Artist's Statement

All of my artwork reflects a lifelong interest in landscape and architecture. For a very long time I have been working in black and white for several reasons. First because I like the full arc of contrast that I get with it. Second, I see a multitude of implied color in the work and each artwork asks the viewer’s full participation to imagine the colors they see in their own mind. Third, I love the dense black pigment that feels to me like the soil or the earth itself.

Biography and Curriculum Vitae

Archana Horsting received a B.A. with honors from U.C. Santa Cruz, studied art history at the University of Padova, Italy, as well as art practice at L'Academia di Belle Arti di Venezia before working for the Italian sculptor Carlo Schiavon. She pursued independent post-graduate study with Krishna Reddy and Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. She later studied with Akira Kurasaki from Japan, and Sandro Martini from Italy. She co-founded Kala Art Institute, and remained its executive director for 48 years. 

Archana has served as a visiting artist at U.C. Santa Cruz and Mills College, a site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts, and as a panelist for the California Arts Council. Her artwork has been exhibited and collected throughout the U.S. and internationally. She was awarded the Arts Leadership Award from Alameda County in 2012 for Kala Art Institute, and the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Award from the Berkeley Community Fund in 2015. 


Documentary by Jules Tippet, for the Wheeler Award: