The artist

Anna’s roots originate from St-Petersburg (Russia), the city with an immense cultural heritage that has greatly influenced the artist. Volkova’s father played a major role in the development of her artistry. He was a known talented Russian documentary film maker, who taught at the State University of Culture and Arts and later a photographer liaised to the world famous Hermitage. He encouraged three-year-old Anna to make daily sketches, so she would practice to draw, compose and paint what you really see.

Anna obtained both a classical and modern art education, and the combination of the two approaches can be seen in her masterfully executed art works.

Volkova is mainly acknowledged for her porcelain and mosaic works, tiles and window installations which can be found in various museums, public spaces and private collections.

Anna has spent years studying and experimenting with different materials. She developed unique methods in porcelain techniques and polyurethane castings, which enable her to create extraordinary pieces of art. Anna lives and works in Amsterdam.

Education

  • 2005-2007
    Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. Graduated July 2007
  • 1998-2001
    Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Graduated July 2001
  • 1992-1998
    St-Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. Graduated May 1998

“For the exhibition "The Dutch House. Dreams of Peter the Great" in the Peterhof State Museum Anna Volkova has created an installation with 50 porcelain tulips-favourite flowers of the tsar. Her tulips looked so alive that the visitors didn’t believe they are from porcelain. In the middle of the winter it was a blooming oasis in our museum.”

Elena Kalnitskaya | General Director of Peterhof State Museum. Russia