born in russia during the cold war, anna razumovskaya learned to appreciate a more soft, artistic side of life from her mother, an ardent follower of fashion and the feminine. razumovskaya attended the russian state academy of fine arts, graduating in 1991 with the distinction award of high-class artists. this immersion in the arts allowed her to experience a world outside the rigid rules that the communist regime dictated at the time.
razumovskaya’s training was followed with studies in germany, holland and belgium, as she travelled across europe learning and developing her own style. at the same time, she was able to absorb the influences of the great masters whose work she observed during her travels. a steady exhibition history followed, and a resulting fame that has resulted in her name becoming well known to art collectors worldwide.
following her travels, razumovskaya settled in canada, the country she now calls home. she continues to see great success in her art, travelling and touring with her work on a regular basis.
razumovskaya’s classical influences are instantly apparent when considering her art, with her expressive and refined figurative work suggesting the style of renaissance masters. she brings her own sense of modernity to the works, however, with an impressionistic flair for colour, and dynamic line work. she uses many different media, including oil, acrylics and charcoal.
these figurative works focus on – and celebrate – the feminine. razumovskaya represents her subjects in moments of grace, power and poise, often using elements of music and dance to create a sense of atmosphere behind the figure.
razumovskaya is known for the process she uses when working with models, which includes an expansive photoshoot which allows her to develop new ideas for several artworks. the time spent in preparation allows razumovskaya to capture the essence of her desired moment in the artwork, presenting the feminine energy in an intense yet peaceful manner.
razumovskaya’s early wish to become a clothing designer has had a notable impact on her work, as she uses the clothing of her models to great effect within each piece. the movement and colour of the fabric in each clothing item plays an important part in the artwork’s expression. razumovskaya’s love of classical music is also imperative to her work – she often includes musical instruments within her pieces, as well as emulating the elegance and power of her favourite composers within the style of her art.