Katya Neptune is a Filipina diasporan (b.1976 Angeles City, Philippines) based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She works as an interdisciplinary artist with a socially engaged practice. Her work dives into the complexities of mental health where Neptune uses personal and intimate visual narratives to relay her struggle and healing in hopes of normalizing conversations around this topic and de-stigmatizing mental illness. Through a range of mixed media sculpture, abstract mapping, photography, painting, digital art, and installation, Neptune offers new perspectives on what it means to live with a mental health condition. At the heart of her practice is a commitment to authenticity and vulnerability to serve as an advocate for others.
In addition to her practice, she founded ArtHeart in 2009; a non-profit organization that empowers artists of all levels to inspire healthful and imaginative growth in her community. As the Creative Director and Chief Curator, Neptune has curated numerous exhibits across South Florida featuring emerging and established global artists. ArtHeart also serves as a fundraising mechanism for orphans in Rwanda, Africa by partnering with We Are Zoe, a non-profit organization that strives to break the cycle of poverty through education initiatives for orphaned children.
She is currently pursuing her BA at Florida Atlantic University and has exhibited her work in various public spaces including the Coral Springs Museum of Art, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Hatch 1121 Gallery, Arts United, Ali Cultural Arts, 1310 Gallery, and Miami Independent Thinkers during Art Basel. She has also been featured in various periodicals such as the Sun Sentinel, Broward Palm Beach New Times, Pelican Newspaper, Pompano Beach Magazine, RiverWalk Fort Lauderdale, and Voyage Miami.