Contemporary artist Annya Sand is showcasing her collection 'Abstract Thinking' with a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Uzbekistan in Tashkent. The exhibition will open on 5-6 October and run for two weeks. Most of the paintings are being lent by private individuals, this includes more than 7 different lenders from 5 countries. Annya Sand is widely regarded as one of the most aspiring young contemporary abstract artists and she has drawn critical acclaim from some of the most iconic art critics and international press in recent history.
"London based Annya Sand is an exiciting artist whose work is crossing divisions and taking the art world by storm" -Art of England Magazine, April 2011
Sponsored by the The Fund Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan, the exhibition provides a journey through Annya Sand's world of abstract painting, where her ideas and expressions are entirely open for you to interpret and explore through your imagination.
"This collection of 17 works are inspired by a story of events or images that has influenced my view and perception of life. I hope that my abstract way of expressing my inspirations will allow you to relate to my art and enhance your own ideas and experiences in life."- Annya Sand
Annya's first trip to Uzbekistan also has an exploratory purpose. Prior to opening the exhbition, she will travel to the historic city of Samarkand to observe the traditional architecture and unique mosaic tiles. This will help provide the research and inspiration for her next collection dedicated to Central Asia. This trip has a very personal meaning to her as a native of neighboring Kazakhstan.
Today Annya lives and works in London. " I love traveling the world, but London inspires me like no other city, however I am very happy to be born in Kazakhstan. These two very different cultures, Europe and Central Asia contribute so much into my development as an artist and as a person." She is one of the most prominent young artists to have emerged from Central Asia. Sand’s abstract painting is notable for its influence from the impressionism movement. Her works are included in many private collections around the world.
Annya Sand first came to public attention while working as a Co-Director of the Russian, Eastern and Oriental Art Fair in London in 2010. During the art fair Annya sold her own works to raise money for the Children's Burns Trust. With the support of the leading British art critic, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Annya launched the 'Annya Sand Art Prize' to support emerging artists from former Soviet Republics and help them to break into the Western art world.
Annya Sand is represented in the UK by Tanya Baxter Contemporary at The Kings Road Gallery, Chelsea, London and in Dubai by the Alif Art Gallery.
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Annya Sand has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Masterpiece London where her work exhibited alongside Sir Peter Blake, Banksy and Tracey Emin in 2012; Art Monaco in 2012; 20/21 International Art Fair, London in 2012; Tashkent Biennial in 2011; Art London and The Lapada Art & Antiques Fair, represented by King's Road Gallery, London in 2011; The Russian, Eastern & Oriental Fine Art Fair, Park Lane Hotel, Mayfair, London in 2010. She was recently selected by the Minister of Culture of the Kyrgyzstan Republic to exhibit her paintings at the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts and in Kazakhstan at the National Museum of Kazakhstan in the Kasteev State Museum of Arts. In addition to exhibiting her work, Annya donates her paintings for various charity auctions including: Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Children's Burns Trust, Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation and The Mayors Fund for London.