As a small child, Anca Barbu’s encounter with a pen changed her life. Instead of using paper, she would draw on unconventional objects such as walls and dolls. She started drawing butterflies and women on any surface she could. She never liked using pencils because it could be erased, so to ensure her drawings immortality, Anca only used pens and markers. Coming from diplomat parents, Anca was exposed to different cultures at an early age. Her curiosity and interest in culture started her interest in art and painting. Traveling all over the world opened her eyes to embrace the beauty of cultural divergence.
Anca often sees the world from a different prespective. Instead of seeing an object as it is, she imagines it in her fantasy world full of colors and joy. Inspired by culture, music and nature, Anca paints her own version of reality. Every painting is made with passion while listening to a specific type of music. As the music plays, her paint brush moves to the rhythm. Every painting’s brush strokes has its own story and emotion. The sensuality of a woman’s body is portrayed in several paintings moving to the rhythm of life. The first painting Anca made was inspired by a fantasy world where everything lives together in harmony, the flowers were made of candy and fairies were playing around in the sun. Following that painting she adopted an abstract surreal style that she continues to use in every painting.
Bringing together her Eastern European culture with her American one, Anca puts a little bit of herself in every painting she makes. Living in New York City, she has been exposed to a melting pot of cultures that has allowed her to better understand and feel others from every part of the world. Being an eternal optimist, Anca sees the world as a beautiful and colorful place which is displayed in all her paintings. Passion, love and emotion is put in every painting and displayed in bright and colorful motifs.
After moving to New York City, Anca was able to expose her paintings in several different spots. She successfully held her first exhibition in the Berkeley College Art Gallery. The exhibition brought forth new opportunities, and she was able to find clients and other places to display her work. She hosted many art gallery parties in several different venues and attracted a large diverse crowd of people. The last exhibition Anca had was in Long Island City from September through late October.