One to Watch

Anya Innokenteva

Anya Innokenteva is a Russian artist currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. She studied at the British Higher School of Art & Design in Moscow and the Klasse Ikemura at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin. Anya’s abstract paintings have an imaginative quality, characterized by biomorphic forms, spontaneous scrawls, and playful subjects like dinosaurs. Though Anya primarily works with oils, she also experiments with less traditional mediums including chalk, spray paint, and asphalt. Anya is partially influenced by the repetitive nature of skateboarding, an activity she says parallels the rhythms in her works.

Anya has participated in exhibitions across Europe in countries including Russia, Sweden, and Germany. Most recently, her works were shown in MuseumFLUXUS in Potsdam and Rundgang at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin.

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

One of my main themes that interests me the most is skateboarding. It is a sort of a meditation. The endless repetition of the same tricks presents itself as an opportunity to dissolve with my thoughts and allows me to concentrate. Every click of the board, every slide, every hit is a rhythm of my work.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Not to be scared of making mistakes and to never stop working and growing. Otherwise, it’s a dead end.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?

I always work with music, It sort of becomes part of my working process.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

My mom’s drawings.

Who are your favorite writers?

Hunter S. Thompson and Ernest Hemingway.