Sara Carli (American, b.1985)

In 2008, Sara graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and Pre-Medicine from Florida International University in Miami, Fla. She soon realized it was a fascination with human anatomy that influenced her science major, but what she really longed for was artistic expression. After graduating, she began a career in fashion that eventually brought her to Vogue Magazine in New York City. Sara’s knowledge of the human form and her love of fashion collided when she discovered painting in 2013, developing a style that utilizes both interests. Living in Miami at the time, this first approach can be seen in her tropical works, which represent the setting in which she began teaching herself the art of oil painting.

Sara’s tropical works in figure painting show a palpable photorealistic style. Examining the intersection between time and space, art and reality, Sara captures a precise moment and dissects it. Each detail is meticulously rendered to give the feeling of actually being there, making time stand still, and inviting you to evaluate the delicacy of a moment at your leisure. She uses light to emphasize the supple nature of the human body, creating further intrigue and curiosity. Layers of glazing provide intense depth and brilliant saturation, giving her subjects a lifelike allure.

After vacationing in Healdsburg, Calif. in early 2015, Sara decided that it was time for a move. Bewitched by the fairytale landscape of the California Wine Country and an artistic passion that imbued itself throughout the food, wine, art and the local lifestyle, she knew that this was the place to become serious about art. Wanting to understand wine more fully, Sara took a tasting room position at a local winery. Her second approach to painting came about through her exposure to this world.

Wine is an artistic masterpiece. The beverage represents timeless moments. Celebrated achievements. Priceless memories that we can keep bottled for a lifetime. For those in the industry, we begin to understand wine from its most basic elements. The earth the grapes came from. The weather of a favorite vintage. The smell of a brand-new french oak barrel. And for every enthusiastic consumer of wine, that ever-so-gratifying 'POP!' of the cork when opening a favorite bottle of wine. This inspired Sara's second approach to oil painting. The cork. 

Some folks carry on the memory of a bottle by saving the cork. Some folks have it painted. And this is where Sara comes in. Her photorealistic cork paintings are rendered with an accuracy that is unmistakable. Each crack and crevice can be felt with lifelike precision, representing the struggle in great winemaking. The lush color we admire in the glass comes to life on the painted wine-soaked cork. Her technique developing texture makes you salivate for a sip of the lauded beverage in view. 

Sara’s works are created using oil on linen or canvas. Her painstaking process can take up to two months for one painting.

Sara’s studio is located in Sebastopol, Calif. Her talent has been rewarded, as she was named finalist in the Urban Riche Gallery “Portrait” competition and has been recognized in many online art publications. Her work can also be found in private collections throughout the country. She is a member of the Hermosa Beach Artist Collective and represented by RESIN Gallery in Hermosa Beach, Calif.


Exhibition History

-2018 Symbiosis: Group Show, RESIN Hermosa Beach Artist Collective, Hermosa Beach, Ca.

-2018 Solo Exhibition. The Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa, Ca.

-2018 Water&Wood, RESIN Hermosa Beach Artist Collective, Hermosa Beach, Ca.

-2016 Solo Exhibition, Summer Winemaker Dinner: Havana Nights and The Miami Collection. MacRostie Winery Estate House, Healdsburg, Ca.



-RESIN Hermosa Beach Artist Collective, Symbiosis: Group Show, BEST-IN-SHOW - Water Reflection at Sunset

-The Art List Juried Competition, Artist of the Month – The Wynwood Walls

-Urban Riche Gallery, Juried Contest, Finalist – The Wynwood Walls


-Art Muzeo Art Music & Cultural Magazine - Issue 6