I paint those moments in life that are a flash of experience that leave you a bigger person than you were before. For me this has been experienced through sensuality and spiritual awakening. I am a survivor of sexual abuse and rape in my youth. I lived many years as a celibate nun in a Hindu tradition, from which I went on to marriage, motherhood, and to study in-depth the Tantric arts of Eastern traditions. Now my journey has brought me from a place of deep trauma to a one of ecstasy and self-recognition. My art is a celebration of that spiritual journey of sexual freedom, psychological growth, and empowerment, and I paint as an invitation for others to join me in that joy. I dedicate my art to empower survivors of sexual assault and donate a percentage of each sale to the organizations PAVE, and Blossomy; two nonprofits who work with survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking. My mission is to use art as a tool of global change and feel I am an ambassador to inspire others to overcome their painful life experiences.
Kyra Coates has painted since her fingers were big enough to grip a paintbrush. She was trained throughout her youth and went on to study at the Corcoran School of Art and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She began showing her work professionally in 2001, then took a hiatus from the art world in 2005 to live as a nun and dive into humanitarian service. After three years of monastic life she continued her studies at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where she combined Religious Studies and Psychology to understand the Psychology of Enlightenment in various religious traditions around the world. Since returning to the art world professionally in 2014 she has been in multiple gallery shows, publications, juried exhibitions, has participated as a juror, and founded Infuse Gallery where she gives multiple artists and organizations the opportunity to use art as a tool for global change.
Kyra Coates' Gallery