Anoka Faruqee is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and New Haven, CT. She has exhibited her work in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and in Asia. Group and solo exhibitions include Max Protetch, Monya Rowe and Thomas Erben Galleries (New York), PS 1 Museum (Queens), Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo), Angles Gallery (Los Angeles), Chicago Cultural Center, and Hosfelt Gallery (San Francisco) and June Lee (Seoul, Korea). She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1997 and her BA from Yale University in 1994. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, the Skowhegan School of Art, and the PS1 National Studio Program. Grants include the Pollock Krasner Foundation and Artadia. Faruqee is curently an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Art, where she is also Acting Director of Graduate Studies of the Painting and Printmaking Department. She has also taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cal Arts, where she was Co-Director of the Art Program for a number of years.
Symmetry often functions as a paradigm of the balance and harmony found in the natural world and great works of art. But mathematicians define symmetry in a more specific way. They describe the repetition of forms as movement in space, and distill symmetry and pattern into a set of laws that operate on an abstract level.