Artist Bio

Anna Grima began her practice in graphic design and illustration. She studied art at the Malta School of Art and the Accademia Di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy, later to learn the ancient Japanese art of Gyotaku/mono-printing on sailing expeditions in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Her works include a philosophical and metaphysical discourse on specific concepts related to creative thinking and the spiritual in art. Interdisciplinary practices such as Painting, Drawing, Paper Sculpture, Creative Writing/Illustration and Graphic Animation are combined within Grima’s Fine Art concepts.

Recently graduating in Master of Fine Art and Digital Media, Anna Grima currently co-lectures the University of Malta’s BFA study unit: ‘Introduction to Illustration’. Many of her paintings hang in private and public collections. Two of her abstracts are currently representing Malta, forming part of the Berlaymont Summa Artis Collection at the Berlaymont Building, Brussels.

Artist Statement

As an artist, my aim and need is to discover and bring light to hidden beauty and naturalness, expressed in the form of visual art. To my mind, visual harmony speaks between polarities, where the balancing of opposing forces creates dynamic movement. This striving for equilibrium can be translated into a language of icons, symbols and geometric abstractions composed within fields of intense depth of colour.

The paintings thus provide an invitation to take an inward journey, where colour, form and design create an experience of the self. Marcel Duchamp calls this phenomenon ‘esthetic osmosis,’ where the artist goes from intention to realization which includes an array of emotions, intellect, judgment and actions, taking an artist to a place other than the intention; and secondly the spectator, who endorses the artist’s declaration by engaging in another process of defining the art, and forming part of the creative act.

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