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Media Description: Graphite on Paper


Adonna Khare is an American master carbon-pencil artist. Her style has been compared to the photo-realistic illustrations of Audubon, but the surreal worlds and strange inhabitants she creates can only spring from her imagination. Khare’s life-size works, which she is focusing on more and more, possess the scope of a painting, but with enough detail and realism to give viewers the impression they can step through the paper and into Adonna’s worlds. Though she stays steadfast to her chosen mediums, pencil and paper, her work spans from 8” x 11” to massive murals covering entire walls. She says of her process, “I draw how one might sculpt,” and the final artworks contain far more layers of pencil than the surface belies. A review of her in-progress pieces reveal hints of skeleton, almost as if she is drawing her fictional subjects from the inside out.

Adonna's work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Huffington Post, American Art Collector, Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi-Fructose, Mashable, My Modern Metropolis and more. Her work has been exhibited at Crystal Bridges Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, The Long Beach Art Museum, Yellowstone Art Museum and others. Her works are in numerous prestigious private and museum collections around the world. Adonna holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from California State University Long Beach. To learn more, visit

Artist Statement

A lot of my work deals with the absurdities in life.

Juxtaposing predator and prey conveys a change of context, it brings the viewers in to really think about their understanding of not only the animals but those that are around them.

The Elephant pieces have to do with the weight that we carry around in our lives. I consider all these beasts of burden, symbolizing the human condition.



B.A. in Art from California State University Long Beach
M.F.A in Art from CSULB


Opening February 6th – May 29th
Adonna Khare Solo, Boise Art Museum Boise, ID

Opening October 2nd
Adonna Khare: Playing with Matches at Visions West Gallery, Denver, CO

Opening September 26th
Brand 43: Works on Paper Glendale, CA

Opening June 11th
Never Say No, Galerie Wolfsen Denmark

Opening May 16th
Menagerie at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

April 4th – 18th
Bunnymania at Chunking Studios, Los Angeles, CA

April 3rd
EMS Nude Survey 1 at Jamie Brooks Fine Art, Costa Mesa, CA

Opening January 29th – February 18th 2015
The Natural World at Fullerton Art College, Fullerton, CA

Opening November 15th – December 14th 2014
38th Annual Salon National Des Artistes Animaliers Paris, France

Opening September 13th – January 19th 2015
State Of the Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville AR

Opening September 13th – November 30th 2014
ELEPHANT: FORGET ME NOT at The National Museum for Animals & Society Los Angeles, CA

Opening March 20th – August 24th 2014
Face to Face at the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings MT

March 8th 2014
Assembly-Line Collective 10 Year Anniversary at the Think Tank Gallery

Opening February 25 – Thursday March 27 2014
Storytellers at the Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery, Biola University

Opening June 8th 2013 – July 20th 2013
In the Clouds at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA


Opening September 17th – October 7th 2012
ArtPrize Entry “Elephants” at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Michigan – Winner of 2012 ArtPrize

Opening August 4th – September 1st 2012
Summer Group Show at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica


Opening May 7th – June 18th 2011
Menagerie at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica


Opening September 12th – November 7th 2010
The World of Adonna Khare: Beasts, Backpacks and Curious Creatures

Opening December 5th 2009 – January 2nd 2010
Animal Attractions at PS Zask Art Gallery

Opening November 21st 2009 – December 31st 2009
The Toy Show II at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery

Opening October 16th 2009 – Feburary 14th 2010
Sweet Subversives at The Long Beach Museum of Art

Opening June 13th 2009
Artists Reception June 13th from 5-7 PM
Draw the Line at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery

Opening February 12th through April 19, 2009
Artists Reception February 15th from 2-5PM
WHIM-WHAM-at the Los Angeles Municpal Art Gallery

Opening April 5th, 2008
By A Thread, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Bergamont Station Santa Monica, CA

Opening Saturday November 3rd
The Toy Show, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery, Bergamont Station Santa Monica, CA

Saturday June 16th 5:00PM
Luck of the Draw, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery Santa Monica, CA

May 26 through August 12
Surrealism Today Nassau County Museum, Nassau County New York