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Anya Spielman

Born in 1966 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Anya Spielman is an American abstract painter. Her work explores the constellation of binary forces and forms, presenting reoccurring two fold images: the tension between knowing and not knowing, being seen and unseen, humanity and inhumanity. She lives and works in the Los Angeles area.

Anya Spielman studied at the University of California, Davis, where she earned a B.A in 1989 with a major in Art Studio and a minor in Anthropology. She was a student of Wayne Thiebaud, and after graduating, she continued to be mentored by him.

Spielman uses oil paint on canvas, paper and panel in various sizes; she works on up to forty paintings at a time, moving between them as each begins to form, then isolating a work to bring to completion. Her saturated surfaces are luminous, with alternate glossy and matte layers, but also bear rough nail marks that scar and deconstruct the work. These etched lines and marks relate to an image and idea, and are often the underlying structure, the submerged language of a work.
Her use of reds and pinks link to flesh and blood, and the pale creams, yellows and blues in her palette often recall bodily fluids, and the pulse of life.

A curiosity for what lies beneath surfaces initially drove Spielman to draw from cadavers, and in conceptualizing the underlying strata of a form it became clear that the dissection process is linked to the painting process. A painter’s painter, she is captivated by the physicality of the act of painting, the intensity of saturated color and human motivation.

Spielman's works are present in numerous private and public collections, mostly based in the US but also internationally, including the permanent collection of the US Department of State, which acquired a 54"x124" oil on paper, "Weightless", as part of their Art In Embassies Program (AIE). This work is displayed in the U.S. Embassy of Monterrey, Mexico.

Anya Spielman has exhibited extensively in the US in solo and group exhibitions. She as well showcased internationally in group exhibitions in Canada, Uruguay and Argentina.
Her work has been also featured in various art fairs including Select Fair NYC, Aqua Art Miami, Art Fair 21 Cologne, and Bridge Art Fair in London.

Spielman’s paintings have also appeared on the hit reality TV shows “The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “The Bachelorette,” and in several motion pictures.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
Naughty Cream, Window Project, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2010
New Works, 618 NW Glisan St., Portland, OR

2007
• Stung, Michael Rosenthal Contemporary Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• New York Series-Falling, Caffe Museo, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2002
New Work, 108 Bowery, New York, NY

1997
Beneath," Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996
Science/Art Synthesis, The Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

1994
• Memory Stones, Stanford Faculty Club, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
• New Works, Albany Arts Gallery, Albany, CA

1993
Archeology of Mind, Shenandoah Gallery, Plymouth, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
Select Fair NYC, New York

2013
Gallery Favorites, Murdoch Collections, Portland, OR

2012
• Prints for PICA, Portland, OR
• Flat Files Show, White Box Gallery, New York, NY

2011
• Prints for PICA, Portland, OR
• Frank Shell Tour, Portland, OR

2010
Prints for PICA, Portland, OR

2009
• Prints for PICA, Portland, OR
• TALENT PReVIEW ’09 5 Curators, 5 Gallerists Select 5 Artists Each, White Box Gallery, New York, NY

2008
• Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL
• Art Fair 21, Cologne, Germany
• Art Now, New York, NY

2007
• Red Dot Fair, Michael Rosenthal Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
• Bridge Art Fair, London, UK (Catalogue)
• American Embassy, Art in Embassies Program, Montevideo, Uruguay

2006
Toybox Holiday Benefit, White Box Gallery, at Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

2004
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Auction, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (Catalogue)

2003
Groundswell Benefit, White Columns Gallery, New York, NY

2002
• POP Culture Road Show, NY, Miami, Chicago
• Lucky Draw, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
• San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Auction, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (Catalogue)

2001
• Art Miami, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL
• Palm Springs International Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
• LA Modernism Show, Santa Monica, LA

2000
Gallery Artists' Exhibition, Art Smart, San Francisco, CA

1998
• San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Auction, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (Catalogue)
• Lef Foundation/Villa Mein Exhibition, Yountville, CA
• 29th Annual Juried Exhibition, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Juror: Janet Bishop-Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA; Artists Council Award

1997
Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1996
• San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Auction, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (Catalogue)
• Painting Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
• US Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

1995
• Oscar Wilde: A Man of Great Importance, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Artists Salon, Lecture/Exhibition given to SFMOMA
• Introductions, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Status Report: Seven Years of Artist Projects/Programs/Exhibitions, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• US Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
• Breakfast at the Galleries, with the opening of new SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
• The Figure, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

1994
• Homage to the Bard, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Art Los Angeles 1994, The International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
• New Images, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA Juror: Phil Linhares, Curator of the Oakland Museum of Art
• Bay Area Women Artists' Exhibition, Agnes Bourne Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• US Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
• LA Modernism Show, Santa Monica, CA
• Crocker Art Auction Exhibition, Live Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

1993
The Walter Buehler Gallery, Davis, CA

1992
• UC Davis Alumni and Faculty Exhibition, the Walter Buehler Gallery, Davis, CA
• The Weir Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1989
Crocker Art Auction Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA


AWARDS

2013
Joan Mitchell Foundation Award Nominee, New York, NY

2007
US EMBASSY American Artists Abroad Program, Montevideo, Uruguay
Selected as an Art-Ambassador to exhibit and teach in Montevideo.

2000
Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Grant

1998
Artists Council Award, Palm Springs Desert Museum; “29th Annual Juried Exhibition.” Juror: Janet
Bishop – Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA

1994
Nominated by Wayne Thiebaud for the American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY



COLLECTIONS

Permanent Collection of the US Embassy, Monterrey, Mexico, Art in Embassies, US Department of State
Wayne Thiebaud, Sacramento, CA
U.S. Ambassador Frank Baxter & Mrs. Baxter
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
Numerous Private Collections

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