Biography 

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Agni Zotis, is a multi-media artist based in New York with a life long focus on painting, including performance art, video, sound, light installation and new technology.

She is a yogi and founder of MAY Kids Transform, an organization serving youth and educators. 

Both paths in art and meditation are deeply intertwined for the past 3 decades as she explores the subject of individuality within universal consciousness. 

Studied Fine Arts at Hunter College and apprenticed with two monks, a Byzantine and a Buddhist, learning ancient techniques of painting and application. She travelled extensively and explored many different cultures, religions and rituals that have informed her knowledge of interconnectivity and oneness. 

Agni has been the director of multiple art spaces in New York City including hosting the avant-garde at AGNI Gallery in the Eat Village and Agnosian in Chelsea.

She has been the subject in 2 documentaries and exhibits in New York City and internationally.  Her paintings are in private collections globally. 

-Documentaries:

-Life Without Compromise by Susan Al-Doghachi premiere 2010 Anthology Film Archives

-Art In the City by Ben Van Bergen 2014 Amazon Prime

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

-Step Into the Light, Pop Up, Chelsea June 2018 

-Be Nice, Project 301, Chelsea March 2015

-Occupy, Heliopolis, Greenpoint Brooklyn NY Oct 2011

-Phoenix Raising, collaboration Grammy winner Christian McBride on bass,  Agni Gallery, NYC June 2009

Selected Group Exhibitions:

-Light Year "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil"  Brooklyn Bridge Dumbo, curator John Ensor Parker, Nov, 2020

-The Fourth Stage, Abstract Theory and the Silver Lining of Allegorical Necessity, IFAC, LES, NYC, 2018 

-The Rent is Too Damn High, Albear/Zamudio, NYC, Oct 2017

-Super Stars, The Black Sheep, Milano, Italy, March 2017

-Mykonos Biennale, July 2015

-Mykonos Biennale & Vanessa Quang Gallery, Paris, June 2014

-Family Affairs, IFAC, NYC, March 2014

-Separation Anxiety, Wallplay, NYC, March 2014 

-Crisis and Paganism, Mykonos Biennale, Greece, June 2013

-Low Lives, The Vault, SPACES, NYC, June-July 2013

-Feed Your Food, Ingenuity Fest Cleveland, Sept 2012

-Blk Xmas, Michael Lyons Gallery, NYC Oct 2011

-The Beatles Complete On Ukulele, Haunch of Venison, NYC Mar 2011

-Divine Influence, Past and Present, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NYC  Nov 2010

-The Facebook Show, The Detroit Museum of New Art, Michigan Oct 2010

-Low Lives 2, EL Museo del Barrio, NYC,  Aljira A Center for Contemporary Art, Fusebox, Galeria de la Raza, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Obsidian Arts, the temporary space, Co-Lab, Terminal (APSU), Studio 304, Artists Television Access (ATA)  Apr 2010

-X Initiative, Dia Chelsea, NYC Feb 2010

-Million $, Pittsburg Cultural Trust Gallery, P.A.  June 2009

-Alchemy, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC Feb 2009

-LES Arts Festival, Theater For The New City Gallery, NYC  July 2008

-Sacred Ways, Tria Gallery, NYC  June 2007

-Essence of Asia, Asian Cultural Center, NYC Apr 2007

-Confluence, Musee de Monoian/ Society for Cultural Exchange, Pittsburgh PA Oct 2006

-Windows Project, East Hampton Ma Sept 2006

-ArtsAid, Bangalore and Delhi,  India April 2006

 

Art Fairs:

-Separation Anxiety II, Wallplay, Cutlog, NYC May 2014 

-Flush, Creamhotel, Fountain, Miami Dec 2012, and NYC 2013

-Dual, Pool Art Fair, NYC  Mar 2011

-Cultural Revolution, Scope, Miami  Dec 2010

-LES Artists Do Miami, Scope, Miami Dec 2007

 

-Director of Agni Gallery, East Village 2004-2009 

Selected Curated Exhibitions: 

-Simplicity is Complex, Agni Gallery 2009

-Aliens and Zombies, Agni Gallery, NYC  Oct 2008

-GODdess, Agni Gallery, NYC June 2008

-Headless Pig, Agni Gallery, NYC, April 2007

-PUNK MONK, Agni Gallery, NYC, Sept 2007

-Dreams and Fairy Tales, Agni Gallery, NYC Oct 2006

-Words and Vibrations, Agni Gallery, NYC June 2006

-Rated R for RANDOM, Agni Gallery, NYC Sept 2005

 

Grants: 

-Artist Relief 2020

-Emergency Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Grant 2007

-Artists Fellowship Grant 2008

-Puffin Foundation 2007

 

Residencies:

-ArtsAid,  Storytelling through Art, Bangalore and Delhi India 2007

-Musee de Monoian, Hoonah Alaska 2008

 

Teaching:

-MAY Kids Transform, 2012-present.

-Community Painting to youth, Agni Gallery 2004-09

-Ceramics Westside, Co-Op YMCA 2001-2003