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Cynthia Spillman is an American painter, actor and voice artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area.


She spent several years in Hawaii as a designer, farmer and radio DJ.

In 1990, both her home and studio were destroyed by the Kilauea Volcano lava flow.


Relocating to San Francisco, she began a career in Acting and Voiceover. It wasn’t until a later move to Los Angeles that Cynthia resumed painting and the visual arts.


She was invited to attend the distinguished Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture, a school centered in an idiosyncratic “free rein” approach and immersion into the study of several disciplines at once.

At the DAA, Spillman was able to pursue a way of working that unfolded from an energetic relationship to color and scribbly drawing skills, developing an ethos of directness and sincerity as paramount to artistic communication.


A fundamental thread is woven through her work and process- an instinctive mandate to express truth above all else.



b. 1959, Manhattan Beach, CA.



2022  Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Master Class Advanced Painting: Making and Dialogue, Aspen, Co.

2001  College of Design, Art and Architecture (DAA), Santa Monica, Ca.   

2000  UCLA, study in Paul Klee: Psychic Improvisations, Los Angeles, CA.

1998  Santa Monica College / Painting, Photography,  Santa Monica Ca.

1981  California State University, Chico / American Studies, Religious Studies


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 The Self/The Eye,  Monterey Museum of Art,  Currents Gallery, Monterey, Ca. 


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021  Magical Thinking, Ivy League Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2021  Zip Us Up, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI. (collaborative public art project)

2019  No Creative Boundaries,  Museum of Encaustic Art,  Santa Fe, NM

2019  Encaustic Art, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards, Santa Cruz CA.

2018  The Whole Ball of  Wax,  Felix Kulpa Gallery,  Santa Cruz, CA.

2018  The Year of the Dog,  Sebastopol Center of the Arts, Sebastopol, Ca.

2017  Hopeful Darkness,  Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY.

2000  Synopsis, Julie Rico Gallery, Venice, Ca.



2022  Develop Grant, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, CA.

2017  Develop Grant,  Arts Council Santa Cruz County, CA..



2016 Gentes residence fresco, Olive Grove Enfresco, Soquel, Ca.

2016 Shepherd-Smith residence, Nandi and Lupe, San Bruno, Ca.


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