Anya Poznyak was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, where she began taking art classes before she started elementary school. Initially preparing for a career in architecture, Poznyak received private instruction in comprehensive drawing and painting. Her earlier works primarily included still lives in pencil, water colors, acrylic, and oil. Her art studies also included creating 3-D pieces from clay, as well transforming mundane objects, such as wine bottles, into pieces of art, using decoupage, cracking, and other techniques. These activities enabled Poznyak to discover her passion for creatively transforming day-to-day objects and eventually her passion for jewelry making.
At the age of 16, her family moved to the United States and settled in Atlanta, GA. In Grady High School, Poznyak continued her art endeavors through producing multiple illustrations for Grady’s newspaper, the Southerner. Currently, Poznyak is enrolled in AP Studio: Visual Arts Drawing. This gallery showcases the portion of the final portfolio Poznyak concentrated on, which was transforming her landscape photographs into combine pieces that organically integrate jewelry elements and pointillism painting technique. Poznyak’s combine paintings seek to take the viewers out of the present busy and stressful reality into imaginary worlds and pleasant memories. A distinctive feature of Poznyak’s work are vibrant, bright colors, which come from her admiration of painters like Vincent Van Gogh, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Her artwork has been exhibited in The Great Frame Up’s Creative Self Expression, Atlanta Women Society Art Exhibition and Binders Art Show. Next fall, Poznyak will be attending Purdue University, where she plans to major in engineering and minor in art. More of Poznyak’s works can be found on her website, http://anyasart.weebly.com.