Artist Resume

Ana Zanic Biography


For me, making art has always been a search that allowed me to explore the formal visual elements, as well as my personal feelings, through an intuitive, spontaneous process.


My abstract paintings are executed in media of watercolor and acrylic. Watercolors are built with layers of washes, intermixed with dynamic lines, scribbles and marks of ink drawing. There is often a quiet tension between the watercolor's fluidity, softness and calm, vs. the dynamic, rhythm and energy of drawing. With acrylics, the physicality of the process plays an important role - the paint is layered up, sometimes removed or wiped, then covered up again, resulting in a rich texture. While painting with watercolor evokes in me a feeling of quiet contemplation and intimacy, working with acrylic paint, on the other hand, gives me a sense of vitality through building and changing the work over a longer course of time.
In addition to painting, I am also fascinated with clay as one of the most natural and primal materials. My paintings and ceramic vessels share a common trait; they emerge from a process that is both controlled and accidental. I see this duality of my process as a metaphor for the duality of life, where certain things can be controlled and others just happen naturally, on their own.

Ana Zanic's work is a meeting of the gestural spontaneity of watercolor and the control of ink drawing. Her layers of washes punctuated by the dynamic lines of ink emphasize mark-making, exposing a process that is both intuitive and directed. The calligraphic results of this clashing resemble the duality of life itself, where our desire for control intertwines with the natural forces that are beyond our grasp. The earthy tones of Zanic's "Impromptu" series call to mind organic forms, reflecting her investigations into questions of origin.

EDUCATION:

Master of Fine Arts and Art Education, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia 2002
EXHIBITIONS:


