Above and Below
Oil on wood, 28.75" x 26.5"
Kim Anno, 1996


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Biography
Kim Anno

Kim Anno was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the 1970's. This raucous and rebellious time in the American West made an indelible imprint on her questioning mind. The assimilation of her parents, their striving to be homogeneous Americans was painful in childhood, but later fertile ground for making art. Her father is half Japanese, half Polish, her mother is half Native American, half Irish.

Kim Anno is a painter, and public artist. Her work is based in abstraction and is mediated by the body, Islamic, and Buddhist architecture. Anno is interested in the language of abstraction as it appears in religious and ritual art. She is represented by Patricia Correia Gallery in Santa Monica, California. Among other venues, she has shown her work at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio De Janeiro, Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago, Gallery 128 in New York, The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Obudai Galeria in Budapest, Hungary, and The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. She received a Western States Regional/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1996, and a Flintridge Fellowship at Djerassi Foundation, a California Arts Council grant, and an Oakland Arts Commission grant. She is included in the following books: California Women Artists Yesterday and Tomorrow edited by Sylvia Moore, and in Worlds in Collision edited by Carlos Villa, Painting the Town: Murals of California by Dunitz & Prigoff, and an upcoming comprehensive survey of contemporary lesbian artists in America by Harmony Hammond.

In 1998 she is looking forward to a traveling exhibition of abstract painters who are primarily influenced by Asian cultures, entitled "Women On the Silk Road." The show premiers in San Francisco and then travels to venues along the silk road trade route in Asia and Europe, including Dhanghi, Hang Chow and Bei-jing, China.

Kim Anno is also involved with an exchange exhibition with East German women artists from Dresden and Berlin. This show will be the first all women's exhibition in the Dresden Academy.

Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Art at California College of Arts and Crafts. Among other ideas, she is fully committed to expanding the function of art in society.


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