Asya Abdrahman is an Oakland and San Francisco artist/curator, world builder and multi-disciplinary artist who considers the intersection of cultural identity, human rights and the environment in her work. Of Somali, Eritrean, and Ethiopian heritages, she fled her East African homeland during a time of regional wars. Abdrahman’s work promotes cultural and ecological survival, advanced through her use of human, technological, natural, found, and recycled resources.
In addition to exhibiting her art, Abdrahman is the founder of Kindness Grocery Coop, Sun Village Artisan Corner, Wisdom’s Exchange, POST11NINE, Pay It Forward (PIF) Cafe in collaboration with The Exploratorium and SF Coffee Cruiser. Abdrahman produces and curates exhibitions at Pro Arts Gallery and Alena Museum. Her work was featured at Museum of African Diaspora in 2016. In 2019/2020 her artwork was featured at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery (Oakland, CA), Marin County Civic Center((San Rafael, CA) , Five Myles Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Gallerie Renee Marie (Benicia, CA). She is an XIR (Explorer In Residence) New Energy Nexus where she offers clean energy and zero-waste micro-business classes at a local mobile urban art and economic project, Beyond Return, to overcome the barriers to food security and clean energy in underserved communities.