Anna Cyan is a contemporary realist. She has traversed a vast terrain of formal and independent art studies, from Toronto to Los Angeles and New York. This quest has been in the service of depicting the human form. But realism is not an end in itself. It is a rich storytelling language, capable of showing the movements of the human soul. Paint tells the truth of lived human experience, in all its frailty and beauty. Cyan has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Toronto. Her work also hangs in private collections in Canada, USA and Ukraine.
Artist Statement: Being alive means living in and through a body. In figurative painting, the true subject is not muscles, or bumps, or folds. It’s what it’s like to be alive – the glory and pain of existence. Traditionally, paintings of nude women reduced them to objecthood. Painted nude men were heroic, historic, mythic. Women were depicted more or less as flesh-coloured rocks. My paintings show the bodies of women, but it’s a way to talk about their inner life, in moments of vulnerability and surrender – not to other people, but to the universe at large.