Yana Stajno

“When I learnt to paint in 2001, I felt as if I had sprouted wings.  I discovered Images can describe paradoxes and mysteries in ways that words cannot. I found that choices in colour and texture had the power to enrage as much as enchant. I was feverishly inspired by the Expressionists, the Vorticists, the Symbolists, the Surrealists.  Perhaps I fear the world is veering towards dystopia: that against all the odds, we have to stay alert.

Whether I’m painting or writing, I am attempting to construct narratives that are strange, funny and seductive, yet provoke disquiet. I attempt to ask questions which can only be answered in contradictory ways.  My current artworks are in charcoal, watercolour, pastel, acrylic and oil and there are a number of examples on this page. If you would like to see more, please view the galleries on my website http://www.yana-art.com/.

Yana Stajno was born in Zimbabwe and is an artist and writer. She studied English and drama at Cape Town University; was active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement; moved to London in the seventies and became involved in fringe theatre as a writer and performer.

Yana’s plays include Salt River, Venus Bar, Postcards from the Swamp, Confessions of a Love Addict and the Writers Block Workshop. Her short stories include Flash in the Park and Ten Plastic Roses. Her debut novel – Rules for Thursday Lovers is available from Amazon and good bookshops. Her second novel will be out in 2018.

Yana has been painting and drawing intensively since 2001 and has had a studio at the Chocolate Factory since 2010. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited all over London as part of group or solo exhibitions. She’s a member of the Crouch End Open Studio Artists and is currently doing further studies at the Prince’s Drawing School, Shoreditch.

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