Living and working in New York City, Reka Nyari’s practice spans from fine art photography and videography, to elaborate installation and performance pieces. Oscillating between mischievous eroticism and wistful splendor, her work employs and explores traditional ideals of beauty and gender to portray sexuality from a predominantly female perspective. Nyari’s images of nude figures are not strictly intended as alluring portraits, while deriving their emotional charge from the familiar motifs of erotic photography, they expand the pictorial vocabulary to the realm of narratives, layering in personal histories and fictitious content.

Born in 1979 in Helsinki, and raised in Finland and Hungary, Nyari came to New York City at the age of seventeen. After studying at The School of Visual Arts, she started modeling and discovered her interest in photography. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in the United States and Europe. She has received awards from prestigious organizations, including first place Winner of International Photography Awards (IPA in 2010 and 2022). Her 225-page Monograph titled ‘Femme Fatale: Female Erotic Photography’ is published in 6 languages and sold out worldwide. Her NFT auction at Art Basel Miami 2021 raised $200,000 for charity, and was featured in the New York Times. She is a SuperRare represented artist (superrare. com). Her work was featured at the 1st NFT museum exhibition in Milan at DART Dynamic Art Museum in Nov 2021-Feb 2022.

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About the works

A photographer whose unique body of work uses nude portraiture to explore traditional ideals of female beauty alongside issues of self-identity and gender empowerment, Reka Nyari produces pictures that, while retaining many of the motifs of traditional erotic photographs subtly subvert them. Nyari introduces elements of personal narrative and fictitious stories into her images to consider broader ideas of feminine identity. The cinematography and eccentric narratives of Roman Polanski and David Lynch influence her work as much as the art of Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Miles Aldridge, and Cindy Sherman. Nyari tells her stories through the use of setting—employing both staged backdrops and props and landscapes as background—as well as through the gestures and gaze of her models. “Ink Stories” works examine the histories of women whose troubled backgrounds are reflected in the elaborate tattoos which cover their bodies, literally writing their life stories on their skin.

Featured works

Routes, Punktured Ink (2021)

Patronne (2021)

Effect Papillon (2021)

Efflorescence, Blooming Ink (2019)

Bud of the Bud, Blooming Ink (2019)

My Blade, My Beloved, Valkyrie Ink (2022)

Whispers of imouto, Geisha (2018)