Artist Statement & Bio

Artist Statement

Experiential history is the context from which I come; it's an unavoidable formative influence.  From this history I work with my desire to elucidate connections between humans, personally and socially.  I think about the position and status of women in society, viewpoints of gender, race relations, and our human ability to change for the better.  

I base my work on these issues through historical and personal experience wherein I notice the effects our perceived history has had on our psychology and actions today.  My goal is to make work which is simple yet complex, work which translates a feeling or understanding to the viewer.

It is important to me that people understand that although we have differences, we can all relate to and care about one another; I embrace the idea that someday we'll evolve beyond violence and hurting each other, and instead understand and see one another more clearly.


Anya Sophe Behn was born in Washington and has lived in California for more than 20 years. With a background in math, science, technology, and training in Renaissance realism techniques, she brings a unique skill set and perspective to artmaking.

Anya trained in classical realism techniques at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, recently finished her degree in Intermedia Arts at Mills College in Oakland, CA.  She works in various media, which results in sculptural forms, outdoor installations, wire, steel, video, and sound.  The elements of social connection, social commentary, and the ability of people to persevere through difficulty are common to each work.

Public showings of her work include: HackerMurmur at Hackermoms Berkeley,  2015, In 3-D: Selected Art by Pacific Rim Sculptors at Art Ark, San Jose 2014 (Donna Napper, Juror), Sculpture! Richmond Art Center 2014 (John Toki, Juror), created Art Deux with Mel.O at the Rockridge Library (Oakland 2012), participated in the Lennon Underground Art Expo in 2011. In the City College San Francisco's Annual Juried Student Show 2010, San Francisco's Open Studios in 2002, 2004, and 2010, Jack London Art Invitational in Winter 2003,  installations at Burning Man 2002, and Way of the Doll at the Nexxus Gallery in 2000, among others.  She has multiple works in private collections.

Anya lives and works in Berkeley, California.

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