Born in Moscow, Russia, Anya Slonim (nee Anna Misko) grew up in an atmosphere of international history, culture, and art.
Both of Anya's parents graduated from the Moscow State University. Her multilingual Polish father became a professor of history who first worked at the Polish University in Lviv, and later in the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Moscow. Anya's Russian mother worked as an editor in the Soviet national daily newspaper 'Izvestia'.
As a little girl, Anya was enthralled by the artistry of the images depicted in the French magazines that belonged to her mother -Gazette du Bon Ton, Modes et manieres d'aujourd'hui, La Guirlande des Mois – the miraculously survived stylish publications on fashion and design. Their beautiful Art Deco and Art Nouveau illustrations imprinted in her childish imagination would later inspire Anya in her own artistic work.
In 1960s, Anya got fascinated with the passionate world of the dubbed Argentinian movies that were shown in the cinemas in Moscow. Especially the ones with the charming Lolita Torres. The beautiful singer-actress and her ‘foreign’ facial features would become another source of inspiration for Anya and would appear on her paintings of femme fatales and elegant temptresses.
In 1972, having graduated from the Moscow State University, the department of Fine Arts, with the Majors in Painting and Drawing, Anya Slonim started working as a commercial artist in the State Design Center in Moscow, Russia.
Before Anya could fully devote herself to her artistic career there was a certain dream of hers to still come true. Ever since Anya was a 12-year-old girl, she had dreamt of going to 'America'. One of the reasons was her enchantment with jazz that she had a chance to listen to on a radio station transmitting from Poland at her grandmother’s in the Western Belorussia.
Her other fascination with the far away land of ‘America’ was created by the movie The Magnificent Seven (1960). Anya had fallen in love with each of The Seven but in particular with the characters Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner.
By the Anya’s ‘American’ dream was realised in August 1991 when she, her two children and her husband immigrated and settled down in sunny Tucson, Arizona. And it’s there in the land of the Grand Canyon and the cactus-filled Sonoran Desert that Anya Slonim, while listening to jazz, merged all her creative inspirations and transformed them into more than 200 paintings that have been presented at art exhibitions in New York, Moscow, Tucson, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Mexico.
Anya Slonim Studios Open Doors Day, part of the 2019 Spring Artists Tour, organised by the Heart of Tucson Art - an all-volunteer art organization made up of artists & artisans operating in Tucson, Arizona.
During the two day event general public is invited on a free self guided tour of the artists studios. As part of the initiative, Anya Slonim Studios will also open its doors to welcome locals and visitors to town to see more than 30 paintings by the Tucson-based Russian-American artist, Anya Slonim, that will be on display in the artist's studio.
The selection of 14 paintings dated various years but mainly of the 20th century, including one giclée copy of the painting 'Looking Inside', the original of which will be on sale too. Some of the paintings offered at the sale are framed. The frames were chosen by the artist herself and are either hand-made or sourced out at the antique shops in New York and Los Angeles.
During the sale there will be other paintings on display by the same artist. Visitors are welcome to view and admire them and, if they fall in love with one or two, then they can negotiate the price with the artist.
Price list for the paintings on display - TBC.
Some refreshments such as juice, water, and wine will be offered to visitors.
23 February 2019 - 11:00am to 6pm
24 February 2019 - 11:00am to 6pm
More details on www.anyaslonimstudios.com