Olga Anaskina in her studio in front of an Olga Anaskina painting.
April 21, 2024 0 Artwork spotlight Belinda

A Journey of Multicultural Expression

Introduction | Olga Anaskina Painting

Few contemporary artists encapsulate the essence of multicultural expression as deeply as Olga Anaskina. Born in Russia in 1979, Anaskina moved to Costa Rica in 1991 with her family after the fall of the Soviet Union. She now calls Heredia, San José, home, after a journey spanning continents and artistic styles.

Anaskina's fusion of contemporary and classical influences creates a mosaic of emotions and themes, inviting viewers into a world of enchantment and introspection.

Join us as we explore the art and career of Olga Anaskina and the multicultural influences that are woven into her work.


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  • Background and Early Influences

Anaskina grew-up against the backdrop of a changing world. Born in Russia, her family's relocation to Costa Rica in 1991 following the fall of the Soviet Union marked a transformative chapter in her life.

The diverse cultures she encountered—from her Russian heritage to her travels through Europe, Central America, and South America—would profoundly shape her artistic vision.

Anaskina's formative years included studies at the prestigious School of Arts #1 in Moscow and later, Fine Art at the University of Costa Rica, where she honed her craft and developed a deep appreciation for the intersection of diverse cultural traditions.

  • Artistic Style and Themes

Anaskina's painting defies easy categorisation, blending elements of abstraction and realism to create compositions that pulse with life and emotion. Her work is separated into series from sensuous flowers, to enchanting landscapes, to bewitching figures, each series is painted in a way that evokes an erotic and emotional charge.

It is this fusion of contemporary sensibilities with classical elements that sets her work apart, infusing it with a timeless quality that transcends cultural boundaries.

Anaskina explains that she oftens starts with an everyday image, from advertising or a magazine for example, and then transforms it into something unrecognisable. She forges entirely new worlds and crafts new figures never before imagined. She introduces viewers to something Other, inviting us to immerse ourselves in her imaginative realms.

Her paintings, at times, exude an eerie and uncanny quality, while at other moments, they may strike a more familiar chord. Regardless of the emotional tone, Anaskina's art consistently compels observers to pause and ponder the enigmatic narratives she presents. 

“My pigments describe human loneliness linked to feminine nature, reconciling my Russian roots with the most varied Western and contemporary influences.” Anaskina, 2023

  1. Themes in Anaskina's painting

  • Landscapes:
  • Anaskina's landscapes are from her keen observation of the natural world. From the rolling hills of Costa Rica to the snow-capped peaks of the Russian countryside, her landscapes transport viewers to distant lands. While Anaskina's artworks may evoke a sense of familiarity, such as recognising a shoreline or an island peeking on the horizon amidst the vast ocean, they also possess an air of unfamiliarity. This is due to her rapid and enigmatic mark-making techniques and her deliberate use of a limited yet striking colour palette.

In her island series, for instance, Anaskina portrays various islands set adrift at sea, capturing different times of the day and moods with predominantly bold blues, soft pinks, or somber greys.

Olga Anaskina painting of a beach landscape with island on the horizon, in the ocean. Colours of yellow, blue and brown, with impressionist brushstrokes evoke a sensual atmosphere.

Olga Anaskina, Isla Del Moline (El Lugar Que Habito), 2023, Oil on Canvas

  • Figures:
  • Anaskina's figures range from nude forms to ghostly ethereal beings, and even fantastical characters that have emerged from the depths of her imagination. Each figure carries its own enigmatic narrative, subtly hinting at themes of eroticism and feminine allure, while also evoking a sense of mystery.

Her typical rapid and enigmatic mark-making techniques, which often result in lines that stretch and bleed the colours into vertical streaks. In "Marmolia," for example, Anaskina manipulates the strokes of colour to extend them above and below the woman's body, stretching the figure to evoke a sense of otherworldly presence. The woman's hair bleeds into the canvas and her body melts down the canvas. Anaskina not only crafts depth and complexity in her works, but she also imbues them with a sense of transience; her characters are tangible yet ephemeral, teetering on the brink of fading from recognition.

Olga Anaskina painting of a nude woman sitting on a chair. The Olga Anaskina painting is voyeuristic and shows her from the side, her face slightly turned to us. Her eyes are closed and her body language is forlorn.

Olga Anaskina, Marmolia, 2023, Oil on canvas

  • Flowers:
  • Anaskina's floral compositions are a celebration of beauty and sensuality, each bloom bursting forth with vibrant colour and energy, another nod to female sensuality. From delicate roses to exotic orchids, her flowers are also a testament to the richness of the natural world and our connection to it.

Anaskina creates floral compositions that are at once striking and sublime, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the botanical world. Her rapid impressions of these fleeting, domestic moments capture the flowers in their full splendour, yet also anticipate their inevitable demise and the subsequent process of decay, serving as a poignant reminder of the transience of life.

Olga Anaskina painting of a bunch of flowers in a vase. Predominantly working with pink and purple tones, Anaskina presents the flowers as opulent and feminine while evoking feelings of eroticism and sensuality.

Olga Anaskina, Venecia, 2022, Oil on Canvas

  1. Notable Works and Exhibitions

From her early exhibitions in Costa Rica to her more recent showcases in Russia, Argentina, and beyond, Anaskina has garnered widespread acclaim.

Notable works such as "Venus De Los Espejos" and "Bodegon Con Fondo Blanco" exemplify her way of working, while exhibitions like "A Dangerous Paradise" at Galerie A.P. Lazar in Paris have provided a platform for her to share her unique vision with an international audience.

Anaskina invites viewers into a world of wonder and introspection, leaving an indelible mark on the contemporary art landscape.

  1. Studio Visit Experience

Olga Anaskina in her studio with Olga Anaskina painting in the background.

Olga Anaskina in her studio, 2023

Anaskina's studio window offers a picturesque view of the Costa Rica countryside, providing her with endless inspiration from the natural world. Situated at the bottom of her garden, she finds solace away from the distractions of the outside world, fully immersed in the realm of painting.

MÍRAME Fine Art recently had the privilege of visiting Anaskina’s studio, nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Heredia. Stepping into her sanctuary of creativity, we were immediately struck by the intimate connection between artist and art. As Anaskina shared insights into her creative process and the stories behind her paintings, we gained a deeper appreciation for her art and the impact it has on those fortunate enough to experience it firsthand.

  1. Impact and Legacy

Anaskina's painting continues to enthrall audiences around the world. She is committed to art education as a teacher at The European School in Heredia and inspires countless aspiring artists to explore their creative potential.

Her legacy is one of innovation, beauty, and cultural exchange—a testament to the power of art to transcend language and unite us in a shared celebration of the human experience.


In the ever-evolving contemporary art world, Anaskina is a beacon of multicultural expression. From her humble beginnings in Russia to her status as a global artistic force, her art is a transformative power that transcends borders and unite us in a shared celebration of the human spirit.

We invite you to explore more of her work, engage with her artistic vision, and join us in celebrating the multiculturalism that defines her art. Explore more at MÍRAME Fine Art.


Olga Anaskina in her studio in front of an Olga Anaskina painting.

b. 1979, Russia

Lives and works in Heredia, Costa Rica

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