About Anna Maiko
In 1992, amidst the serene landscapes of a small town in eastern Ukraine, Anna began her journey as an artist. Fuelled by a passion for painting, she honed her skills at a local fine art school, where she delved into various painting techniques.
Her artistic journey led her across continents, from California's Foothill College to the Academy of Traditional Art in Kyiv. Along the way, Anna cultivated her unique style, capturing the essence of everyday beauty with every brushstroke.
As a professional, self-representing artist for over six years, Anna has forged connections with collectors worldwide, her paintings adorning private and public collections alike. Notably, her talent was recognized in 2020 when she was commissioned to create a significant floral artwork for the USAA Poppy Wall of Honor in Washington, US. Anna's work has graced the pages of esteemed publications, from Al-Tiba9 Contemporary Art, American Art Collector magazine to the bestseller "The Ultimate Guide to Channeling" by Amy Sikarskie.
In 2022, amidst the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Anna sought refuge in her art, relocating from Kyiv to Spain. Here, in her studio in Valencia, she found solace and sanctuary, creating paintings that serve as an oasis of tranquility in a chaotic world.
Behind The Work
During the last couple of years, my paintings have served as a personal sanctuary where I find solace and respite. They allow me to share the often-overlooked beauty of the everyday.
Inside my studio, I escape from the chaos and violence that has gripped the world. My artworks provide a means to channel kindness and craft beauty, offering a small space within the frenzy of our times.
These paintings convey not only my artistic vision but also the profound emotions that fuel my creative spirit.
My mission is to share these works with others, inviting them to join me in this journey of finding solace in art and discovering the hidden splendor in the ordinary. Through my paintings, I hope to inspire a sense of serenity and appreciation for the world around us and to remind people that even amidst chaos, beauty can be found and shared.
My work is a contemporary approach to the genre of painting floral subjects. While influenced by classic traditions, my paintings use the poetics of abstraction to elicit an emotional connection with the viewer. That connection may come through a number of sensations, from sadness and anxiety to pleasure and hopefulness. Each of these aspects of humanity resides in my work simultaneously.
I craft my paintings as layered compositions, carefully built up through a variety of media such as acrylic impasto strokes, oil bars, air sprays, and charcoal. Each element offers its own distinctive character to my work and that dynamism brings out all the nuances of my practice. Delicate and gestural charcoal linework provides the gentle, airy foundation of these paintings. The heavier brushwork in acrylic builds the emotional resolution in their thick, generous and painterly presence.
I consciously use a subdued color palette to explore an emotional depth not typical of floral painting. The muted tones suggest ambiguity, feelings of the unknown, or something unsettling that awaits beyond the light. That sensation allows for a counterpoint in the brighter accents that I introduce into my compositions. Moments of hope balance the painting, modulating between light and dark and creating the emotional landscape that defines my practice.
These contrasting elements build dimensions into my compositions - spaces to breathe and move. You will sense motion in them, in the weight of the flowers and the delicate motion of the petals echoing the motion of my hand creating them. You will be absorbed in a realm of transformation and transition. Just like the natural life cycles that guide our flora and fauna through metamorphosis, my paintings invite the viewer to embrace their offerings of lightness and darkness and grow into them.