Agni Zotis is a multimedia artist, focused in series of paintings, and includes video, sound, performance art, and light installation as part of the narrative for a sensorial experience based on concepts of individuality within universal consciousness. Everything in consciousness is vibrating energy in process of transformation. There are similar patterns occur in molecular structure, nature and outer space, reflecting the relationship of the microcosm to the macrocosm.
Grew up in Astoria, Queens, NYC to Greek parents.
Studied Fine Arts at Hunter College, with Roy DeCarava photograph and Vincent Longo etching. After college, apprenticed to a Serbian monk in a church in Queens, learning the ancient techniques of egg tempera and fresco painting in Byzantine iconography, inspired techniques to this day, using pigments and layering but modernize tradition.
Mid 20’s embarked on a journey “Walking the Earth” through Europe, Israel, Sinai, Egypt, India, Nepal, witnessing rituals, cultures and religions. Studied with a buddhist monk Pokhara, Nepal. After 3 years, returned to NYC with an extensive knowledge in meditation and in different people, tribes, history and their interconnectivity to each other.
Interested in participating in defining the NYC art world, Agni Gallery in the East Village hosted the avant-garde for local and international artists. Currently moved the gallery in Chelsea NYC.
Deep in yogic discipline since the early 90’s, and a certified yoga/meditation teacher, the series of work examine quantum physics, altered reality, physical metaphysical states.
In 2013 started a wellness curriculum for youth and educators inspired by her son.
The current body of work is immersed in neuroscience and epigenetics, painted outdoors in Chelsea NYC the series is called “The Grid”
-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:
-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
-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
-Emergency Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Grant 2007
-Artists Fellowship Grant 2008
-Puffin Foundation 2007
-ArtsAid, Storytelling through Art, Bangalore and Delhi India 2007
-Musee de Monoian, Hoonah Alaska 2008
-MAY Kids Transform, 2013-present, 503c01 providing applicable tools to youth, through mindfulness, art, yoga.
-Community Painting to youth, Agni Gallery 2004-09
-Ceramics Preschool Westside, Co-Op YMCA 2001-2003