Hundreds and hundreds of New Yorkers came to Ana Tzarev’s exhibition titled Wanderlust which opened the second week of May. The exhibition of the artist’s work was presented at her gallery located on 57th street in Manhattan (24 W 57St).This was the third unique, major exhibition for the prolific Croatian born artist this year. The Wanderlust exhibition is a compilation from her travels around the world, including: Africa, Europe, Hawaii, Asia etc. Travel and culture have both been essential sources of inspiration for the artist, throughout her career. She is an avid defender of culture no matter how small a civilization may be.
Whenever you go to an Ana Tzarev exhibition, it is simply a feel good/life affirming kind of an experience but don’t take it from me a biased viewer. Upon seeing the exhibition, do ask yourself what impact the paintings have on your being. Is it positive? Disturbing? What are the images, the people in the paintings trying to communicate? Ana’s paintings tend to be large in size, in excess of 6 feet tall thus their impact is that much greater on the viewer. The viewer may infer that the rich variety of elements from the cultures she visited express perhaps a subconscious longing for universal peace and beauty? What does it mean that the artist always includes in her work strong elements of life namely: air, water, plant and human life?
One can say that Ana Tzarev had a previous life in this lifetime as a very successful business woman who with her husband Robert Chandler founded Chandler House Stores, in New Zealand. She was a creative force in the company as a designer of home furnishings and textiles. She devoted her time and attention to painting and sculpture when she was in her fifties. Ana Tzarev has a successful international career as she exhibits throughout the world. In September she exhibited at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and in November she exhibited at the Santralistanbul Main Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey and currently in France (Cite’ Internationale des Arts, Paris) as well as in London at the Saatchi Gallery in early summer of 2012. “I believe that my actions show that I’m patriotic to humanity and perhaps my weakness is that I have a compulsion to leave beauty behind.”
The Ana Tzarev exhibit, Wanderlust, runs through July 21. Go and experience the wonder and the lust of beauty that mother Earth and Ana Tzarev have given to us. For more information go to www.AnaTzarev.com