Anastasia Zielinski was born in Washington, D.C. in 1983. She spent most of her childhood in Tacoma, WA and later moved with her family to Georgia. Anastasia graduated with a BFA in fine art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2005. She participated in her first Artist Residency during the summer of 2007 at New Pacific Studios in New Zealand.
Inspired by that experience, Anastasia spent the next three years traveling in India and across South America, meeting new artists and sharing her love of art through teaching. As an artist used to painting in oil with a palette knife, Anastasia was frustrated with the lack of texture she could obtain in with travel-friendly mediums like oil pastel and watercolor. To regain that texture and depth, Ms. Zielinski started collaging in her journal with found materials. The new medium was lightweight and portable and she was able to build her collages like paintings; layering and visually mixing colors with varying degrees of transparent paper and fabric. After coming back to the States and restarting her studio practice, Anastasia’s collages naturally became larger and more involved.
Anastasia currently lives and works in Seattle, WA. Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Anastasia has been focused on creating worlds through texture and color, transforming spaces with paper, fabric, and found objects. She is not just interested in creating a visual experience, but in producing work that instigates a moment of pause from the everyday and creates a sense of joy. Ms. Zielinski has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.