“When I learnt to paint in 2001, I felt as if I had sprouted wings. I discovered Images can describe paradoxes and mysteries in ways that words cannot. I found that choices in colour and texture had the power to enrage as much as enchant. I was feverishly inspired by the Expressionists, the Vorticists, the Symbolists, the Surrealists. Perhaps I fear the world is veering towards dystopia: that against all the odds, we have to stay alert.
Whether I'm painting or writing, I am attempting to construct narratives that are strange, funny and seductive, yet provoke disquiet. I attempt to ask questions which can only be answered in contradictory ways. My current artworks are in charcoal, watercolour, pastel, acrylic and oil and there are a number of examples on this page. If you would like to see more, please view the galleries on my website http://www.yana-art.com/.
Yana Stajno was born in Zimbabwe and is an artist and writer. She studied English and drama at Cape Town University; was active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement; moved to London in the seventies and became involved in fringe theatre as a writer and performer.
Since studying Chinese Medicine in the late seventies and early eighties, she has practised acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She is also a graduate of City University and the author of several plays and short stories:
1. ‘Salt River’
2. ‘Venus Bar’
3. ‘Postcards from the Swamp’
4. ‘Confessions of a Love Addict’
5. ‘The Writer’s Block Workshop.’
6. ‘Ten Plastic Roses’: is published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 2010.
7. ‘It's dark in London’, an anthology of graphic London stories, April 2012, includes 'A Flash in the Park' by Yana Stajno.
8. ‘Timeshare’ has been awarded a prize in the Bridge House Debut Novel competition 2010.
Yana has been painting and drawing intensively since 2001 and has had a studio at the Chocolate Factory since 2010. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited all over London as part of group or solo exhibitions. She's a member of the Crouch End Open Studio Artists and is currently doing further studies at the Prince’s Drawing School, Shoreditch.