About Anna.

Artist Statement

I strive to make people smile with my artwork. Whether it is of one of my stylized characters in a humorous scene, or if it is a more contemplative, emotive piece, my art has a playful, whimsical, and unique illustrative feel.

 

As an ambivert, I toggle between introvert and extrovert modes. As such, I have always paid close attention to people’s emotional reactions, even subtle facial cues, and how they navigate the world’s social complexities. By creating more approachable art, I hope that viewers feel comfortable to reflect on the emotional self; or to simply enjoy a moment of amusement.

 

I am privileged to have had two grandfathers who were both very talented architects and artists. Despite their different artistic styles and cultural backgrounds, they were both enormous influences on me. I am also deeply inspired by artists Edward Gorey, Carlo Crivelli, and Jean-Michel Basquiat whom all captured people with exaggerated, unique, stylized art styles.

 

I love to create eye-catching images that range from friendly to moody, bright to ominous, and introspective to quirky. My intention is to normalize emotional awareness and internal reflection, and to brighten the world just a tiny bit in the process.

Artist Bio

Anna Nazaretz Radjou 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 the American School in London, Anna was encouraged by her art teacher to apply to art schools for college. As art had always been a constant in her life, she was excited to grow as an artist, and to have the possibility of pursuing a creative career path. While attending the Maryland Institute College of Art, Anna’s selection of Illustration as her major allowed her to take elective courses such as fiber art, sculpture, or printmaking. She quickly discovered that combining various mediums allowed her limitless creative possibilities for each project. After graduating with a BFA, Cum Laude, Anna threw herself into creating art for art shows, commissions, and her own personal enjoyment. During this time, she increasingly collaborated with a former colleague, and their successful work together grew into the creation of their own agency, j.a. creative. As the creative director and primary graphic designer, Anna has helped j.a. creative grow into an award-winning marketing and graphic design agency that provides services to international non-profits, locally owned businesses, and national associations. With the agency soon celebrating its 15th anniversary, Anna is excited to renew her efforts and endeavors working on her art. 

 

Anna lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two sons. She is represented by Gallery Underground and is a member of the Arlington Artists Alliance. Anna is also a 2022 Artist Pro Tem at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

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Awards.

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2009 - present

Graphic Design Awards for j.a. creative

Hermes Creative Awards

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

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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

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