Andjana Pachkova: Bio
I am a cosmopolitan oddball, born in Ukraine, transported by family circumstance to Russia, blown by the wind of change to America and finally putting some sort of roots here in Sydney, on the gorgeous east coast of Australia.
I painted and drew all my life but circumstances of my upbringing were such that I ended up a Wall Street and then a Silicon Valley corporate lawyer. Fortune has been decidedly mine, however, to be able to devote myself to art full time as of 2013 and here I am now proudly a represented artist with Stanley Street Galley in Sydney, with my first gallery solo exhibition, another two solo shows coming up within a year and many group shows I took part in.
I did not come to art early or directly or easily but I am here to stay because this path is deeply felt, thought through and wished for. Besides, being an artist is one of those careers where having a life of experiences - good and bad - is a positive thing, experience gives meaning and context.
As a visual artist I am captivated by everything I see in the world around me. I am enthralled by the things we hear - music and exploration of sounds really help the development of my visual language and expression of my themes. Music especially is a primary source of inspiration in my work.
I am not doing this to make pretty pictures. I want to make true pictures all the while reflecting the complex aesthetics I have developed over a life span of travelling across the globe. I am now settled in Sydney with my husband and our young family of boys. Life is busy and I am happy when I am in the quiet of my studio, listening to music and painting.
Andjana Pachkova was born in Ukraine and at 12 years of age moved with her parents to Moscow, Russia. Growing up in communist Soviet Union was tough, she says, but her parents, although poor, were well educated and ambitious for their daughter. Following Perestroika in the early 1990s she took classes at the Stroganov Moscow State University of Art and Industry.
In 1997 Andjana won a prestigious Davis Fellowship and thus moved to the US to pursue a graduate degree in Liberal Arts (Political Science) at Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, Andjana took a visual arts class to enhance her drawing technique. She continued to study art through NYU night courses, and later, further continued her art studies here in Australia through a two year study at Northbridge Visual Art School (NVAS) (earning a Diploma of Visual Arts in 2014); the Willoughby Art Center (WAC); and the Woollahra Waverley Art School (WWAS). At WAC, NVAS and WWAS Andjana studied with such notable local artists as Tony Tozer – her greatest mentor and teacher - Brandt Lewis, Joe Bertini, Idris Murphy and Denis Clarke, among others.
Andjana also continued her Law studies in the US and holds a Master of Law from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), as well as a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and a Bachelor of Law from Moscow International University (Moscow, Russia).
Living in New York Andjana studied and worked as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street, carving out a highly successful career. It was here she also met her husband, all the time continuing with her art studies and practise.
She has lived and studied law and art in many countries and has had a wealth of experiences and imagery that she has been working on integrating in her art. Recently Andjana started developing an interest in printmaking and ceramics which has further informed her understanding of painting and drawing.
Andjana’s personal life has been both greatly blessed and equally challenged. These deeply felt experiences only further fuel the emotion and life in her work.
In 2013 Andjana moved to Sydney with her husband (Martin Herbst, General Manager of Gumtree Australia) and their three young sons. They now live in Killara, North Sydney and Andjana has her studio base in Balmain.