We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniela Soberman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniela, why did you pursue a creative career?
I come from an extremely creative family and although being artistic was never forced upon me, the thought process that creatives go through influenced me from a very young age. I actually initially thought I wanted to pursue a non-artistic path, but my brain and body rebelled against it and I eventually listened.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve had an interesting path and a somewhat interesting start.
I was born to two incredibly creative people; my father was an inventor and my mother an artist. I grew up making regular visits to post-war socialist Yugoslavia with my parents where I was exposed to European Avantgarde, socialist art, expressionism, and modernist themes all of which now fundamentally influence and regularly show up in my work.
In 1999 I published a series of books on early 20th Century popular culture. These publications became pretty popular and I was able to do a few book tours, invited lectures, and book signings. Some of my titles are still carried in museums (including the Smithsonian).
Then in 2013, after having a child, I decided to go back to my original visual arts passions and focus my time on my new family and on igniting my sculptural practice. I’ve since moved to Los Angeles (from Long Beach) with my family, spent 7 years honing my sculpture practice, and in 2020 reestablished my studio in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.
I’m most excited to be bringing my sculptural practice to life. I think there are few women that do sculpture, as it’s historically been more male-dominated, and being a woman in that space is exciting to me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, I have to say that I live in one of the coolest parts of LA. If a friend was visiting, first we’d start out in my neighborhood.
Breakfast — Delia’s — for fantastic huevos rancheros. A family run place where Delia runs the counter and where there is garden seating with a view of the Virgen de Guadalupe. I also love their coffee which they make with cinnamon.
Then a walk down to Read Books, a used bookshop where I always leave with something obscure in-hand, like a great book on Russian Avantgarde Art.
A light lunch at Milkfarm, my local cheese shop that also does sandwiches and wine.
Dinner at Chateau Lemongrass, a family run Vietnamese restaurant whose vermicelli with tofu is something that I am legitimately addicted to.
We’d also hit The Tiny, a local homespun community museum where there is a revolving collection of tiny items that people can stop by to collect.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As a first-generation Californian, born to immigrant parents, my mother and father are the first I have to thank for creating a possibility where one would not have existed. After them, my rocket scientist husband and child are always supportive and encouraging and are happy to play in the mud (clay) with me.
Portraits by Jen Dessinger