Somewhere Else by Ania Tomicka
Oil on Canvas Board, 5″ x 7″
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: Here Comes Summer from June 4th to July 5th, 2016
Previous Exhibitions at Flower Pepper Gallery:
- 4th Year Anniversary Show from December 19th, 2015 to January 19th, 2016
- Life And Love from February 7th to March 4th, 2015
- 3rd Year Anniversary Show from December 6th, 2014 to January 6th, 2015
- Pandamonium from June 7th t0 27th, 2014
- Of History And Hope from April 5th to May 2nd, 2014
- Mad Hatters from November 23rd, 2013 to January 24th, 2014
- A Tribute To Our Own Fairy Tale from September 7th to October 4th, 2013
- One Year Anniversary Art Show from December 8th, 2012 to January 24th, 2013
- The Color Blue from September 15th to October 19th, 2012
Artist Biography and Statement:
Ania Tomicka was born in 1985 in Lodz, Poland.
When she was only 9 she moved to Italy, where she started to draw seriously: manga at first and realistic things afterwards. She attended an art institute and graduated in 2004. During the school years she starts to paint with oil colors, a technique that soon to became her favorite. Hence she attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice where she found a lot of inspiration for her realistic and academic art. A year later she moved to Tuscany where she graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. She focused her interest in more things like digital art, illustration and new materials such as wood.
She also completed her studies at the academy of digital arts NEMO NT where she gained the title of student of the year.
Ania has always been interested in realistic, renaissance works. Her first loves are Salvador Dalì and Wojtek Siudmak’s big canvases, full of absurd and strange creations, painted in a divine way.
Her current paintings are inspired by the American Pop Surrealist movement.
“In my artworks I like to express emotions of that particular moment. I am inspired by life and by music. I love to experiment with my imagination and my paintings, I usually just draw faces, what comes next is something that I don’t plan; my brushes and my hands manipulates everything just like external events manipulate my life. Sometimes you can control it, sometimes you can’t.” – Ania Tomicka
-EAT MORE ART OUT 8
Titmouse Animation Studios – March 7th 2015
-THE NIGHTMARE IN WONDERLAND
Distinction Gallery- April 11th 2015, curated by Ixie Darkonn
Modern Eden Gallery- April 25th 2015, curated by Michael Cuffe
SOLO SHOW- Swoon Gallery, LA
A TRIBUTE TO FRIDA KAHLO – Curated by June Leeloo, Distinction Gallery
3RD YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW – Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA
PANDAMONIUM – Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA
OF HISTORY AND HOPE – Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA
ON BEAUTY – Modern Eden Gallery, CA
WANDERLUST II- Modern Eden Gallery, CA
LE CHAT NOIR – Modern Eden Gallery, CA
CHAOS/KOSMOS (double solo show with Erica Calardo) – Pinkzeppelin Gallery, Berlin
FORGOTTEN FUTURES – Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland Oregon
MASS CULTURE – Alexiera Gallery, Saint Louis, MO
MAD HATTERS – curated by Ixie Darkonn, Flower Pepper Gallery, CA
PUT A BIRD ON IT – curated by Aaron Jasinski, Distinction Gallery
A TRIBUTE TO OUR OWN FAIRY TALE – Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA
L’INNAMORATO – PottersWife Gallery
BROKEN BEAUTY- WWA Gallery
GET THE LEAD OUT V- Swoon Gallery, LA
A MATTER OF TIME (solo show) – Swoon Gallery, LA
WANDERLUST – Modern Eden Gallery, CA
SURREAL WORLD – Auguste Clown Gallery, Victoria, Australia
IRON-Y (solo show) – curated by Erica Calardo, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome, IT
WHAT BIG EYES YOU HAVE – curated by Sugarfueled and Sarah Banks, Gallery at City ArtsFactory, Orlando, Florida
E.T. – ENFANT TERRIBLE – Studioventuno Art Gallery, Salerno, IT
PLURALE FEMMINILE – curated by Studioventuno Art Gallery, Tattoo Convention, Rome, IT
18th ANNIVERSARY SHOW – Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome, IT
ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW – Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA
HOPE BEYOND – Modern Eden Gallery, CA
THE COLOR BLUE – Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA
VANISHING POINTS – Auguste Clown Gallery, Brunswick Victoria, Australia
SCARYGIRL 10 years anniversary show – Toytokyo Underground Gallery, New York, USA
UNIVERSE (solo show) -curated by Ally Takeuchi, SwoonGallery, California
AUGUSTE CLOWN GALLERY -curated by Leigh Cornish, Brunswick Victoria, Australia
VEXED, curated by Andi Garcia, 423 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SEA NO EVIL – Sea Shepherd Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
PIMP MY MARY, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Roma, IT
GAME OVER! – Nova Belgica art gallery, Belgium
NEO POP: Pop Surrealism vs Urban Art – Spazio Orlandi, Milan, IT
ITALIAN POP SURREALISM: INTO THE FUTURE – curated by Andrea Oppenheimer, (Musei Capitolini) Centrale Montemartini, Roma, IT
ITALIAN POP SURREALISM: BIRTH OF A NATION – curated by Andrea Oppenheimer, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Roma, IT
MONDO BIZZARRO SHOW – curated by Rossana Calbi. Studioventuno, Salerno, IT
WI-FI ART: OneSunday – Workshop curatedb y Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, n.3 Pop Surrealism- Made in Italy, Circolo degli Artisti, Roma, IT
LITERAL.EYES – London Miles, London, UK
THE NEW LOST GENERATION – Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome, IT
stARTup – Corridonia, IT
Press :: Books :: Catalogues:
Iron-y catalogue, 2013 Roma: MondoBizzarro Press
Dossier on ZUPI magazine, Brasil, 2013
Tattoo artists 3: Pop Surrealism by Ania Tomicka. 2013. Argenta (FE): 3ntini Editore.
GIRLS: facts + fiction. 2012. Minneapolis: Light Gray Art Lab
Italian Pop Surrealism.2011. Roma: MondoBizzarro Press.
Artist Website: http://www.aniatomicka.com/
Artist Interview with Flower Pepper Gallery on January 2nd, 2016:
- How would you describe your own artwork?
Melancholic images of characters searching for answers about life and everything.
- What kinds of things inspire your work?
I usually get my inspiration from my own feelings but I also watch a lot of documentaries and I like to read, so often it’s a combination of both.
- Can you talk about your creative process?
I start with an idea that I usually develop on my sketchbook helping myself with photo references to get more inspired. Then I make the final drawing on Photoshop, so I can modify easily the things that aren’t good enough; I am talking about the characters, because the background and any other elements, are created during the painting process. I like to see how each of my paintings changes during the progress and I like to think that each one have its own life and will.
- Who is your favorite artist?
In this particular moment I have three hudge inspirations: Agostino Arrivabene, Roberto Ferri and James Jean.
- What’s the one thing we should know about you?
I am extremely shy and I am struggling with human interaction. But last year I’ve decided to fight back my monsters and I am slowly feeling better. Painting helps a lot and this is why I love it even more.
- As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- Coffee or tea?
Coffee and tea!