Abstract painter Fanny Karchmer aims for her work to allow the viewer to "find spaces and shapes of the soul." To depict such intangible, non-physical concepts, Fanny creates layers upon layers of small, interlocking colors. She applies oil on canvas with gestural strokes that are both vigorous and generous. Her palette is overall dark and contemplative, but each piece sports a self-contained universe of lights and darks, colors and counter-colors, swampy low tones and bright highlights.
Though she titles her paintings according to their true-life inspirations, Fanny is a thorough abstractionist. She mixes spontaneous dabs with deliberate blocks of color, caked on with care to create contrast of both thickness and direction. Shape is important to her work: she segments her compositions in a very tangible, calculated manner. Throughout the work, the visible hand is a prominent storyteller, as one can almost trace Karchmer's creative path across the finished canvas.
Fanny was born in Mexico City, where she continues to live and work today. She has exhibited around the United States, as well as in Mexico.