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About Anna.

Artist Statement

 

My mixed media artworks are whimsical and unique, featuring stylized characters in contemplative scenes. They range from friendly to moody, bright to ominous, and introspective to quirky. By combining embroidery with painting and/or block printing on fabric, I work to create fine art pieces that have a contemporary eye-catching twist. I also incorporate elements inspired by folk patterns, symbols, and icons, from my mixed cultural background.

 

The process of creating my artwork is nearly as important as the initial concept or the completed piece. Working in a layered and detailed technique allows me to deeply explore and reflect on the concepts within my piece. I depict both introspective and outwardly-observational scenes that cover concepts of mental health, identity, emotions, or social mores. By striving to create bright, approachable art, I hope to also invite viewers to move in closer to my pieces, to reflect on the subject matter or to make a connection with their inner-self, as well as, to find a moment of peace while observing the details of the artwork.

Artist Bio

Anna Nazaretz Radjou is a mixed media artist based in Arlington, VA. Anna was born in Chicago, Illinois, raised in Northern Virginia and lived abroad (Munich, Germany, and London, England). Throughout her childhood, she was introduced to many different cultures through travel, folk festivals, and museums. With these experiences, Anna developed a fondness for observing others, often paying close attention to how people reacted to everyday moments.

While attending Maryland Institute College of Art, Anna took a wide array of specialty courses such as fiber art, sculpture, or printmaking and quickly discovered that she enjoyed combining several mediums into individual artworks. After graduating, Anna threw herself into creating art for art shows, commissions, and her own personal enjoyment. During this time, she co-founded the marketing and design agency, j.a. creative. As the creative director, Anna has helped it grow into an award-winning marketing and graphic design firm that provides services to international non-profits, locally owned businesses, and national associations. 

Presently, Anna is the gallery director of Gallery Underground, in Crystal City.

 

Gallery & Membership Affiliations

Represented by Gallery Underground; Arlington VA

Artist Pro Tem at the Torpedo Factory Art Center; Alexandria VA

Member, Arlington Artists Alliance; Arlington VA

Member, Torpedo Factory Artists Association; Alexandria VA

Studio Artist, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA

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Awards.

2024

Best in Show for Sway, May Flowers Show

Van Landingham Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center

 

2024

2nd Place for Sol Series, Love is in the Air Show

Van Landingham Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center

2009 - present

Graphic Design Awards for j.a. creative

Hermes Creative Awards

2019

I Voted Arlington County Sticker Design Contest 1st Runner Up Finalist

 

2005

Equal Merit Award

Art League

 

2004

Mid-Atlantic Region T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

Whole Foods Market

2002

Good Neighbor of the Year Award

Shelter House, Inc

1998

Performance Excellence Award

CIA

 

1995

Rhode Island School of Design Book Award

 

1995

International Programs Scholarship

Maryland Institute, College of Art

 

1995

Presidential Merit Scholarship

University of the Arts

Hand Drawn Open Book

Education 

1995 - 1999

Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA, Cum Laude

Baltimore, MD

1992 - 1995

American School in London 

London, UK

1991 - 1992

H-B Woodlawn 

Arlington, VA

Hand Drawn Six Standing Books
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