Sarah Daya is a contemporary, American artist born 1985 in Santa Barbara, CA. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. Daya received her undergraduate degree in Fine Art from California College of Art in San Francisco in 2011.

The surreal images she creates in her work are representations of her experience with the human condition. She interprets her emotions as characters in the female form, giving them life through classic use of portraiture and oil paint.

Growing up the only daughter of a single mother, Daya has been heavily influenced by the imaginary worlds that she created for herself as a child. Sarah spent much of her childhood in the solitude of nature where she discovered her fascination with her own body’s connection to the earth. Her work today reflects this deep interest. Sarah’s paintings are intimate portraits and short glimpses into a world within a world. She creates voyeuristic images that focus in on the shapes of the female form as they exist intimately with nature. She believes that women and nature are mysterious and evocative, and strives to portray the illusiveness of both. Daya uses oil paint to convey a depth and richness in her representations of the body and plants.

Sarah currently tattoos in Salt Lake City, Utah. To set an appointment to get tattooed please email sarahdaya@sarahdaya.com

Gallery Exhibits

  1. 2011 "ClusterFuck", California College of Art, San Francisco, CA

  2. 2011, "Sketchy Knights", Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa, CA

  3. 2014, "Feels ll", Oakland Terminal, Oakland, CA

  4. 2015, "Bad Bitches", Thee Parkside, San Francisco, CA

  5. 2015 "Wall 2 Wall," Layer Studios, Oakland, CA

  6. 2017 "Dirty Show," Tender Trap, Brooklyn, NY

  7. 2017 "Thinking of You," Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  8. 2017 "GoodMother Gallery Pop Up Shop," Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA

  9. 2018 "Pillow Fight," Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA



Sarah Daya

Sarah Daya

In Print

  1. Strangeways Magazine, May 2017

  2. Create! Magazine, July 2017