Zoya Scholis

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About the Artist

Zoya Scholis grew-up in Monterey, CA. After graduating with a BA in Studio Arts from CSUEB in 1993, she taught elementary school for 15 years. Since 2007 she has become a full-time artist, Painting and leading Art for Personal Growth Workshops in the Palo Alto, San Francisco and Redwood City. Her Post Grad education includes Still Life Painting with Don Feasel at San Jose Sate University and Advanced Painting with Katie Hawkinson at Stanford University.

Zoya Scholis is an process painter whose work features natural forms such as birds, leaves, and figures sometimes interrupted by grids. She often starts with random marks or patterns later defined by lines and many layers of color and texture. Among her many influences are Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series, the drawings of Picasso, and of course, Matisse. For Scholis, art making is an exploration of the psyche and a experiment with the Divine.