(born and raised along the 605, works in Los Angeles).
First generation American and daughter to immigrant parents from former socialist Yugoslavia, Daniela grew up making regular visits to Eastern Europe/Yugoslavia (pre and post civil-war) where brutalism and socialist avant-garde became foundational to her DNA and now regularly show up in her work.
Soberman works at the intersection of sculpture and gestural mark making -- creating works full of emotion, wit, and humor. Her materials have included ceramic, polystyrene, plaster, flour, ink, chalk, paint, cotton -- and .... riddles.
In her work, Daniela explores themes of unconventionalism, memory, and the shared human experience.
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"At its foundation, my work attempts to capture what it means “to be human.” How we interact with space, how we interact with others, how we see/understand things, how we construct our environments, how we make marks, how our experiences and emotions are seemingly different, yet fundamentally the same. Even in my largest, most monumental pieces, I try to convey a sense of “human-ness” of being about the people, among the people, of the people. And just how emotionally the same we as human animals – are."
-- first show, ever, 2021 -- Long Beach Museum of Art, curated by Ron Nelson and Paul Loya
-- first large-scale architectural piece + first museum commission, 2021/2022 -- Torrance Art Museum, curated by artist/curator Max Presneill.
-- first gallery show, 2022 -- Sade LA, curated by Brian Lee Hughes.
-- invited finalist, Bucharest Biennale 2022
-- invited installation artist for joint Getty and Long Beach Museum of Art exhibition (june 2022)