• Anastasia Sarantinou

    Anastasia Sarantinou
    • Artist Statement
      • In my artwork I use a mix or variety of materials and am guided by the composition and image as to what materials to use. My background is printmaking (silk-screening) so most of the time I start my work in my mind for longer than it takes to execute the actual work.

        My compositions come to me in a fleeting moment. Mostly my work is inspired by colour. I use a lot of layering in my work partly due to my print making background and partly because it weaves an interesting outcome.

        Experimentation is the basis of each of my works. I enjoy the process more than the outcome.
    • Biography
      • B.Tech Fine Art (Bloemfontein University Of Technology)

        Anastasia Sarantinou graduated from Fine Art studies in 1986 having specialised in printmaking and particularly, silk screening.

        Although she practices many art forms she has been painting full time since 1994 and exhibiting her work since then. Her paintings are an ever evolving experimentation and she pushes the boundaries with techniques and even cross-breeding between printmaking and painting. Her paintings are therefore mainly mixed medium works.
        About her paintings, she says, that the entire process of creation is more satisfying to her than the outcome.

        She has participated in many group exhibitions in South Africa and abroad (mainly Germany and Holland) and she has sold countless works locally and internationally over the years.

    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Christiaan Diedericks and Faith 47.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Christo Coetzee for his amazing experimental work in the early 20th century.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

        An exhibition of Picasso, Matisse and Miro in Cologene Germany. To see how loosely they actually executed their works.

        Where do you get inspiration for your work?
        Everywhere around me in everyday life, good photography.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I mentally prepare and create a painting in my head before I start work. This process takes longer than actually capturing the work on canvas.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        The ability to break all the rules and make it work.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist’s block?
        I teach on bad days and work through my blocks mentally while teaching.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        Breaking away from the norm and creating work out of the box.

        Do you feel you want to make a difference to the world or in people’s lives? If yes, how?
        I do believe I make a difference with my teaching. Especially being a facilitator and teacher to an NGO called Pretty Pride.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        My plans are to get as much work out as possible and to help others reach dreams through art.