Asya Abdrahman

Regenerative Designer/Artist.

Regenerative design is a process-oriented systems theory based approach to design. The term "regenerative" describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature.




 I explore the meaning of restoration, generation, and regeneration through an experimental art making process. My productions, sculptures, paintings and writings spring from a lifelong experience with self-healing. This experience, present even in my earliest memories, has greatly influenced my creative endeavors. My work is a verbal and visual metaphor for rehabilitation and recovery. 




Asya Abdrahman is a San Francisco-based mixed media and installation 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, natural, found, and recycled resources.

In addition to exhibiting her art, Abdrahman was the founder of Pay It Forward (PIF) Gallery in Oakland,CA. She produced and curated exhibitions at the historic Red Victorian, Pro Arts Gallery and contributes art and writing to Women Eco Artists Dialog. Her work was featured at Museum of African Diaspora in the exhibition Where Is Here. Asya is currently a Village Artist resident at the Asian Arts Museum where she activates public spaces in San Francisco as a founding member for FAABI Life Art Group. She is also the founder of Silsila Foundation, co-founder of POST/11/9 The New Now [NOW] Collective Exhibition and AL(L)TER. 



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