SELECTED SOLO:
2016 Fluidity, Fermi National Laboratory Art Gallery, Batavia IL
2015 Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
2015 City Museum, Vinkovci, Croatia
2014 Lee E. Dulgar Gallery, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
2014 Governors State University, University Park, IL
2012 Porter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
2012 Oesterle Gallery, North Central College, Naperville, IL
2011 Epping Gallery, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL
2009 Chicago Public Library, West Belmont, Chicago, IL
2009 Montgomery Ward Gallery, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
2008 Osijek Summer of Culture, Franciscan Monastery Gallery, Osijek, Croatia
2008 City Museum, Vinkovci, Croatia
2007 Gallery Ulrich, Zagreb, Croatia
2004 Zagreb City Library, Staglisce, Zagreb, Croatia
2003 City Museum, Vinkovci, Croatia
2003 Zagreb City Library, Staglisce, Zagreb, Croatia
2002 Magis Gallery, Osijek, Croatia
THREE PERSON:
2015 "Modernist Outlook", Gallery 19, Chicago IL
2015 "Accretion: The work of Noelle Allen, C.C. Ann Chen, and Ana Zanic", Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2013 "Through the Smoke, Water, and Clay", Batavia Fine Arts Centre, Batavia, IL (with Anna Kenar and Tim Kowalczyk)
SELECTED GROUP:
2017 I American, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL
2017 Metaphors, Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO
2016 Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
2016 Ethereal, Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO
2016 I American, North Central College, Naperville, IL
2016 Women We Love, Gallery 19, Chicago IL
2015 Art on Paper, Paper Art Fair, Pier 26, with Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
2015 I American, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL
2015 5"x7", AMOA-Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX
2014 I American, Governors State University, University Park, IL
2014 I American, White Ripple Gallery, Hammond, IN
2014 Evanston+Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
2014 5"x7", AMOA-Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX
2014 Metro Paper at Metro Show with Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
2014 I American, Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL
2013 Vicinity, Norris Gallery, St. Charles, IL
2013 Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX
2013 Carbon - Life, Decay and Beyond, Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL
2013 5"x7", AMOA-Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX
2013 Words and Gestures, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
2013 Reveal "10 Essentials", Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin, IL
2013 Winter Show, Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL
2013 1st Annual Art Competition, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
2012 1st Juried Member Exhibition, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
2012 3rd Anniversary Show, Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL
2012 Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX
2012 Potential Energy, Fermilab Art Gallery, Batavia, IL
2012 5"x7", AMOA-Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX
2012 Warrenville Inspired, Warrenville Historical Museum and Gallery, Warrenville, IL
2012 Illuminate, Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL
2011 Fall, Next Gallery, St. Charles, IL
2011 2nd Anniversary Show, Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL
2011 Croatian Association of Artists - Members exhibition, Croatian Association of Artists Center, Zagreb, Croatia
2011 Abstract/Primitive, Next Gallery, St. Charles, IL
2010 5x7, Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX/ Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Houston, TX/ Inman Gallery, Dallas, TX
2010 5th Croatian Watercolor Triennial, Slavonski Brod/Karlovac/Zagreb, Croatia
2010 Croatian Association of Artists - Members exhibition, Croatian Association of Artists Center, Zagreb, Croatia
2009 12x12, The Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2009 "Fine Artists of Vinkovci", City Museum, Vinkovci, Croatia
2009 Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX
2009 "Art in the Abstract", five-artists show, Fermilab Art Gallery, Batavia, IL
2009 Croatian Association of Artists - Members exhibition, Croatian Association of Artists Center, Zagreb, Croatia
2009 5x7, Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX/ Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Houston, TX/ Inman Gallery, Dallas, TX
2009 "Shades of Green", Art Benefit, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX
2009 32nd Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
2008 Group Show, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 Croatian Association of Artists - Members exhibition, Croatian Association of Artists Center, Zagreb, Croatia
2008 5x7, Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX
2008 "Acquisitions", City Museum, Vinkovci, Croatia
2008 "A Clear Vision", Art Benefit, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX
2007 Likum Generations, Gallery Ulrich, Zagreb, Croatia
2007 Pataky Cultural Center, Budapest, Hungary
2007 Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX
2007 City Museum, Vinkovci, Croatia
2007 Radical Nautical, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX
2007 5x7, Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX
2007 People's Gallery, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX
2006 Likum Generations, Gallery Ulrich, Zagreb, Croatia
2006 Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX
2006 5x7, Dunn & Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
2006 5x7, Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX
2006 Croatian Association of Artists - Members exhibition, Croatian Association of Artists Center, Zagreb, Croatia
2005 Likum Generations, Gallery Ulrich, Zagreb, Croatia
2005 Red Hot Red Dot, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX
2005 Croatian Association of Artists - Members exhibition, Croatian Association of Artists Center, Zagreb, Croatia
2005 Decadence, Red Door Gallery, Austin, TX
2004 Croatian Association of Artists - Members exhibition, Croatian Association of Artists Center, Zagreb, Croatia
2004 Likum Generations, Gallery Ulrich, Zagreb, Croatia
2004 Electricity and Me: Magnets and Unseen Forces, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX
2004 3rd Croatian Watercolor Triennial, Slavonski Brod/Karlovac/Zagreb, Croatia
2003 3rd Croatian Prints Triennial, Croatian Association of Artists Center, Zagreb, Croatia
2002 18th Biennial of Slavonija, Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek, Croatia
2001 Heritage of Passion, Mimara Museum, Zagreb, Croatia
2000 Heritage of Passion, Mimara Museum, Zagreb, Croatia
FEATURED MEMBER:
2004 Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX
AWARDS:

2009 1st Award, 12x12, The Art Center, Highland Park, IL
ARTIST TALKS:

2014 Trail to Arcadia, Lee E. Dulgar Gallery, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
2014 Floating Passage, Governors State University, University Park, IL
2012 Albert's Series, Porter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Central National-Gottesman, New York, NY
Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, Cedar Park, TX
City Museum of Vinkovci, Croatia
DeLoitte & Touche, San Antonio, TX
Key Energy, Houston, TX
Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL
Lockton Insurance, Dallas, TX
Loews, Chicago, IL
Molto Capital, Villa Park, IL
Wachovia Corporate Headquarters, Houston, TX
Warrenville Historical Museum, Warrenville, IL
Waldorf Astoria, Naples, FL
Wells Fargo, Dallas, TX
Westin, Atlanta, GA
ASSOCIATIONS:

2003-present Member of Croatian Association of Artists, Zagreb, Croatia