Anna has just completed her Master’s degree in History and Business of Art and Collecting at the University of Warwick / IESA. Previously she studied photojournalism in Moscow and worked as a freelance photographer and photo editor before moving to Rome, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in History of Art at John Cabot University and worked as an assistant of Fine Arts director at the British School at Rome. Her pursuits span across cultures and centuries, including European Old Masters, decorative arts, photography, Russian Impressionism and Modern Art. She is also interested in social media marketing and aspects of digital engagement in the arts.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I think it is Harmony in Red by Henri Matisse. Every time I visit the Hermitage in St Petersburg I cannot help spending some time with this work. I love the vibrant palette and the play of flatness and depth. It amazes me how this jarring combination of colours always makes me feel at peace with myself.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
One of my main inspirations is my photography professor, Alexander Lapin. He was a talented street photographer in Soviet Union and one of the major theoreticians of photographic composition in Russia. I took his course while studying photojournalism in Moscow and our discussions had a great impact on my creative vision and understanding of art.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I am going to visit Lisbon in September – one of my most-awaited journeys! I am excited to explore the city’s unique architecture and local culture, ranging from intricate Baroque to contemporary street art.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
Rome holds a special place in my heart. It was the destination of my first European trip and the place where my journey into the art world has begun. Here you can explore breathtaking celing frescoes, vivid masterpieces of Baroque and marvel at architecture from different epochs.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
Currently I am an assistant editor at Russian Art and Culture, the leading online platform for Russian art and culture in the world. We also publish the official guide to Russian Art Week in London, a bi-annual event that takes place in June and November each year to coincide with a series of Russian auction sales.