Yana Stajno

Yana Stajno

After a busy year working, travelling, and looking at landscapes in Italy and France, I wanted to bring figures back into my paintings. Figures in flux, moving with intent, figures caught in their own stories. I work from life, and in ‘plein air.’ I attempt to convey the energy in things that seem accidental or inert. I paint to unearth the invisible. My colour palette comes from a Zimbabwean childhood and my choice of subject comes from the storytelling of exile. I love the moment just before something significant happens, or the chaos afterwards. My buildings are wonky, my humans are often lost in bafflement, my portraits are not intended to look like the people who sit for the portrait but hold something they are dreaming or thinking. I work in all media and on all structures, including walls and cars.

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