About the Artist

Biography

Sya is a self-taught artist from Detroit, MI. 


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 nothingness, interacting with negative space in a manner of support and wholeness... she found a new love.

Upcoming Shows

December 14th

Found in the Underground II

Tangent Gallery, Detroit 


March 9th 

Venus Group Exhibition

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego




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

Past Shows & Live Painting

November 2018 "Mixed Bag III"
D-Surgence Studio, Detroit 


November 2018 Buku - Live Painter

The Crofoot, Detroit 


September 2018 "Perfect 10" 

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego 


June 2018 Electric Forest Festival

Rothbury, MI


March 2018 Autograf “Caution: Live” Tour

 Detroit/New York City


March 2017 “Mixed Bag II,” 

D-Surgence Studio, Detroit


April 2017 Soul Clap “Official Movement Pre-Party”

Kalamazoo, MI 


June 2016 “Annual Garden Party,” 

Detroit Artists Market, Detroit


October 2016 “21st Annual ArtWorks Detroit” 

Benefit for Matrix Human Services, Detroit