Anna Sidana (she/her) is a visual artist and large-scale oil painter. Her art explores an emotional connection with complex family histories through hazy childhood memories, abstraction, and symbolism, transcending the canvas to convey myriad emotions.
Searching for a connection with her culture, she stumbled upon childhood memories of pomegranates and playing in the cotton fields of her family farm in Rajasthan, India, which led her to make pomegranates and cotton the subject matter of her art. She takes a contemporary twist on landscape painting, blurring the traditional horizon and preferring to keep the viewer in a fluid and lyrical psychological space that is not a specific location or place.
Anna has shown her work at the de Young Museum of San Francisco, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, The Diego Rivera Gallery, and Times Square, New York. She was also selected for the London Art Biennale and received two Sheridan Awards. Along with her art practice, Anna serves on the board of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and ZERO1. Anna holds a bachelor’s degree from the British Computer Society (BCS) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Anna lives in San Francisco, California.
2021, Root Division, MFA Revisited, San Francisco, CA
2020, De Young Open, Juried Show, San Francisco, CA
2020, O’Hanlon Women Artists Making Their Mark, Juried Show, Mill Valley, CA
2020, Tunnels of the Mind, Times Square, NY
2020, Cotton Paintings Exhibit – Black History Month, Civic Center, San Francisco, CA
2020, The ‘Sistine Barn’ Exhibit, SFAI Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
2020, Art for Aids Foundation, Juried Art Selection, San Francisco, CA
2019, Connectedness (curator/participant), Juried Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2019, Content Matters, Juried Show, Marin Museum of Modern Art (MOCA), CA
2019, Art as Protest (curator and participant), Juried, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2019, Albany Bulbfest (Juror), Albany, CA
2018, Schafer Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
2018, Art for Aids Foundation, Juried Art Selection, San Francisco, CA