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

She is known for her light sensitive paintings as they transform under varied light. She pioneered the concept of light as knowledge and the way it is used transforms what we perceive to be. Her work explores individuality within universal consciousness, as everything in existence is energy in potentiality.

There are similar patterns that occur in molecular structure, in nature and in the universe, reflecting the relationship of the microcosm to the macrocosm.  

Her abstraction is organized chaos, color and form capture time and space through movement of energy.

Her passion lives in the process of Know Thyself, and exploration of the self in reflection to the whole, philosophy, quantum physics, science, spirituality and transcending boundaries.

The esoteric quest started in childhood while on her own odyssey, spending time between Australia, New York and Greece.

As a young adult she immersed herself in art, theology, philosophy, history and cultures though global travels including Europe, Israel, Egypt, Middle East, Nepal and India, South America where she learned movements of ancient knowledge including the practice of Yoga and meditation.

The ancient world and techniques of mastery are inspirations for her modern work.  

She has been the director of artists spaces in NYC including AGNI GALLERY in the East Village and AGNOSIAN in Chelsea functioning as creative spaces for her work and others. 

Zotis lives and works in Chelsea NYC.

Her view is "life is art" and the ultimate master piece we all create. Her applicable tools include creative mindfulness, yoga, meditationnutrition, health & wellness and is certified in all.

She is passionate about being proactive about our youth and the future and created MAY Kids Transform a 501c3 foundation empowering youth and educators.



    Hunter College, NYC, 1988-1993

    Art Students League, NYC, 1993-1995

    Apprentice, Byzantine Iconography, Astoria NY, 1993

    Apprentice, Buddhist Mandala, Pokhara Nepal, 1996



  • Rauschenberg Emergency Grant, 2021

  • Artist Relief 2020

  • Emergency Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Grant 2007

  • Artists Fellowship Grant 2008

  • Puffin Foundation 2007


    Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • ILLUME, Aperture Building Chelsea, February 2023

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

  • Be Nice, Project 301, Chelsea March 2015

  • Occupy, Heliopolis, Greenpoint Brooklyn Oct 2011

  • Phoenix Raising, collaboration Grammy winner Christian McBride, Agni Gallery, East Village, June 2009

    Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • A/TYPICAL NOW, OPENING GALLERY, Tribeca, February 2023

  • THE BRAND NEW NEW YEAR SHOW, Not Another Gallery, David Craig Ellis, Williamsburg Brooklyn,  January 2023

  • 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:

  • Platforms Project, IFAC, Athens, Greece 2022

  • 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



  • Agnosian, Chelsea NYC 2020-present

  • 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



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

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



        Cycladic Arts, Paros Greece 2023

  • ArtsAid, Storytelling through Art, Bangalore and Delhi India 2006

  • Musee de Monoian, Hoonah Alaska 2009

  • Cycladic 


    Community Empowerment/ Teaching:

  • MAY Kids Transform, 2012-present, Founder and Director of youth and educators wellness curriculums 

  • Community Painting for youth, Agni Gallery 2004-09

  • Created Ceramics school for nursery Westside, Co-Op YMCA 2001-2003

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