Alliance Française Dubai presents ‘ Wired Artistic Energies’, a solo art exhibition by Anastasie Akibode at La Galerie, curated by ZeeArts.
" Wired Artistic Energies"
Exhibition from April 13 to May 22
Vernissage on Tuesday 12 April @ 6:30 pm
Anastasie Akibode is a French artist with African roots were originally from Cape Verde, Benin, and Senegal. Her exposure to different cultures and interest in experiencing the uniqueness of each is the driving force behind her search for a common universal framework that unifies her art style. As an electrical engineer for 13 years at VLSI Technology and Philips, Anastasie later moved to and settled in Dubai, where she converted her career prospects to a full-time artist in 2008. She furthered her art education at Dubai Art Center and was awarded the Merit Award for Painting in 2013. She continued her education and attended the Beaux-Arts in Paris from 2016 to 2019. She attended the watercolor symposium at Fabriano in Italy during that period as well as the watercolor Portraiture workshop at the Art Center Manatee in Florida. To date, Anastasie has exhibited in several countries and was lauded for her contribution in multiple watercolor symposiums and courses as an educator of the medium. In Dubai, she exhibited among all at the watercolor symposium in 2018. Her paintings were also shown in within a group of artists during Art Dubai at Tashkeel and at the Dubai Art Center. She is in the board of directors of ZeeArts and Art Connects Women.
Anastasie’s subjects are often of elements in their natural environment. The construction of her pieces are just as organic; she captures the essence of the piece with a generous amount of colour pigments to outline her intended outcome, and that remains as the sole aspect of her art that is drafted. Details and further executions are done in an improvisational manner that relies entirely on Anastasie’s own creative flair.
“My work brings me to explore this world of invisibility as if I am looking for someone… I quickly land myself in an abstract form of what I am seeing and paint my feelings and emotions.” Said Anastasie.
"Anastasie arts is very impressive, spontaneous, and vivid. I am very impressed by her avalanche and substantial brushstroke, her dedication, commitment, and hard work of the artist. Each of her artwork resonates with her personality, character, and life experience which beautifully knits together to give birth a masterpiece. My favorite of her, “Empower” depicts the artist’s faces during different era of her life, amidst of the situation, she portraits an empowered Woman; the swirling light shades of the pink hues entice her feminine zest and her values."