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 painting 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 majority of her time from 2009 to 2011 exploring South America and India, meeting new artists and sharing her love of art through teaching. As an artist used to painting in oil with a palette knife, Ms. Zielinski quickly became frustrated with the lack of texture she could obtain with travel-friendly mediums like oil pastel and watercolor. To regain texture and depth, Anastasia started collaging in her journal with found materials. The new medium was lightweight and portable and she found she could build her collages like paintings by layering and visually mixing colors using transparent paper and fabric. After coming back to the States and restarting her studio practice, Anastasia’s collages naturally became larger and more involved.
Ms. Zielinski currently lives and works in Seattle, WA. Since moving back to the Pacific Northwest, her main interest has been in creating worlds through texture and color, transforming spaces with paper, fabric, reflective surfaces and other various materials. Anastasia is not just concerned about 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.