Brooklyn, New York
Olive Ayhens is an artist based in New York City. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the US and internationally. Ayhens has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant. She has completed residencies at Ucross, the Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, MacDowell Colony, Fundacion Valparaiso, the Salzburg Kunsterhaus, Yaddo Artist Residency, Djerassi Artist Residency, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Roswell Artist Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, and at Schwandorf International, Bavaria. She received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2023
Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2012
Color is my first language. My painting frequently evolves from a special sense of place, and transformation of environments in my own quirky ways. Sometimes a political/ecological subtext, but always the love of the paint itself. I am constantly renewed visually by everything around me, a feeling of the uniqueness of each environment in which I find myself.”