Anna is a graduate of the Russian State University For Arts, where she was awarded the distinction of high-class artist 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 collectable artists on the contemporaryscene. A fabulous hardback fine art book, ‘Anna Razumovskaya, Romantic Realist’ is now available telling the fascinating story of Anna’s life and examining her dazzling artwork.
Anna’s creative process originates with the model. Although she has worked with many different models over the years she has three favourites, each of whom is possessed of great individual style and grace, as well as confidence and character. She prefers to do a personal photo shoot with a life model as well as working on a series of sketches, and she then composes a set of paintings using elements of the portfolio she has produced. She will take about 300 pictures in a single session, from which she may create five or six finished works.
While the stance and alignment of the figure is key to the appearance of any given work, the style of dress and drape of the fabric isequally important to Anna. Looking at the works of the old masters, it is so often the extraordinary detail and rich colours of the clothing that make the viewer gasp in admiration, and this is also true of Anna’s work. In her case though, this is due not only to her artistic heritage, as fashion was her early love, and still has a profound influence on her work. “I always wanted to be a clothing designer, to create beauty through clothes, but this lead me to the canvas where it is possible to both create and capture the beauty and texture of fabric on the human body.”
Anna uses a wide range of media when working on a painting; oil, acrylic, or watercolour applied with a brush or palette knife, and on occasion pencil or charcoal. She occasionally uses actual fabric, either in the painting itself, or by painting directly on to a piece of stretched silk. She does paint on a variety of surfaces too, canvas, paper and even wood finding their way onto her easel.