Anya Spielman

United States 1966

Abstract Art

Anya Spielman
Anya Spielman
United States
November 4, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Anya Spielman is an American abstract artist, a student of Wayne Thiebaud. She explores the relationship of binary forms – the tension between humanity and inhumanity.

Spielman was born in Berkeley, California in 1966. She earned her degree at the University of California at Davis, majoring Art Studio and Anthropology. After graduating Anya continued to be mentored by Wayne Thiebaud, known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects and who had been guiding her throughout her formal art education.


Anya Spielman - Weightless, 2011
Anya Spielman – Weightless, 2011

Anya was always curious about the things that lie beneath surfaces, so she was driven to experience drawing from cadavers, to work in construction and demolition, participate in informal ethnographic researches or travel alone all over the globe. She spent some time in Paris and then New York where she worked in her Bowery studio in Manhattan. Being both a West Coast and East Coast painter, Spielman returned to her native California in 2005

Whet, 2015

Anya Spielman - Whet (detail), 2015
Anya Spielman – Whet (detail), 2015

Spielman derives her inspiration from, at first glance, completely different places and experiences – her pregnancy, early childhood of her two kids, 9/11 and all the way to Japanese blossom explosion of color annual show at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Sometimes she even works on up to forty paintings at a time!

All of her artworks are characterized by the indissoluble micro and macro aspect of her work, the intensity of saturated color and the submerged language of her work. Anya uses reds and pinks, linking the flesh and blood, and her pale creams, yellows and blues often recall bodily fluids – creating so the pulse of life.

Petites Boules and Bush

Anya Spielman - Petites Boules, 2000
Anya Spielman – Petites Boules, 2000

Spielman’s large oil on canvas titled Petites Boules was exhibited in Uruguay via The US Department of State Art in Embassies Program. In 2007, during his visit to Uruguay, President Bush was photographed in front of this piece.

The artist is represented by IdeelArt.

Anya Spielman lives and works in the Los Angeles area.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Select Fair NYCNew York, NYGroup
2013Gallery FavoritesMurdoch Collections, Portland, ORGroup
2012Prints for PICAPortland, ORGroup
2012Flat Files ShowWhite Box Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Naughty Cream, Window ProjectPDX Contemporary Art, Portland, ORSolo
2011Prints for PICAPortland, ORGroup
2011Frank Shell TourPortland, ORGroup
2010New Works618 NW Glisan St., Portland, ORSolo
2010Prints for PICAPortland, ORGroup
2009Prints for PICAPortland, ORGroup
2009TALENT PReVIEW ’09 5 Curators, 5 Gallerists Select 5 Artists EachWhite Box Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Aqua Art MiamiMiami, FLGroup
2008Art Fair 21Cologne, GermanyGroup
2008Art NowNew York, NYGroup
2007Red Dot FairMichael Rosenthal Contemporary Art, Miami, FLGroup
2007StungMichael Rosenthal Contemporary Art Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2007New York Series FallingCaffe Museo, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CASolo
2007Bridge Art FairLondon, UKGroup
2007American Embassy, Art in Embassies ProgramMontevideo, UruguayGroup
2006Toybox Holiday BenefitWhite Box Gallery, at Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004San Francisco Museum of Modern Art AuctionSFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Groundswell BenefitWhite Columns Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2002POP Culture Road ShowNY, Miami, ChicagoGroup
2002New Work108 Bowery, New York, NYSolo
2002Lucky DrawDeitch Projects, New York, NYGroup
2002San Francisco Museum of Modern Art AuctionSFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (Catalogue)Group
2001Art MiamiMiami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FLGroup
2001Palm Springs International Art FairPalm Springs, CAGroup
2001LA Modernism ShowSanta Monica, LAGroup
2000Gallery Artists' ExhibitionArt Smart, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998San Francisco Museum of Modern Art AuctionSFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (Catalogue)Group
1998Lef Foundation/Villa Mein ExhibitionYountville, CAGroup
199829th Annual Juried ExhibitionPalm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA Juror: Janet BishopGroup
1997Art is Vital GalleryCalgary, AlbertaGroup
1997BeneathTerrain Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1996Science/Art SynthesisThe Pence Gallery, Davis, CASolo
1996San Francisco Museum of Modern Art AuctionSFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (Catalogue)Group
1996Painting ExhibitionJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CAGroup
1996US Art FairSan Francisco, CAGroup
1995Oscar Wilde: A Man of Great ImportanceTerrain Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1995Artists Salon, Lecture/Exhibition givenSFMOMAGroup
1995Introductions, Terrain GallerySan Francisco, CAGroup
1995Status Report: Seven Years of Artist Projects/Programs/ExhibitionsTerrain Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1995US Art FairSan Francisco, CAGroup
1995Breakfast at the Gallerieswith the opening of new SFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
1995The FigureJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CAGroup
1994Homage to the BardTerrain Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1994Art Los Angeles 1994The International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1994New ImagesCenter for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA Juror: Phil Linhares, Curator of the Oakland Museum of ArtGroup
1994Bay Area Women Artists' ExhibitionAgnes Bourne Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1994US Art FairSan Francisco, CAGroup
1994LA Modernism ShowSanta Monica, CAGroup
1994Crocker Art Auction ExhibitionLive Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CAGroup
1994Memory StonesStanford Faculty Club, Stanford University, Stanford, CASolo
1994New WorksAlbany Arts Gallery, Albany, CASolo
1993Archeology of MindShenandoah Gallery, Plymouth, CASolo
1993Group showThe Walter Buehler Gallery, Davis, CAGroup
1992UC Davis Alumni and Faculty Exhibitionthe Walter Buehler Gallery, Davis, CAGroup
1992The Weir GalleryBerkeley, CAGroup
1989Crocker Art Auction ExhibitionCrocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CAGroup