The Portrait, US

2011
ZYZZYVA, Fall 2011, Issue No. 92, pages 117-120, US
Artvas-The Photo, Summer 2011, Volume 03, pages 24-25, Seoul, Korea
SHOTS, no. 111: Spring 2011, The Body, pages 20, 37, US
The Sun, February 2011, Issue 422, cover image, US

2010
The Sun, June 2010, Issue 414, inside back cover image, US

2009
The Sun, August 2009, Issue 404, cover image, US
LENSCRATCH, August 1 feature

2008
Mythologies: Asia Through the Photographer’s Lens, Tao Evolution, Hong Kong

2007
“Monica Denevan: The River Anthology: Portraits from Burma, Tao Evolution, Hong Kong
Oberoi Hotel Magazine, artist portfolio, Mediascope Publicitas, Mumbai, India

2006
La Repubblica Delle Donne, “Birmania (o no?)”, Volume 505, Italy

2005
The Photo Review, “International Photography Competition,” US
Juror David Achonauer, Editor, American Photo
CameraArts, April/May Issue, US

2004
Black and White Magazine, Spotlight, Issue 32, US
Communication Arts, “Photography Annual 45,” US
Wraparound, “Photo Annual: The Year in Vision,” US
Foto Pozytyw, Poland

2002
The Photo Review, “International Photography Competition,”US
Juror Melissa Harris, Senior Editor, Aperture



Awards

2014
Rayko Photo Center, “Perimeter of the World,” Honorable Mention, San Francisco

2012
PhotoLucida Critical Mass 50

2011
Black and White Spider Awards, 2nd place and three nominee awards, London

2008
Center for Fine Art Photography, International Exhibition, First Place, CO

2007
Px3 Prix de la Photographie, Four Honorable Mention Awards, Paris

2006
Art of Photography Show, First Place, San Diego, CA
Texas Photo Society, “The National Competition,” Honorable Mention, San Antonio, TX
International Photography Awards, Two Honorable Mention Awards, Los Angeles, CA

2005
International Photography Awards, Two Honorable Mention Awards, Los Angeles, CA

2003
Art Association of Harrisburg, First Place, Harrisburg, PA

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