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Almine Rech

Ana Karkar

Born and raised in San Francisco, Ana Karkar studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Sorbonne and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She dropped out of her MFA for a job at Louis Vuitton HQ where she worked for 7 years in image production and digital media. In 2013 she was mentored in the TURPS Correspondence program based in London.

Her work is influenced by underground film and cinema, both for its technical experimentation and unbridled characters. Karkar’s practice similarly approaches painting as an act of liberatory expression, and explores the capacity of art objects to serve as conduits of shared energy between maker and viewer. The storytelling in her work is inspired by film directors such as Shuji Terayama, Brian De Palma and Dario Argento as well as a number of contemporary photographers and found erotica. Her painterly stroke evokes that of Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon and Egon Schiele as well as the Viennese Secession reprised in Psychedelic Art from her hometown.

More recent exhibitions include solo shows at Galerie Marguo in Paris, France, Nosbaum Reding in Luxembourg and Baert Gallery in Los Angeles, US.

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