Illinois native Amie Cunat is a Japanese-American artist whose paintings and installations utilize biomorphic forms and comedic hues to investigate parallels between abstraction and perception.
Cunat, who lives and works out of New York City, obtained a B.A. in visual arts and art history from Fordham University. She received her M.F.A. from Cornell University after completing a postbaccalaureate program in painting and drawing at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo exhibitions include shows at Victori and Mo in Brooklyn; Knockdown Center in Queens; Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill, Bronx; and The Cooper Union, among others. Cunat's work has been reviewed and featured by the New York Times, ARTnews, Artsy, Artnet News, Two Coats of Paint, and Hyperallergic.
During her time at Cornell, Cunat says her greatest influence came from classmates and art faculty, including her faculty advisor Carl Ostendarp, an associate professor and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Art.
"My fellow graduate students were a strong-minded peer group that pushed me to consider new ways of making and engaging with art," Cunat says. "Professor Ostendarp's criticality, knowledge, guidance, and encouragement were — and still are — invaluable." She "had a ton of fun" as a teaching assistant for Associate Professor Gregory Page's introductory printmaking class. "Professor Page's humor and kindness cultivated a sense of community in the lithography studio."