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"I seek to create a state of quiet excitement, serenity, and calm; a place of beginning for all possibilities."
Born in the Ukraine, Anna Bogatin grew up studying painting in the former Soviet Union before emigrating to the United States in 1992. She recieved her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2002 and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. Considering herself as much of a philosopher as a painter, Bogatin takes much of her inspiration from Buddhism, likening her creation of art to meditation. She typically uses oils or acrylics to create series of dots and lines which form a "community" with one another, her goal being to achieve a sense of balance and harmony among each pictorial element. She is also highly influenced by Australian Aboriginal art, as exemplified in her Wanderings series. In it, she strives to create the illusion of movement, which she sees as representative of life itself, in imitation of the Aboriginal ritual of "walkabout" in which a young man must wander the forest on a spiritual journey, tracing the "songlines" of his ancestors. Her work has been exhibited in such disparate places as New York, Los Angeles, and Russia, and is represented by Larry Becker Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Additionally, she teaches painting and drawing in the University of the Arts' Continuing Education program and at the Cathedral Village in Philadelphia. She currently resides in Doylestown, PA.
Anna Bogatin. Image courtesy of the artist.
Education & Training
MFA, Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2004-2006
BFA, Painting, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1998-2002
Moscow College of Technology, Fashion Design, 1989-1991
Lipetsk Art School, Russia, 1983-1986
Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Georgio Morandi, Agnes Martin, Yaoma Kusama, Robert Ryman, Richard Tuttle
Connection to Bucks County
Bogatin lived in Doylestown from 2001 to 2006, before returning and settling there again in 2009 after completing her studies.
ART UNLEASHED, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
THIS COOL, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
Wall to Wall, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Revisiting Beauty, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA, 2010
NURTUREart 2009 Benefit, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY, 2009
To..., Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2009
Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA, 2009
The Russian Winter Festival 2009, The James Bridges Theater at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
City Arts Gallery, San Francisco City College, 2009
NURTUREart 2008 Benefit, James Cohan Gallery, Curated Exhibition, New York, NY, 2008
Root Division’s 7th Annual Art Auction, San Francisco, CA, 2008
La Dolce Vita, City of Brea Art Gallery, CA, 2008
To Be Looked At.., Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
Some, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
Systems and Transmutations, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, 2007
Westward toward the East, City of Brea Art Gallery, CA, 2006
Hydrolysis of Time, Krasnoyarsk Museum of Cultural History, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, 2006
Eight/Huit, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2005
Crossed Destinies, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 2005
Persona, Maska Gallery, Lipetsk, Russia (solo), 2003
City in Bloom, One Commerce Building, Curated by Philadelphia Museum of Arts, 2002
Summer Exhibition, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
Group Show, Summer Residency Program at School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2000
Philadelphia Watercolor Society Award, 2002
Larry Day Memorial Award, 2001
Crozier Prize Fund for Outstanding Achievements, 1999
Government's Prize, 1987