Ponie O began her career as an artist in 1989 where she was represented by gallerist Steve Feinman of Multiple Impressions gallery in Soho, New York. Over the course of two years, she had two solo shows in both New York and Providence, Rhode Island. During that time, her work was sold all over the world, including the UK, Canada and Japan. Recently, her work has been included in the Clio art fair in NY and in the RawSpace 2621 gallery group show in the lower east side of Manhattan. Ponie O’s work will also be shown in the upcoming Reveal International Contemporary Art Fair in Saratoga, NY and the July 2019 Art Aspen show.
In 1991 Ponie O (aka Rona Oberman) took a hiatus from her art to focus on her career as an advertising creative director in New York city. During her time at McCann-Erickson and J. Walter Thompson advertising agencies, she was awarded the Cannes Lion, the Art Director's award, the Kelly award, three Effies, and the London International Advertising award.
I grew up in Montreal, Canada but went to Brandeis University in Boston as a theatre major. That was where I first learned about unspoken communication – how facial expression, clothes and gesture could telegraph better than words. Upon graduation, I came to New York as a graduate student at Pratt Institute for design where I got my masters in communication arts. It led me to a 30-year career as a creative director in advertising – an industry very much reliant on observing human behavior. With unintended consequences, the hundreds of focus groups I attended, where I listened to consumers from every corner of the country, influenced many of the characters who populate my work. Recently, I have been inspired by both the brave and absurd characters we read about every day. The news never ceases to provide me with material to draw from. All these people have found ways into my work and help me see the world with a much-needed, sense of humor.