Anna Filmonova

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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