Grand Old Maya
Grand Old Maya, 2002
oil on linen
36 1/4 x 28 3/4 inches


Ana Tzarev Gallery, New York
14 January - 03 February 2010

Please join us for the exhibition "Portraits," inspired by the artist Ana Tzarev's years of travel and research of diverse cultures. This exhibition celebrates her many unique encounters with individual people in vastly different parts of the world. Tzarev's serious interest in cultural history as well as daily life enabled her to meet numerous local religious leaders, merchants, performance artists and educators, among others. She was deeply touched by these remarkable people and inspired to create the portraits.

Tzarev's expressive style brings intensity to the portraits, which range widely both in composition and emotion. Paintings featuring the great Kabuki actors, Nakamura Ganjiro III and Shinnosuke capture their discipline and unwavering focus while the man in Grand Old Maya is both fateful and proud and The Healer (Shanghai) connotes serenity. The portraits also reflect realistic cultural references in the colours of clothes, textiles and ornaments as seen in her portrait of a young woman in The Songbird of Thika. Please click here to view the Press release.