Born in Spain, Amaya formally began studying art at the age of 16 in the School of Arts of Pamplona. After graduating in 1994 she began studying under the Spanish painter Mikel Esparza and was encouraged to move to New York City in 1999 to broaden her studies in figure painting and drawing. Over the next ten years in New York Amaya studied under the tutelage of various prominent painters at The Art Students League, The National Academy of Design and The Grand Central Academy. Throughout her education she was awarded several scholarships including the Evelyn Chard Kelley Memorial Scholarship for women painters by Pen and Brush, the Three Year Certificate Travel Scholarship and Newington-Cropsey Award from the National Academy to study the Italian masters in Italy, as well as being selected as a Hudson River Fellow by The Grand Central Academy for two consecutive years. Her work has exhibited internationally. Her paintings and drawings have been featured in American Artist Magazine, Fine Artist Connoisseur, American Painting Video Magazine and Juliette Aristides book ‘Lessons in Classical Drawing’. In 2013 Amaya was chosen as one of American Artist Magazine’s ’25 Artists of Tomorrow’ in their 75 Greatest Artists of All Time issue.