ABOUT ANYA BELYAT GUINTA
Anya Belyat Giunta was born in 1975 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She lives and works in Lyon, France. Turbulence from the end soviet era obliged her family to exile: first to Austria, then to Italy, and finally to the United States where she would spend her teenage years. Drawing has always been in her nature and has accompanied Anya in her lifelong journey. Anya graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in 1999. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Russia, and the United States. In 2001 Anya Belyat-Giunta received the Charles Oulmont Prize Foundation of France. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Partners Drawing Prize, Saint Etienne Modern Art Museum, France. In 2018 she took part in the exhibition “Loup y es-tu? Bestiaire et métamorphoses “at Chateau Maison Laffitte, outside of Paris. In 2018 and 2019 she took part in two major exhibitions curated by Lorand Hegyi at the Parkview Museum Singapore, Intriguing Uncertaintes and Disturbing Narratives. Her work is part of the Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, and the Thomas Koerfer Collection, Switzerland. Anya Belyat-Giunta strange, eccentric faces and figures are disturbing embodiements of dream-like hallucinations, which reflect deep, often hidden memories, projections, imaginations, unsupportable experiences and emotional crises. The narrative of Anya Belyat-Giuntas drawings shows an anecdotique richnese and contextualizes her imaginary in literary, poetic mico-cosmos. …They seem to snigger. They seem to amuse, sometimes hiding behind mountains of hair, these Anya Belyat-Giunta’s tiny women. They are tiny chimaeras, tiny indecent ogresses, regressive, indiscreet, inventing a dance, a strange, intimate ballet […] Anya's world is slippery, unstable as a dream, as a wave of desire and chaos.
EAST AND WEST; BELGIUM AND TURKEY, NINE ARTISTS, DIFFERENT COUNTRIES-CULTURES-STYLES AND ONLY ON PAPER. "I" IN THEIR OWN WORDS” EXHIBITION STARTS AT G-ART (2014)
Nine successful artists from two countries; Yasemin Senel, Yavuz Tanyeli, Arzu BaIsaran,Rafet Arslan, Ahmet Sarı, Anya-Belyat Giunta, Annabelle Guetatra, Maja Ruznic, Marie Boralevi shall meet with viewers at G-Art, exhibiting their striking designs and paperwork in cooperation with Brussels Galerie d'YS.
Art, from the times of the cave-men to our day, has helped us understand human relations through the interpretations and creativity of mankind manifesting himself over primitive drawings, eventually evolving towards sophisticated art forms, over centuries. Artsy movements, as a bridge between dream and reality are in fact acts of bonding the rational with irrational phenomenon, the real and unreal, the images and the actual entities. Shortly, we can say that art is the adventure of getting to know, transforming and creating oneself. As its consequence we observe that, one, in his struggle to transcend himself, gets to discover and proves his existence through others' medium. Especially, the figures in the art themes form and reveal their understanding and interpretation from the standpoint of their cultural circle and geographical origins and implement their ever-changing essence. From Neolithic times to our day, animal images appear both formally and conceptually as quite diverse manifestations of the artists’ psyche. Regardless of their initial "three dimensional figures over two dimensional surface" methods that are followed by the shattering of the traditional art and their replacement by modernism, they were eventually led to contemporary practices. The notion of death, even if it maintains its validity in conceptual sense, in relation to the understanding and acceptance of the aggression within, man's confrontation with his animalistic instincts is transformed, in a way, towards more realistic formats of contemporary art language compared to the traditional.
These nine artists from different background and cultures aim to present to the spectators their reality and visualizations, using their own plastic language and personal interpretations, the exposure of "human-animal" and "inhuman animal" context using the symbolic motives of the subconscious.