SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS

Recent Shows:

Colorado Women’s College
University of Denver – Solo Show
August 2 – September 27, 2019

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
Palmer Lake, CO
June 22 – August 23, 2019

WATER WISE
Aurora Municipal Center
April 1 – May 31, 2019

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
Palmer Lake, CO
June 23 – August 25, 2018

WATER FOR LIFE International Art Exhibition
Niagara Falls History Museum – Canada
May 12 – September 8, 2018

SOLO SHOWS

Colorado Women’s College
University of Denver
November 5 – November 30, 2018

Colorado Women’s College
University of Denver
February 1 – March 31, 2017

Colorado Women’s College
University of Denver
February 1 – March 31, 2016

Colorado Women’s College
University of Denver
June 1 – July 31, 2015

Kingman Estates Winery
Denver, Colorado
September 18 – May 31, 2014

Colorado Women’s College
University of Denver
June 4 – July 31, 2013

Spellbound Art
Arvada, Colorado
March 2012 – June 2013

Colorado Women’s College
University of Denver
June 1 – July 31, 2011

Vitahl Spa
Cherry Creek North – Denver, Colorado

GROUP SHOWS

Anti Defamation League – Denver, CO
April 19, 2016

The Mix @ Niza Knoll Gallery
May 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015
Denver, Colorado

The Savoy
Denver, CO
April 12, 2014 – April 19, 2014

One: En Masse
Denver, CO
April 4, 2014 – May 31, 2014

Florence Biennale
Florence, Italy
December 3 – 10, 2011

Artwork Network
Santa Fe Art District, Denver, Colorado
May 2010

Gallery Cuvee
Santa Fe Art District, Denver, Colorado
January – August 2008

BIO

Anya McManis considers herself an abstract expressionist. Her recent work is defined by the juxtaposition of geometric shapes over organic layers of ink. The paintings convey a mastery of color and burst forth with visceral emotion.

Over the past decade, through experimentation with a variety of media and subject matter, her work has evolved significantly. Earlier paintings incorporated handmade paper, layering of texture and gold leaf, and large-scale acrylic pieces focusing on intricate line work and fluid shapes. Occasionally, she dabbles in abstraction of landscapes, portraiture, or other objects, but always returns to non-objective concepts.

Anya’s work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions throughout Colorado, was featured in several solo shows at Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver, and exhibited internationally at the Florence Biennale in Italy, and the Niagara Falls History Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada.

A German native, Anya has lived in Colorado for over 20 years. She graduated with honors from Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver.  Aside from painting, she also runs her creative agency, AMCS Marketing in Aurora, Colorado.

ARTIST STATEMENT

UNIVERSUM SERIES

At the beginning of 2019, I stumbled upon a medium called Yupo paper. It’s a synthetic paper primarily used by water colorists. Always curious about new techniques and eager to explore, I began experimenting with this surface by applying a variety of paints and inks. It was quite a departure from my large acrylic paintings on canvas, but I was intrigued by the possibilities.

Once I discovered the brilliance of India Inks and how they interacted with the Yupo paper, I was hooked. The process of creating a backdrop with inks on paper is fascinating. It teaches me to let go and give up control. I have learned to manipulate the inks to create a desired outcome to a degree. There is no way to exert complete control, however, and in the end, the inks do as they please.

The geometric shapes are layered on top of background with black and white watercolor, the use of stencils or whatever else comes to mind. Watercolor allows me to add and subtract pigments to either hide or highlight certain elements. It’s a multi-layered process and I go back and forth many times to achieve the composition I’m happy with.

Creating these works feels like a meditation. I get lost in the colors, the textures and shapes. It’s like a journey into the vastness of the universe showing me endless possibilities.