Segunda 2020, oil paint on linen, 120 x 160 cm.
Manga 2020, Mixed media on linen, 160×120 cm.
Armanda 2020, oil paint on paper on linen, 80 x 60 cm.
Rita 2019, oil paint on linen, 100 x 80 cm.
Ramata 2019, oil paint on paper on linen, 80 x 60 cm.
Child of Capebonde 2019, mixed media on linen, 50 x 40 cm.
Fatima II 2019, oil paint on linen, 80 x 60 cm.
Adama 2019, oil paint on linen, 50 x 40 cm.
Mariam 2019, acrylic paint on linen, 140 x 100 cm.
Zira II, acrylic paint on linen, 100 x 80 cm.
Zira I, acrylic paint on linen, 100 x 80 cm.
Fatima 2019, mixed media on linen, 70 x 60 cm.
Aisatulama 2018, acrylic paint on linen, 80 x 60 cm.
Mariam 2017, mixed media on linen, 100 x 70 cm.
Djulde 2017, acrylic paint on linen, 40 × 30 cm.
Artist Statement – Anna Nunes
My primary focus in my artwork is to create a space to express my deep respect for indigenous communities, and share my thoughts about our Western Society. I paint portraits of indigenous people I met, to show the beauty I saw while living for long periods with these communities. I use colors, specific expressions and attitudes in my portraits to express my feelings and experiences with these people in ways that words cannot.
I am incredibly inspired by the way the indigenous people live and interact. Within their communities I found a place full of equality, connection and harmony. While returning to Europe, I also realised that the key components for harmony are fading from our culture: Authenticity, Diversity and Connection.
Currently we know so many facts about how our health and our natural environment are threatened by our modern lifestyle. Still very little is really changing. For this reason, I feel the necessity to move our society with art. Paintings can move people, by touching the soul. Something that can be much stronger, than touching the mind with facts.
Painting is for me the way to move our world with the harmony, connection and diversity I saw while being among indigenous communities. To me portraying these people is the way to inspire our society with the world’s beauty we extremely need to recover our health, peace, resilience, and connection with one another to let our world flourish again.