Anna’s work is both classical and modern, her romantic figurative works carry with them both tradition and originality. Her work captures the elegance and grace of the female form with both an air of simplicity and sophistication.
While Anna’s enchanting figures have an aura reminiscent of the Renaissance, and you can place them alongside old masters like Reubens and Rembrandt and draw similarities, the dynamic technique with which she paints, and the expressive freedom and sensuality of her work, creates something refreshingly modern, unique and beautiful.
Anna draws on her experiences and her joy and passion for life. Anna does not paint her models as such, her models provide the form, but her muse is life itself and the joy of living. Her figures are not so much realistic but impressionistic, their faces created through the experiences and features of many people that come together as an expression of femininity. In this way, her work becomes a beautiful imagination of the female form.
Anna’s subjects are self-assured; there is an air of confidence about the figure but also a sense of softness. This is created through her use of line and colour. Anna’s backgrounds are full of movement and the figure is part of this movement, the dress flowing into it, but there is a stillness in her gaze that sets her apart. Anna’s interlacing of quiet tones and bright colours create a juxtaposition of that peaceful calm state of the subject and the noise and flow of her surroundings. In this way, Anna’s work can be drawn into conversation with the work of Marc Chagall. There is a dreamlike quality in her work, her subjects are both present in the room with us but also lost in the moment, they are free. Her work captures a moment and the belief that we can do anything.
Anna’s love of music and the classical composers Bach, and Tchaikovsky also plays a great influence on her work. This is seen so clearly in these two pieces, the violin, and the saxophone, and looking across to Red Symphony the dance. Through her use of paint, light, and colour, Anna almost freezes music in time. Looking at this piece it is almost as if Anna has captured a moment of the dance. You can almost sense the sound of music echoing and anticipate the next movement flowing into life. There is a significance placed on the moment and the idea that we should live every moment in that moment. The past and the future are made irrelevant.
What is so evident in Anna’s work is a rejection of rules and limitations. There is newfound freedom in which the subject bursts open, a newfound confidence to shine. In her work, we find a powerful expression of creative energy, her mastery of materials, and the way she effortlessly blends them together combined with the emotion and passion with which she paints gives her imagery a feeling of spontaneity and vibrancy.
There is a freshness in Anna’s work, it is emotional, it is passionate, it is strong and vibrant but also soft and quiet. Anna’s genius can be seen in the way she captures the essence of femininity on canvas. She seamlessly combines her experiences, her personality, her very self with materials creating something entrancing, and completely unique. It is no wonder that she is an internationally renowned artist.
Anna is a graduate of the Russian State Academy Of Fine Arts (Rostov-on-Don) M.F.A., where she got the distinction award of high-class artists in 1991. Subsequently, she studied art in Germany, Belgium, and Holland. With solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Toronto, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Berlin and numerous works in private collections across the globe, she has become one of the most exciting and collectible artists on the contemporary scene.
Born at the height of the cold war, Anna has seen two very different worlds, that of the austere communist regime alongside the sophistication and femininity of her fashion-conscious mother. She excelled at art school, and enjoyed the freedom of learning and perfecting her technique in a variety of different media. She traveled around Europe absorbing the influences of artists, and finally settled in Canada which she now feels to be her real home.
...If you ask an artist what he/she was thinking of while creating his work, he would hardly give a reasonable answer to that question. This process cannot be analyzed. It is like a miracle.
You are just drawing, and that is all. Simply not thinking of anything definite. The moment you start thinking... and that's it- unnecessary stroke, unnecessary detail. God knows how it all happens. Pleasure, passion, joy here are characteristics of this process.