Zoya and her painting


Zoya Scholis' father was a painter and like most children she loved to draw. In 2nd grade she won a set of oil pastels in a school competition and can still remember dancing all the way home with her rainbow in a box. Scholis studied Painting and Art History under Mel Ramos, Enrique Chagoya and Dr. Mark Levy graduating with honors in 1993. In 2005 Scholis started leading Art for Personal Growth workshops through orgainizations such as Men and Women as Allies, Frinds of CG Jung and Monterey Adult School. Currently she holds Art for Personal Growth workshops from her home studio, (www.artforpersonalgrowth.com) through Sunnyvale Adult (https://ace.fuhsd.org/) and Palo Alto Art Center (http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/). She is grateful to be working toward her vision of community by facilitating connection and meaning through art.


Zoya Scholis is an abstract painter. Her work reflects years of experimentation with various mixed media processes that are now integral to her style. With philosophical inquiry as her underlying motivation, Scholis manipulates the grided surface to introduce elements of randomness. While watching the colors and rhythms evolve, she enters into a dialogue with the painting, allowing it to lead. Images and colors become metaphors, the process of painting, a metaphor for transformation. Evident in her art is an exploration of the psyche and the influence of great 20th and 21st century abstractionists such as Diebenkorn and Albers along with some of the playfulness of Klee in her works on paper.


2013 Interview for “Lets Look at Art” by docent San Jose Museum of Art, Karen Lantz
2012 Interview for Aritists of California Blog by Christienne Blodget
2011 Interview http://sanjosecreatives.blogspot.com/ by Shannon Amidon
San Jose Creatives


2010 Introduction to Grid series in oils, Stone Griffin Gallery, Campbell, CA
2009 Talk Art with Susan Kraft, TV Interview, Palo Alto, CA
2008 American Art, 1945, Cupertino, CA lectures
2007 Dreaming: Art and Insights, Friends of CG Jung, Monterey, CA
2001 Letting Art Affect Us Deeply, Sunset Center, Carmel, CA


2014 Ink with Brush & Pen, Palo Alto , CA
2014 Tape & Spray Watercolor, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2014 Active Imgaination, Friends of C.G.Jung,Montereyo, CA
2013 Watercolor Pen & Ink Sunnyvale, CA
2012 Mixed Media, Pacific Grove, CA
2011 Miniature and 3-D Collage, Sunnyvale, CA
2009 Symbolic Still Life in Acrylics, Cupertino, CA

What Critics Are Saying

“(Her work) has a pulse and freshness in the mark-making as well as controlled depth in layering...everything works together beautifully.” -George Rivera, Art critic and Curator, Triton Museum, Santa Clara CA.

“The paintings hang between realism and abstraction. I was intrigued ... It is filled with subtle incidents, which hold my attention-an imaginative watercolor treatment”- Christopher Schink, Artist/Editor Palette Magazine

“Scholis' oil painting is beautiful, very beautiful...”_ Lawrence Ferlinghetti Poet, San Francisco, CA.


Yelp Reviews

Art for Personal Growth Workshops: http://www.yelp.com/biz/art-for-personal-growth-workshops-san-jose


2012 Acrylic Painting, with K. Hawkinson, Stanford University continuing edu.
2007 Oil Painting, with D. Feasel, San Jose State University
1996 CA Teaching Credential, Chapman University
1993 BA, Studio Arts, CSU, East Bay