Anna Davanzo was born in Islington, London in 1963 and graduated with an honours degree at Central Saint Martin's School of Art in 1992. She then went on to complete a postgraduate course in painting at the Royal Academy Schools in London. Having travelled extensively and lived in the the andalucian mountains, she now presently lives and works in Hackney, London.

Artist's Statement

Since graduating I have pursued my love of painting and photography and have gradually tried to access and develop what are, for me, the essential elements of a visual experience. Consequently I have found that I tend to favour abstraction and minimalism, having been heavily influenced by the American abstract expressionists whilst studying art, among them William De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Motherwell. Later, Gerald Richter and my favourite, William Turner. For me painting is primarily a means of self expression. The process of creating each painting is as important to me as the finished article itself.

As an abstract painter the inspiration behind my work portrays strong autobiographical elements that reflect and link directly with my love of nature and its quiet sense of the sacred. It is this 'Quiet Sense Of The Sacred' that is the emotive link between my inner world and my outer world.

I enjoy playing and teasing with the notion of a contradiction between the physical quality of paint and the spatial illusion of the taken photograph. As such much of the image making is directed and amalgamated from frozen captions of emotive information seen journeying through different realms of space.

This, combined with shifting picture plains, as well as my depiction of colour, then allows conscious as well as unconscious shapes and forms to present themselves on the canvas. The paintings are built up gradually with sometimes many layers, often revealing fragments of earlier work, thus contributing to the finished piece in ways that could not have been conceived when the paint was first put down.

1994 - 1997 Royal Academy School of Art, London, Postgraduate in Painting
1989 - 1992 Central St Martins School of Art, BA (hons) Fine Art Painting
1988 - 1989 Sir John Cass School Of Art, London, Part-time Foundation
2013 Saatchi - 'Burning Bright' Artists chosen by Saatchi online to show at Hyatt Hotel, London
Solo exhibition of large scale paintings - VJB Arts at 125 Old Broad Street, London
2012 Curated show at DMH Stallards, New Fetter Lane Gallery, London
Artfact - Comissioned Art for London Hotels
2011 WW Gallery, Hackney, London
Galeria Krabbe, Malaga, Spain
Afternnon Tea, Venice Biennale with WW Gallery
2010 Gallery 320, Bethnal Green, London
2009 Galeria Krabbe, Frigliana, Casa Cultura De Frigliana, Malaga
Galeria Espacio Tres, Malaga
2005 - 2008 Hadriano Museum, Casa Cultura De Competa, Malaga, Spain
Zanik Gallery, Malaga
Cadogan Contemporary, London, Casa Cultura
De Competa, Malaga, Spain
2004 Zanik Gallery, Competa, Spain
Cadogan Gallery, London
2001 - 2003 Cadogan Contemporary Group Exhibition, London
Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, London
2000 Photographic exhibition at Stoke Newington Church St Festival
Arbutus Open Studios
Two joint exhibitions at Cadogan Gallery
1998 - 1999 Arbutus Street Open Studios, Hackney, Cadogan Gallery
1997 Summer Show, Cadogan Contemporary
Royal Academy final diploma show, RA students Interim Exhibition
1996 Arbutus Street Open Studios, Hackney, London
Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, Arbutus St Open Studios
Photographic Exhibition at Stoke Newington Church St Festival, London
Arbutus Open Studios, Hackney
Two joint Exhibitions at Cadogan Contemporary
Cadogan Contemporary Group Exhibition
1995 Royal Academy Schools Premiums Exhibition Show
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Cadogan Contemporary Gallery
Royal Academy Schools Interim Exhibition
Picture This / Bosnia Group support, at Agency, Shoreditch, London
Royal Academy Final Diploma Show
Royal Academy Summer Show
1994 Joint Exhibition at Alternative Arts Galleries, London W.1
Joint Arts Exhibition at Open Studios, Seven Sisters, London W.1
Participation at Whitechapel Gallerie's Open Exhibitions
Royal Academy Schools Interim Exhibitions
Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, Sloane Square, London
1993 Joints Arts Exhibiton at Alternative Arts Galleries, Chiltern St, London
Solo Exhibition at Tablenacle Galleries, Portobello Rd, London
1992 St Martins School of Art Degree Show
Solo Show at Alternative Arts Galleries, Soho, London
Big Art, Exhibition of large scale paintings, Cromwell and Ward Galleries, Soho
1991 Joint Exhibition Cohn and Wolfe, St Martins School of Art
Joint Exhibition Charles Jones Park Architect Designers, London
Ecole Royale De Beaux Arts, Brussells
Mural Exhibition at Chichester Jazz Festival


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