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Sophia is a figurative artist and musician who addresses her religious beliefs and contradictions with vibrant narratives and introspective curiosity. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Kayafas currently teaches drawing at Pratt University’s Foundation Department. She dedicates her time to many creative projects while maintaining a robust studio practice. 



2016             Masters of Fine Arts:  Painting 

                     New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

2014             Bachelor of Science: Fine Art and Public Relations

                     West Liberty University, Wheeling, WV



Group Exhibitions


2023             Petit  Et  Intime ,  Edifice  Belgo, Quebec, Canada

                     Love  Never Breaks ,  Blend,   Brooklyn , NY

2022             Roots and Wings, Annunciation Church, NY

2021             Animal Instincts, Steven  Z evi ta s Gallery, Boston, MA

2020             YOUNGBLOOD, Space Gallery St Barth, NY   

                     Pratt Faculty Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

2019             Please Step on the Grass, Anastasyia Tarasenko Studio s, NY

2018            Summer Exhibition 2018 , Flowers Gallery, NY

2017           Fellows Exhibition, Wilkinson Gallery, NY

                    About Face, South Hamptons Art Center, NY

                   Single Fare 4,  High line Stages, NY

                   Chubb Miami,  FL


2016            Ladies Christian Union Exhibition, NY 

                    Summer Exhibition 2016, Flowers Gallery, NY

                    Funny Stuff, New York Academy of Art, NY

2015            China Residency Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, NY

                    New Ovington Village, Bay Ridge Art Space, Brooklyn,                                               

                    798 District Exhibition, Joy Arts Gallery, Beijing, China

                    Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art

                     Large Drawings Show, New York Academy of Art, NY

                    Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, NY

                     Juried Exhibition for Allied Artists of West Virginia, WV

2012            Crosscurrents Exhibition, Stifle Fine Arts, WV




2016                       Certainly Uncertain

                               Kirby Gallery, Wheeling Jesuit   University, WV

2013                        People, Places, and Things, 

                                ArtsLink Inc. Gallery, New Martinsville, WVA

                                Self Portrait, Wheeling Artisan Center, Wheeling WV, 

2012                         Progression, Shaw Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA 



Awards    and




2019 - 24                     Chashama  Studios   Residency Program,

                                     Brooklyn Army Terminal, NY

2018                             Residency Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo,

                                     Altos de Chevon, La Romana


2017 - 16                     PGTA Award Recipient for Teaching,  NYAA


2017 - 16                     Third Year Chubb Fellowship Award,

                                    New York Academy of Art


2015                           China Residency, Central Academy of Fine Arts,

                                   Beijing, China


2014                           Studio Incamminati, Philidelphia, PA

Arts Media / Entertainment



2020                         Co-Host of North Brooklyn Artists, 

                                  Documentary TV series,  Cyprian Films (Emmy Awarded) 


2018 -22                     Co-host, editor, producer  for the Art Grind Podcast

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