The prolific, Croatian born artist/painter Ana Tzarev, once again delivers her gifts to the eyes and soul with two recent exhibitions: One took place in St. Petersburg, Russia at the State Russian Museum and the other is taking place at her gallery on 5th Avenue and 57th Street in mid-Manhattan. The New York exhibition reveals Hawaii in its native state, that being the raw beauty of the land and its people unadulterated by modern civilization; thus you will not see a current portrait of Waikiki Beach in her work.
Ana Tzarev’s Hawaii still exists today but one has to pay close attention and be emotionally attuned so that it may reveal itself to the travler on its paths. Ana Tzarev was able to bring out and capture the mystery and raw beauty that has drawn millions of visitors from around the world to its shores. The power of nature and her Gods, the native people, the folklore, customs, are all brought out in the most celebrated of ways using strong individualistic colors that help capture the majesty of the islands. The flora of the islands, the hula dace and windows of Hawaii’s history are all themes in the exhibition. One of Ana Tzarev’s great talents is to be able to bring out the very essence of a place in this case as though she were a native Hawaiian artisan. Ana Tzarev very consciously and deliberately tries to preserve the Hawaii she hopes will not be overtaken by a monoculture that is sweeping the globe. Preserving tradition and dignity of a people and place is always a main pillar in this artists work. If you follow Ana Tzarev’s artistry she always fights to retain the birth, the natural power of a place. The painter does not want the infant to instantly grow up and become a mindless, spoiled, intrusive adult, she wants the toddler to appreciate its surroundings, be mindful, and blend with the environment along the path to adulthood. Ana Tzarev wants the youth to constructively, consciously participate in the cycle that is life. The artist extensively studies the history of the place she paints and participates in its physical/spiritual manifestation. Some of the paintings in the Hawaii collection show glimpses into its history: such as Princess Ka’ialani (the last princess of Hawaii) meeting travler Robert Louis Stevenson (1890’s).
The Exhibition in St. Petersburg Russia, titled “The Life of Flowers” consists of fifty two paintings of flora from her travels around the world: including Africa, New Zealand, Hawaii and Southern Europe. This exhibition was also shown in London, Dubai and Vietnam. Once again “The Life of Flowers” delivers splendor to the senses to the point where you want to be surrounded by flowers (in this case Ana’s paintings) for the rest of your life. The artist donated 20 giclee prints of her works from the Russian fairy tale series to the Children’s Cancer Center in Moscow.
Ana Tzarev travels the world in search of interesting, distinct subject matter. The artist is motivated like very few people in the world (produced over 4000 large scale works including sculptures) so as to bring forth the beauty and bounty of the rich cultures from around the world. Ana Tzarev wants to change the world through the beauty and discipline that is art. The Hawaii exhibit lasts through October 5th, for more information go to web page AnaTzarev.com.