Anara Abzhanova

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Anara Abzhanova

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Kazakh 21st Century Realist artist

Born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan

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Anara Abzhanova was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. From her early years she knew she wanted to be an artist. Anara has been deaf from childhood and so chose to listen to her heart as she painted the world around her. Her works are full of light and colours that merge into inimitable combinations. From when she was a toddler, Anara was interested in drawing. At the age of three she began to doodle on walls, paper and any pieces of wood she found. When she was seven her mother took her to an art school where she painted her first colourful picture.

Anara has never heard the sounds of the world but God gave her the talent to see the world in all its beauty and share it with everyone.

EDUCATION

2012-2014 The Temirbek Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts
Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Design
Department: Painting
Master's thesis: Landscape Painting in Independent Kazakhstan
Degree: Master

2007-2012 The Temirbek Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts
Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Design
Department: Easel painting
Degree: Bachelor, graduated with honours

2004-2007 Art College at The Temirbek Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts
Department: Easel painting
Qualification: Artist, graduated with honours

1998-2004 Art School for Deaf Children

AWARDS AND ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS
2012
Winner of the ForteArt'12 competition for young artists, Almaty, October
The Jury Applause, a special prize at the 6th Traditions and Modernity International Arts Festival, Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia, 4-10 July
Shortlisted for the second Scottsdale Salon of Fine Arts, Arizona, the U.S., April
Finalist at the Art Revolution Taipei, an international art exhibition of the Taiwan International Contemporary Artists Association, Taipei, Taiwan, 22-24 March
The Golden Eagle medal and the grand prix in the Realism nomination at the Factors of Visual Art International Contest, New York Realism Fine Art, the U.S., December

2011
Gold winner of the Art Curated Prize September Classic, a participant in the group exhibition in Santiago, Chile, with the publication of works in the international ShowArt magazine (issue 4), Santiago, Chile, 30 November-6 December
A scholar of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty
Finalist at the Asyl Mura First Annual Republican Art Competition, Almaty

2010
First place at the Russian Art Week International Exhibition and Competition, Moscow, 28 September-3 October
Winner of the Samgau First Annual Public Award, Almaty
Second place at the Kazakhstan Art Week International Exhibition and Competition, Almaty, October
Bronze medal at the en plein air master class at Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

2009
Second place (silver medal) at the Asia Para Art Tokyo exhibition, with a certificate awarded for artistic contribution and the Old Tokyo work distinguished as superior, Tokyo, Japan
First place (gold medal) at the 16th International Youth Visual Arts Festival, Gorgan, Iran

2008
Grand prize in the Visual Arts nomination at the 11th Shabyt International Artistic Youth Festival, Astana
Second place at Independence of Kazakhstan, the second city exhibition of young artists, Kasteyev State Museum of Fine Arts, Almaty

2006
Grand prize at the Zhuldyz Ai First Social Republican Children's Arts Festival, Astana

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS IN 2006-2013
City Ecology, Art gallery "Ular" at the Union of artists of RK, Almaty, 2013
Flowering of Spring, the Foyer of the Kazakh National Academy of Arts by T.Zhurgenova, Almaty, 2013
Reflection of Spring, organized with assistance by the Nour Otan's Medeu regional branch, devoted to the International Women's Day on March 8, the State philharmonic hall by Zhambyl, Almaty, 2013
The World of Colours and Feelings, Ak-Zhelken Art Centre, Atyrau, 2012
The World Like a Dream, The Wings of Hope project to support young artists supported by the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after Temirbek Zhurgenov, Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana, 2012
A Touch of Soul, Oyu Art Gallery, Almaty, 2012
Heart Sounds, Rysbek Akhmetova Art Gallery at the Artists Union of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, 2010
Four Seasons, Almaty Oblast Department of Culture, Almaty Oblast Arts Gallery, Taldykorgan, 2010
The Sounds of Silence, Arvest Art Gallery, Almaty, 2009
The Territory of Colours, Contemporary Art Museum, Astana, 2008
Delicate Soul, Ankara International Hotel, Almaty, 2007
Inspiration, Retro Gallery, Almaty, 2007
The World in Which I Am Creating, Tribune Gallery, Almaty, 2006

PUBLICATIONS
The Development of Landscape Painting in Modern Kazakhstan, Poisk magazine of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles, issue 1, January 2013
2012 - The World Like a Dream, a booklet
2011 - ShowArt Magazine, Curated Art, issue 4
2009 - The Territory of Colours, a catalogue of works

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION
2013 - ARC Living Artist (A.R.C.L.A.)
2012 - A member of the Artists Union of the Republic of Kazakhstan
2012 - A member of the Nur Otan People's Democratic Party (Medeu District Branch)

COLLECTIONS
The works by Anara Abzhanova are in private and corporate collections in Kazakhstan, Turkey, Ukraine, Italy, the U.S. and Japan.