Award winning artist Anya McManis has spent the past 25 years working in visual media of some sort, including commercial graphic design and web design. This work deepened her understanding of composition, layout and color and inspired her to delve into the world of fine art.
She draws inspiration from sources as diverse as symbols from ancient cultures, images of the cosmos, and nature. Anya approaches each piece with an open mind, allowing the colors and shapes to evolve organically, responding intuitively to the marks and gestures on the surface. Complex, multi-dimensional layers of ink, watercolor and acrylic create a dynamic interplay of fluid and defined shapes.
Ultimately, her work is a celebration of the beauty and complexity of our world, an invitation to look beyond the surface and engage with the deeper, more subtle aspects of the human experience.
McManis’s work has been shown in professional galleries, including at the Artwork Network Gallery and Niza Knoll Gallery in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. She had seven solo shows at the University of Denver from 2011-2019 and participated in numerous group shows, among others at the Aurora Municipal Center, in Aurora CO, the Tri-Lake Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, CO, the R Gallery in Boulder, CO, the WATER FOR LIFE International Art Exhibition at the Niagara Falls History Museum in Canada, and the Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy.