About the Artist



Sya is an internet-taught artist from Detroit who paints in acrylics and oils. Her oeuvre includes a variety of subjects that integrate her love of movement with contemporary visionary and pop-surrealist themes. 

Raised near Ann Arbor, Michigan in a Zen Buddhist family, Sya grew up heavily influenced by Eastern culture and philosophy. In her home, a “time-out” was synonymous with a 10 minute reflection on the teachings of the Dalai Lama. These life practices became the foundation for her inquisitive nature, which would eventually inspire the themes behind her artwork. 

Sya's first love was dancing. During her youth, she studied over a dozen styles of dance and toured Germany and France in a ballet ensemble at the age of 16. After graduating with a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University, she began performing professionally worldwide.

Sya's love of movement clearly manifests in her paintings. She was always fascinated by the perceived dualities of the world, and both painting and dancing allowed exploration of these dynamics. She felt energized by painting, the same way she was compelled by the silences in a song. Watching fluid lines and figures emerge from nothing, interacting with negative space in a manner of support and wholeness... she found a new love.

Past Shows


March 2019 

"Venus Group Exhibition"

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego

December 2018

"Found in the Underground II"

Tangent Gallery, Detroit 

November 2018 "Mixed Bag III" 

D-Surgence Studio, Detroit 

September 2018 "Perfect 10" 

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego 

March 2017 “Mixed Bag II,” 

D-Surgence Studio, Detroit

June 2016 “Annual Garden Party,” 

Detroit Artists Market, Detroit

October 2016 “21st Annual ArtWorks Detroit” 

Benefit for Matrix Human Services, Detroit 

Live Painting


February 2019 Desert Hearts

Magic Stick, Detroit 

November 2018 Buku

The Crofoot, Detroit 

June 2018 Electric Forest Festival

Rothbury, MI

March 2018 Autograf “Caution: Live” Tour

 Detroit/New York City

April 2017 Soul Clap “Official Movement Pre-Party”

Kalamazoo, MI 

Private Collections in:

Detroit, MI

San Diego, CA

Los Angeles, CA

New York City, NY

Chicago, IL

Las Vegas, NV 

Denver, CO

Austin, TX

Charlotte, NC