May 2019 Spotlight Artist: RACHEL LEE HOVNANIAN

To learn more about Rachel, check out her current feature in Pregame Magazine.

Rachel Lee Hovnanian is a New York based artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores the complexities of modern feminism, ideals of perfection, and the often-detrimental effects of media on our psyches.

Hovnanian’s art practice merges photography, video, sculpture, painting, and installations that draw upon her Southern upbringing as a woman growing up in Houston, Texas. Her work delves into embedded societal mores that reveal the dichotomy between our intrinsic value systems and our public selves.

With her 2018 three-part solo exhibition, The Women’s Trilogy Project, Hovnanian became the first female artist to be given three consecutive gallery exhibitions in New York. In July of 2019, Hovnanian will hold a solo museum exhibition at the Medici Palace Museum in Seravezza, Italy.

Hovnanian has been represented by Leila Heller Gallery since 2006. She has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Her work is collected widely, and is in the collections of the Royal Family of Dubai, the Mallin Collection, the collections of Lily Safra, the corporate collections of AT&T, Dior, Graff Diamonds and TD Bank, the Multimedia Art Museum, the Moscow Collection, and the 21c Museum Hotels Collection.

Hovnanian’s recent solo exhibitions have been held at Leila Heller Gallery, New York and Dubai; Pechersky Gallery, Moscow; Joyce Gallery, Beijing; and Foundation Pons, Barcelona. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions including at the United States Embassy in Budapest, Hungary; Parasol Unit Foundation, London; the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines; Imago Galleries, Palm Springs; Manarat al Saadivat, Abu Dhabi; Loretta Howard Gallery, New York in an exhibition curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody; Leila Heller Gallery, New York and Dubai; University of Connecticut, Storrs; and at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor. Hovnanian received her BFA from the University of Texas, Austin.

Her work has also been featured in The New York Times, Departures, ArtNews, Elle Decor, The Financial Times, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Marie Claire Maison, Architectural Digest, W Magazine, NY TV 1, Vogue and Vogue Russia, PBS Radio, Brussels TV, Monopol, and Interview Magazine.