Bio: Zoe began drawing as a teenager in southern Oregon. She developed her skills in drawing during her travels and forged a unique art education by pursuing opportunities to learn and work in alternative settings. She began painting at The Art Students League in New York City from 1998 – 2002. She worked primarily in oil. She continued to pursue her craft in her tiny studio in Brooklyn, NY. In 2005 she transitioned from working in oil to encaustic painting after attending a workshop at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
The transition from oil to beeswax required more space to breathe. The natural inclination for expansion and a shift in perspective brought her full circle back to the west coast after twelve years in New York City. She has immersed herself in her new surroundings working out of a bigger studio located at “the Farm” in San Francisco.
Zoe completed her first Artist in Residence program in northern California in 2008. She was included in a National Juried Exhibition “Working in Wax” at the Bedford Gallery-Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek California. Zoe participated in a group show entitled “deerBLNproject” at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin Germany in March 2010.
Zoe Ani (a.k.a. Monica) currently calls the Mission District of San Francisco her home.