About the Artist
Born in Ukraine in 1981, Anna developed her unique brand of art through her schooling at the Academy of Arts in Odessa, Ukraine and the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, Canada. Via San Diego, Florence, and Vancouver, Anna eventually made her way to Austin, where she now lives and paints. Anna Ganina has drawn inspiration for her works of art from broad travels and her abundant life experiences as both a visitor and resident of many countries around the world. Through her paintings Anna goes beyond the obvious to uncover the symbolism within the human aspect of daily life. Her creativity and style come alive through her choices of imagery and materials. As a viewer of Anna’s images, one is transported to a world of fictional reality that exists in the recesses of the artist’s mind. Through her artwork, Anna challenges the observer to not only understand the scope of the actual image, but also submit to the feelings that the image provokes.
Painting for me is a philosophical process. I like to focus on and analyze a subject over several paintings. Each series consists of paintings which share a similar idea, a similar style, and a similar technique. I work with different mediums and materials, I play around with light, color and texture to create an interesting surface and to further explore my subject matter. Once I feel a subject has been fully explored, I move on to a different idea and begin working on a new series.