Sofiya Babiak (b. 1999 in Shreveport, LA) is an artist based in New York. She earned her BFA from the Alfred University School of Art and Design and has worked in a variety of media but primarily focuses on painting and photography. Babiak’s work is highly personal and she considers her entire body of work to be a kind of self-portrait, whether she’s in the frame or not (though she often is). Due to the vulnerable nature of her work, it is emotional and humanistic, but tension is often relieved with an awkward humor. Drawn to the figure, it appears in nearly all of her pieces and is typically individualized but occasionally serves as an undistinguished stand-in for a person. Along with talking about her own specific emotions and experiences, Babiak is fascinated by the sublimity of universal humanity. She strives to find awe in the mundane, which you can see through her portrayal of touch, close attention to texture, and the endearing gaze she uses to create her work. Her work has been described as subtly voyeuristic, this aspect is utilized to display her fascinations and near-obsessions with the private moments and unspoken feelings that add up to the most interesting parts of life. The majority of her pieces contain intersectional-feminist, queer, and anti-capitalist themes, ranging from subtle to overt, which can be both accusatory and comical, frequently discussing issues with the straight male-gaze. The art she creates is typically exaggerated, highly saturated, heavily symbolic, and oftentimes approaching saccharine, resulting in a body of work that is emotionally powerful while full of levity and eye-candy.