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Artist Anya Spielman

Anya Spielman

Los Angeles


American   —   American b. 1966 - Anya Spielman is a Los Angeles-based artist with a dual degree from UC Davis in Art Studio and Anthropology. She was a student of Wayne Thiebaud and continued to be mentored by him after graduation. There exists a complex duality to Spielman’s work: it is both intensely physical with elements of violence while hyperconscious of the beauty and evanescence of life. The result is work that is expressionistic and yet operates within a framework of restraint. The saturated color of the canvases and works on paper are juicy and sensual, yet there is something disturbing in their beauty. Spielman’s surfaces are extraordinary, gorgeously layered, yet upon close study, rough nail marks scar the paint and deconstruct the work. Above all, there is a strong sense of mystery in Spielman’s work – she reminds viewers who are brave enough to keep looking of the tenuous balance between knowing and not knowing. Spielman has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2013, she was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Award. Also, in 2013, her large-scale painting, “Weightless” was purchased by the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program (AIE) for their permanent collection in the U.S. Embassy in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2010, she was included in the New Museum’s Bowery Artists Tribute in New York City. In 2007, she was awarded the American Artist Abroad Program by the AIE U.S. Department of State, to serve as an Art-Ambassador in Uruguay, teaching and lecturing. Spielman has shown at: LSH CoLAB, Los Angeles, CA; Le Pavé D’Orsay, Paris, France; The U.S. Embassy, Monterrey, Mexico; Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL; Kustera Projects Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY; Michael Rosenthal Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA; Art Fair 21, Cologne, Germany; White Box Gallery, New York, NY; Deitch Projects, New York, NY; Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, and The Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA. Her paintings have appeared on ‘The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’, ‘The Bachelorette’, and in several motion pictures. Her work resides in numerous private and public collections.

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