Tanya Anastass

Exhibition "2021"

Tanya Anastass was born in Bulgaria and graduated Mural Painting at the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria with a Master Degree of Fine Art. She is also a graduate of the National School of Fine Arts in Sofia where she studied for five years before attending the Academy.She presently lives in Tenafly, New Jersey, USA.

Tanya Anastass is a visual artist with artwork that spans genres from painting to mural painting, iconography, installation and design.

Deeply rooted in the Eastern Orthodox Icon tradition she builds her paintings in acrylic or oil on wood panels incorporating gold or silver leaf backgrounds. Characterized by highly structured, almost geometric compositions with smooth surfaces they reconcile realism with abstraction, with themes raging from urban to industrial.

After graduating she moved to Canada where she took part in several group exhibitions in  in St. John’s, NFLD and late in Montreal, QC. She also created in collaboration with her husband a mural painting depicting the history of Newfoundland while living there.

She moved from Canada to New York City where she worked on the design and completion of two major iconography projects – the frescos, icons and Iconostasis for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Chapel of the Dormition of the Mother of God at the St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tenafly, NJ.Most recently she took part in a group show at the Arts Council of Princeton, NJ (Oct. 2020), Small Works group show (Main street Arts, Clifton springs, NY, 2016), and taking part in the Art of Healing Program exhibitions (Englewood, NJ, 2015, 2014).Her works have been shown in numerous group exhibitions galleries in Bulgaria, USA


The monumental structures of New York City were the inspiration of my work. Having a major in mural painting I was always interested in the connection of art and architecture.Observing the urban world, the bridges and buildings hold an artistic poetry for me.

I am interested in the megalithic structures we built in our cities and the cohabiting of people and nature in the modern megapolis.  I use the details of bridges and machinery in my paintings as a connecting element between places but also connecting people and cultures.My paintings are influenced by the Orthodox icons and I work mainly in acrylic or oil on wood panels, using the classical technics of layering and making gradients of color, glazing by using thin layers of paint, and gold leaf as well as rusted and mangled metal parts found in the streets.

The visual contrast between the old industrial elements found everywhere in the city and the glitz and glamour of glass, steel and brass of the new technological developments were the thing that interested me.

I often incorporate a gold leaf as an opposition to the discarded, rusting detritus we leave behind as a reminder that the new technologies will be transforming the environment in the near future.

The juxtaposition of the old, rusted, discarded elements to the new futuristic materials gives me the visual opportunity to ask the question what we leave behind and how we can change our environment.


Year: 2020

Materials: Acrylic & Gold leaf on wood panel

Size: 24in x 24in x 1 3/4in


Year: 2020

Materials: Acrylic & Gold leaf on wood panel

Size: 24in x 24in x 1 3/4in

Exhibition "2021"

As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: "2021."

We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.

The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,

a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.

Carla Lobmier
Sylvia Schwartz
Lesley Bodzy