Ana Tzarev (born 1937) is Croatian painter.
Ana Tzarev was born Marija Guina in Trogir, Croatia, and her mother was called Anka Carev. In 1956, she met a New Zealand man Robert Chandler, whom she married in Split. They then moved to New Zealand, where she studied fashion design, and the two started the Chandler House department store. Chandler House achieved national success, becoming a chain of ten stores, and was sold in 1986 for the sum of ten million dollars.
Her paintings have been featured in galleries, museums, and public spaces across Europe and Asia, including the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Russian Museum in St Petersburg, the National Museum in Rome, and the Today Art Museum in Beijing. Her sculptures have been installed in cities across the world, including London, Singapore, New York, and Venice during the 55th Biennale.
Tzarev’s work, as well as the causes she supports, are inspired by the belief that art can be a powerful force for good in the world. Since 2011 she has supported youth arts and education through programmes such as Ana’s Children and From Ana Tzarev With Love. In 2012, she premiered an ongoing global sculptural campaign, entitled “Love & Peace,” to bring people together and share a message of love, peace, and understanding.
“She [Ana Tzarev] has developed a powerful gestural style with an energy not unlike that of the post-impressionist era: an open colour, a three-dimensional brush stroke — or rather, a fiery haze of strokes drifting optically in space; a triumph of the de-reflective approach, driven towards capturing and mastering nature’s signals.” — Dr Alexander Borovsky, curator of Contemporary Art at the Russian Museum.
List of select solo exhibitions
- Encountering: New Art on the Silk Road – Xinjiang Biennale, Ürümqi
- Love & Peace – RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London
- Love & Peace – Singapore Botanic Gardens
- Masterpiece Theatre - Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
- Wonderland – Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
- Song of Spring – Taksim Republic Art Gallery, Istanbul
- Love & Peace - Canary Wharf, London
- Love & Peace - Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City
- Ana Tzarev – Gildo Pastor Center, Monaco
- The Life of Flowers - Galerie Palazzo Leonardo, Monaco
- Love & Peace – ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
- Love & Peace – 55th Venice Biennale, Venice
- Love & Peace – National Theatre, Prague
- From Ana Tzarev with Love – Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ankara
- Exposed – Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
- Monaco-Japon – Auditorium Rainier III, Monaco – Auditorium Rainier III, Monaco
- Floating World - Galerie Palazzo Leonardo, Monaco
- Love & Peace - Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Rome
- The Life of Flowers - Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia, Rome
- Love & Peace - Park Lane, London
- Magic - Shenzhen Bay Center, Shenzhen
- When Sculptures Bloom – Jardin Exotique de Monaco, Monaco
- Ana Tzarev: New Works - Gildo Pastor Center, Monaco
- Masterpiece Theatre – Museo Diocesano di Venezia, Venice
- Exposed - Saatchi Gallery, London
- Exposed – Cité Internationale des Art, Paris
- Exposed – Santralistanbul Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul
- The Life of Flowers – The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
- Fleurs d’Amour – Gildo Pastor Center, Monaco
- Ana Tzarev – Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi
- Hanoi Ceramic Mural Project - Hanoi
Select permanent collections
- Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg
- Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia, Rome
- Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi
- Taksim Republic Art Gallery, Istanbul
- The Legatum Institute, London
- Consulate General of Turkey, New York
- World Council of People for the United Nations, New York
- Aurelian Investments, New York
- Romina Peritz (16 June 2013). "Ana Tzarev – Trogiranka koja je na robnim kućama zgrnula bogatstvo" [Ana Tzarev – a Trogir native who made a fortune on department stores]. Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 5 July 2014.
- "The Life of Flowers" – Alexander Borovsky (2011) http://www.anatzarev.com/downloads/AnaTzarev_The_Life_of_Flowers.pdf