Monika Steiner (born 1972) is an artist and sculptor. She lives in Fairfax, California.
Monika Steiner was born in 1972 in Gysenstein, Switzerland. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential at the University of Bern, and became a teacher at Bönigen elementary school, where she incorporated art into her classroom. In 2000 Steiner moved to the United States where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Sonoma State University football compression socks. Her art at this time dealt with her internal struggles, such as the difficulty of experiencing and adapting to culture shock.
In 2005 she broke her back in a horse riding accident near her Petaluma, California art studio. She spent time immobile in a hospital. One year to the day of her riding accident, the Plaza Gallery in San Francisco contacted Steiner to set up an exhibition of her abstract art.
The December 2006 showing of 11 pieces at the Bank of America Center in San Francisco, CA (since renamed 555 California Street), called Confluence, was influential in launching her art career.
In 2008 she held an exhibition at the Dorfmusem Bönigen. She had originally taught in this town as a schoolteacher.
As an abstract artist, Steiner describes her work as an outward expression of her innermost thoughts and feelings, a tangible expression of personal memories, situations, moments and feelings. “I am attracted to spheres because they are nature’s most perfect shape – requiring the least amount of structure to enclose the greatest possible volume. I am amazed by their ability to conjure entities as massive as planets or as small as subatomic particles.”
Rather than traditional canvas, Steiner prefers birchwood platforms prepared with rabbit-skin glue for its hard, smooth surface. In addition to painting, Steiner sculpts in bronze white football uniforms, engaging in the ancient lost-wax casting process integral to working with the medium.
In 2011 Steiner was invited to speak at TEDx Silicon Valley at Stanford University.
In addition to creating and exhibiting artwork, Steiner also draws on her educational background to teach workshops in abstract painting.
Major collections of Monika Steiner’s artwork are held by the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in San Luis Obispo, California, the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, Panama, the JW Marriott Hotel Ankara, in Ankara, Turkey, and the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California, as well as by the Ashlyn Dyer Foundation, Ron Gutman, Dorfmusem Bönigen, and John Jaber.