Award winning Ukrainian/New Zealand artist Filimonova seeks to communicate her distinct outsider interpretation of the world, painting visions of the real and unreal for us.
She perceives the world both as it is, with a particular love of the New Zealand landscape, and as it might be: colourful surreal worlds, shapes, and abstract images. Her interweaving of natural and fantastical imagery seeks to challenge us and to tell stories about ourselves and our environment.
Anna offers insight into how we understand and perceive our reality, looking through the doors and windows of our preconceptions. One narrative she particularly illustrates is how natural scenes become views; emphasising the conceit within our attempt to possess what we see.
From the Artist
I was born in the Ukrainian town of Uzhgorod , which sits adjacent to Slovakia. I’ve been told that I was drawing before I could walk, and surprising adults with my skill. When I was fifteen years old, I have entered the College of Adabert Erdeli, a high school specialising in art education, and where I developed much of my technical skill. At the age of eighteen I left school, married and moved to Auckland, New Zealand and a year later gave a birth to my daughter Polina. In 2013 I have enrolled part-time Psychology study in Massey University. From the late 2016 I began to exhibit and to work professionally as a visual artist in New Zealand.
Hibiscus & Bays Art Awards 2017
Gallery I – Oscillation with Observer: Premier Award Winner
Edinburgh Realty Premier Art Awards 2018
Even Birds Dream in the Moonlight – Motukiekie: Edinburgh Award Winner
2018 MRI National Youth Art Awards
Hope Shines… but dimly: Peoples Choice Award
2018 Franklin Arts Festival
Transitions II – Mt Maunganui: 1st Place (Painting – Acrylic Category
17th Rotary Art Awards, October 2019 – Kapiti Art Show – Highly Commended Award Winner
Multicultural Connection Art Show, The Art Lounge NZ, Tauranga, October 2019
Greater Auckland Art Awards, October 2019
Tasman National Art Awards, October 2019
Artshowcase, September 2019
Framklin Art Festival, September 2019
Edinburgh Realty Premier Art Awards, August 2019 – Finalist.
2019 Riversdale Arts 46th Annual Exhibition, July 2019 – Finalist.
2019 Royal Easter Show Auckland
Weighing the Expanse: 1st Place (Surreal Category)
2018 Royal Easter Show Auckland
Face Oscillation I – Magenta: Merit Award (Abstract Category)
2017 Royal Easter Show Auckland
Suspended Oscillation: 1st Place (New Artist Category)
Absence and Presence: Merit Award (New Artist Category)
24th Great Summer Art Exhibition 2017, Opportunities VII – Lindis Kea: Merit Award (Professional Category)
Kumeu Art Awards 2017
Opportunities IV – Kea over Mt John Tekapo: Peoples Choice Award
Edinburgh Realty Premier Art Awards 2019
from my visions, from my light, from my memories: Finalist
Cleveland National Art Awards 2019
Nowhere but Here: Finalist
Weighing the Expanse:Finalist
Craigs Aspiring Art Prize 2019
Only Emptiness and Silence: Finalist
Impressions National Art Awards 2018
The Straight Way was Lost – Punakaiki: Finalist
Kumeu Art Awards 2018
The Puzzle of Nature – Waiheke: Finalist
Lost Opportunity – Roys Peak: Finalist
Craigs Aspiring Art Prize 2018
Is this Freedom? – Tekapo: Finalist
2018 Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards
Only Son – Wharariki Beach: Finalist
Impressions National Art Awards 2017
Opportunities I – Oscillation: Finalist
Opportunities II – Matakana with Buzzy Bee: Finalist
Face Oscillation I – Magenta: Finalist
2018 ILT Art Awards
Only Son – Wharariki Beach: Finalist
2017 MRI National Youth Art Awards
Suspended Oscillation: Finalist
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