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Anna Socha VanMatre


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b. 1952

Painting, Sculpture, Graphics

Anna Socha VanMatre was born in Poland and educated at the Krakow Art High School and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts where she received her Masters Degree. She has been credited with developing revolutionary techniques utilizing graphite on three-dimensional paper and creating monumental graphite paintings, many 10 to 20 feet high. Critics have described her works as “symphonies of blackness, gray and light” and a significant step in “liberating” the drawing idiom. At an exhibition at the Jerusalem Center for the Arts, her installation was praised as much more than a series of static drawings, but rather “a thing of theatrical character, an interaction between the stage and the audience.” From 1979-2005 she created cycles of black and white works entitled CLOUDY LANDSCAPE, TURBULENT TIMES, NO, HABITAT, SPACES, LIMITS, ABOVE and CITIES reflecting her focus on the relation between humanity and our environment. In 1996 she started a cycle of graphite paintings called HOPE IN BLUE which added color. In 1998 she exhibited 7-panel sequential works called Metamorphoses-Water and Metamorphoses-Fire and collage cycles called BEYOND THE EARTH CURTAINS. Then she presented in Berlin and New York City expansive installations called IN TIME IN BETWEEN-SMOKE-VOLCANO, containing large layered forms with intricate and dramatic shadow effects. Recently Ms. VanMatre has combined her most primary medium, drawing, with sculpture-like forms in LINES ABOVE and PRIMARY COLORS (a Zen-calligraphic approach with the spatial ambiguity of glass reflections), DENSITY ABOVE (rock formations from Sedona and New York’s Central Park), and OPEN (sculptural drawings-paintings uniting sea and sky).

Anna VanMatre’s works have been presented in exhibitions throughout Europe, Israel, Africa, and the U.S. They are held in the National Museum in Torun, Poland, the Krasinski Library in Warsaw, and in private collections in Poland, India, Sweden, Denmark, Morocco, Israel, and the U.S. She is the recipient of several prizes including the prestigious S. Wyspianski’s Memorial Award. Since 1997, she has resided in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Blue Yellow Red Sea from Open
Green Red Sea from Open
Purple Sea from Open
Sea 14 from Open

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