Ana Tzarev
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Described as a “dynamic and visionary painter” by art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, Ana Tzarev’s works engage viewers with their intricate textural surfaces and vibrant colours. Her “sculpted” paint surfaces rise off of large canvases and into the viewer’s space, involving them in Tzarev’s distinctive visual language. Tzarev’s collections titled Exposed and Life of Flowers showcase her unmistakable style, using exuberant, frenetic swaths of paint in her portraits of flowers. Her other collections, such as Dispossessed or Masterpiece Theatre, are inspired by decades of extensive travel, and the cultures, customs, and art Tzarev experienced.

Tzarev’s paintings have been featured in galleries, museums, and public spaces across Europe and Asia, including the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Russian Museum in St Petersburg, the National Museum in Rome, and the Today Art Museum in Beijing. Her sculptures have been installed in cities across the world, including London, Singapore, New York, and Venice during the 55th Biennale.

Entries by Ana Tzarev

Poppies for the Fallen: Art Reflects Upon Remembrance Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 4:19 PM

This Armistice Day marks the centenary of Britain's participation in the Great War, a moment which turned the tide of history for all nations. 11 November is a time of reverence and honour, a commemoration of the heroic souls who were willing to give up all for the...

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East and West Are Joined in a Celebration of 'Love & Peace'

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:18 PM

This past winter, the Today Art Museum in Beijing welcomed a brand-new solo show of my latest paintings and sculptures, called Wonderland. It was such an incredible experience: Wonderland was the largest exhibition of a European artist's work in the museum's history and by far the most remarkable...

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A Letter of the Spirit: Using Art to Let Love and Peace Resound

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:54 PM

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Ana Tzarev's Peace water lily, Beijing.

Since 2012, I have committed to an ambitious, challenging, and incredibly rewarding endeavor, the crux of my career as an artist: I wish to fill all corners of the world with flowers, making a...

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Bringing Meaning to My Work

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 11:41 AM

As an artist, I often am asked "why?" "Why paint; why sculpt?" "Why share your work with others?" "Why spend those hours alone, in front of a canvas?" "Why create anything at all?"

"Why?" It is a question that others always ask of us, and that, as artists, we continually...

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In 'Flowers From a Distance', Professor Peng Feng Delves Into the Globalisation of Art

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:04 PM

It is true of life that opportunities wait for us around every corner. The unexpected is what keeps our eyes open and our hearts full of vigor, what enables us to bear through difficulties and grow stronger from them. And when these opportunities find you, you must chase them swiftly...

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The Living Language of Flowers: Sunflowers

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 1:36 PM

International painter and sculptor Ana Tzarev presents a collection of posts delving into the cultural, social, and historical weight of flowers, the signature subject of her body of work.

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Detail from Ana Tzarev's Vincent's Smiling Sunflowers.

Among the world's countless varieties of...

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Flowers as Art History's Messengers of Meaning

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 10:01 AM

I express my emotions in flowers - roses for love, gardenias for fragility, snowdrops for courage, and cherry blossoms for the transience of life.

Among nature's countless gifts are flowers: in the simple grace of their petals, countless souls have been moved to create. But flowers speak of far more...

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Rebuilding the World on Foundations of Love and Peace

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 10:50 AM

This is the second installment in a 2-part post written in celebration of Remembrance Day. To view the first installment, click here.

For those of us who have known the heavy weight of war - whether we have witnessed its toll on a beloved veteran, lost a soul...

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For Every Poppy's Petal, A Story of Remembrance

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 8:13 PM

As October draws to a close and the air becomes crisp with the fullness of autumn, my memories draw me back to a familiar place. For thousands of men and women worldwide, November brings with it a day of great honour - one that has touched the hearts of so...

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Thoughts on the Venice Biennale

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 7:52 PM

"When Viewing Art, be ready to participate, to be moved and inspired by the uniqueness of the message as it pertains to you."

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The Venice Biennale has been the pinnacle of the art world since it was first held in 1895. Every two years,...

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Give the Arts an International Day of Honour

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:14 AM

Can art save the world and pave the way for peace?

Looking far into the history of man, it is apparent that the epochs of each civilization are marked by one common trait: a great flourishing of the arts.

In as many varied and beautiful forms as the mind...

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The Call for Peace Rings Out Worldwide

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Ana's Thought: "Artist, make all your life's work come to harvest time in total Love & Peace."

On 21 September, people across the world found reason to celebrate, united by common cause: The International Day of Peace. All nations of the Earth lit up with goodwill, hearts burning...

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Creativity as a Salve for the Mind and Heart

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Ana's Thought: "Good Art warms you on a cold, sad day and gives you company when you are lonely."

In this life, it is destined that even the most serene and inspired soul will be tested, as is the way of human existence - for without shadow, we cannot come...

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A Glimpse Into an Artist's Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Ana's Thought: "Millions find fulfillment in Art."

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Detail from Ana Tzarev's Early Sunrise.

Curious-hearted artists of this generation are really lucky. In the past, those who wished to receive guidance in their craft needed to travel to the great cities for art, in...

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Art Journalism Builds the Bridge Between the Creator and His Viewer

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Ana's Thought: "Art is an Inspired Communicator with Imagination - it conveys its message with surprise and delight to the viewer."

Art, like all things in life, is not produced within a vacuum. No matter how strong a creator's vision, there are factors that will influence the style, colour, and...

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Technology Brings Down the Walls Between Art and Audience

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 1:12 AM

Ana's Thought: "Artist, live and paint in the present each day, for that is all there is."

As years go by, I have learned to take pleasure in the simple joys offered by life. In recent times, I have found a new delight to brighten my days: technology's great power...

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Love Alive in Art: How My Garden of Love Grows

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Ana's Thought: "Artist, your hardest work is your greatest masterpiece."

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Ana Tzarev beside one of the Love & Peace sculptures in the production facility.

In my years as an artist, I have observed that nature is the finest craftsman. Her flowers shoot forth...

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Love Alive in Art: Between Form and Function, A Desire for Design

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 1:25 PM

Ana's Thought: "Artist, be brave! Go and make the most of what you do best!"

Every person you encounter has his or her own idea of what can be considered art. I personally believe that art exists everywhere - to uphold constraints is to deny yourself of...

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Love Alive in Art: Inspiration Takes Hold of the Artist's Slumbering Heart

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Ana's Thought: "To create is to give birth to your Dream."

Though the waking world is ripe with ideas waiting to be harvested, there are few places so sweetly laden with inspiration as our dreams. Such wonders spring forth to enchant our sleeping souls! The limits of the day slip...

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Love Alive in Art: Artists as the Body's Cartographers

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Ana's Thought: "Art that has beauty and energy can heal your body and your soul."

For centuries, healing and art have been intertwined, forces of energy that exist both within and beyond us. I have long held to the belief that the creation and enjoyment of art has...

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