Anna Afzelius-Alm

I was born in Minneapolis, USA in 1975, grew up in Germany and have lived in Switzerland, England and China. Now I work and live in Sigtuna, Sweden. 

Art has always been a part of my life. I grew up surrounded by artwork from artists in my family such as Anton Dich, Birgit Forsell, Tore Nyberg and Ivar Arosenius. However life first took me down a different professional path.During the summer of 2015, I decided to follow my heart and paint full-time. 

Before that I had a professional career as Management Consultant. I have studied Design at the Académie des Arts in Gothenburg. Exile Professor Shahab Mousavizadeh from Tehran University of Arts was my mentor during my high school years in Germany. I also hold an MBA from Gothenburg School of Economics and Law, an MSc in Informatics from Gothenburg IT-University and have studied Mandarin at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The goal with my art is to brighten up the daily life with a playful splash of color. I believe that what we surround ourselves with becomes a part of ourselves. Inspiring, colourful surroundings have the ability to raise our mood, help us reload our batteries, stimulate our creativity and open our minds for new, interesting things. Through colourful art our world becomes fascinating and wonderful.

My work often originates from different moments that I have experienced or a feeling that I want to convey. In the beginning my paintings focused merely on the figurative, but lately I have also become interested in nature, structures and buildings, as well as a higher degree of abstraction. I often interpret reality through large, textured oil paint sweeps. Mostly the vivid color is applied with knife to add structure. I sometimes combine this with piped colour and collage.

No matter how we feel, who we are, or where we come from, a playful splash of colour can brighten up our life. What we surround ourselves with becomes a part of us. Inspiring, colourful settings can raise our mood, help us reload our energy, stimulate our creativity, and open up our minds to new, interesting things. This is what I strive for in my art. My perception is a vessel for the form it takes.