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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: 1968 - present
GAP Member Since: 2004-09-21
Type: Papercuttings, Jewish

86 Chestnut St
North Adams MA 01247
USA

(413) 663-6560
aikronick@yahoo.com
http://www.akronickwordpress.com

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Noah

Anna Kronick is an award winning artist specializing in papercutting. Born 1968 in the former Soviet Union, Anna began her artistic training at an early age. In 1987 her entire family emigrated to the United States following a ten year struggle as refusniks. Now, Anna along with her artist husband, Ivar, and daughter reside in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

I have a strong artistic training, having attended Montserrat College of Art on a scholarship for gifted students where I received a B.F.A. in painting. Subsequently, the Graduate School of Figurative Art awarded me the Andy Warhol Scholarship to pursue an M.F.A. in sculpture. Upon graduating from the School of Figurative Art, also known as the New York Academy of Art, my husband and I embarked to Saint Petersburg, Russia, to study at one of the last remaining traditional Academies, the Repin Institute of Art.

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Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill

It was this experience at the Repin Institute that fostered an enduring interest in ancient artforms. Both my husband and I worked in egg tempera and studied the restoration of icons. Ivar stuck with the work in egg tempera, but I was looking for a less static and rigid artform where I would be able to incorporate my love for drawing and sculpture. I discovered my love for papercut art upon stumbling across a book on Judaic Papercuts by Yehudit Shadur, and it were as though I finally came home. It made perfect sense, since I am able to work with line as well as color, able to create compositions with qualities of reliefs, and had a chance to tell the stories of my people through one of the time honored arts.

I am drawing on my Russian and Yiddish cultural backgrounds and on my Jewish roots to create whimsical and traditional designs, to retell Biblical stories, world famous fairy tales, and Russian and Jewish songs.

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Eve

My technique is also greatly affected by my interest in stained glass. Until three years ago, I cut all of my work from a single sheet of ColorAid paper by Xacto knife. Now, I still create my work that way, but I also add large colorful shapes into the designs. Some of the images resemble church windows with their Biblical characters intermingling with flowing text and decorative fruits and floral designs.

I have participated in many shows around the country and received several prestigious awards for my work. My papercuts hang in private collections throughout the United States, South Africa, Israel, and even in Venezuela and Jamaica.

I think it is because my art speaks to people of different ages and religious backgrounds, connects the past and the future, and is full of meaning that all viewers can find something special for themselves.

 

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