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Art Discussion Group - Malta


Anna Verbenets

Solid Forms and Brilliant Colour

Anna Verbenets from Ukraine is holding a personal exhibition: ‘Palette of My Impressions’ at the Malta Society of Arts in Republic Street Valletta. Dr. Owen Bonnici, the Minister of Justice, will inaugurate the event on Thursday 5th November at 19.00hrs. The exhibition will be open to the public till the 26th of November 2015. This event is a retrospective exhibition of still life, landscape and portraits (human and animal).

Though the subject or theme she chooses is quite varied her approach is academic. She has a sound knowledge of drawing and composition and is perhaps most gifted in still life. 

She loves flowers and paints them with verve in bright, vivid and brilliant colours in an Impressionist style. A good example is a bouquet of poppies in warm reds. Her roses and dahlias are quite impressive too. She loves animals and has painted a realistic portrait of a chunky dog.

Anna Verbenets lives at Għargħur in a quaint locale overlooking the valley. She has been living in Malta since 2010 and loves her village a lot painting particular nooks and corners covered by evergreen creepers and flowering plants. Her academic background surfaces in her work.

Her compositions are carefully chosen and structured with explicit attention to drawing. A special still life with a bowl or tureen of apples is vividly realistic in solid well-balanced forms and apples that Cezanne would approve of and appreciate. The solid and massive table, the cloth with cross-hatched texture glinting in the sun, the bowl saturated in light and the table surface reflecting it are very impressive in their moulded three dimensional quality. The artist shows talent and bravura not only for expressing form but also for capturing nuances of light.

A still life with pike is cleverly painted with attention for form, texture, composition and use of space. Her intention is to show technical bravura and virtuosity. Among the landscapes feature scenes in Mocow, Prague and Malta. Anna is very enthusiastic, loves travel and dreams of achievement and success. If she persists in her studies she will realize her dreams for sure. Anna is fond of strong, warm colours and her textured oils expose a strong inclination towards form.

She studied at the Krivoy Fog Fine Arts School and later graduated at Krivoy Rog National University gaining a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and Pedagogy. Actually she is researching for a PhD Pedagogy in Fine Arts. She teaches Fine Arts and technical drawing at the Russian International Boarding School and Surikoll Fine Arts School in Malta. She also gives private tution in the subject. 

She is a member of the Malta Community of Artists, of the Watercolour Society of Paris and that in Malta and is a member of the Malta Society of Arts. Her works have been acquired by collectors in Europe and USA.

Anna is still very young and with her trained background the future is very promising.

E. V. Borg

18. 10. 2015