While the creation of any species is within her oeuvre it is wild cats that stir Andersson’s deepest passion.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Anne Andersson
A passion for art and an equal desire to explore nature marks the life of this singular artist of animal sculptures. Anne Andersson was born in Sweden and worked as an illustrator and painter while completing studies for a degree in Science; she later graduated, with honors, from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Her diverse artistic gifts have led her, ultimately, to create a technique and vision that spectacularly unites art with nature.
The animal sculptures Anne Andersson creates – with a technique not fully revealed – combine her talents in painting and weaving with her attention to the smallest, most telling detail. Andersson’s realistic life-size animals are made using sisal fibers extracted from the Agave plant; sculpted clay is used for their noses and hand-painted fired glass for their eyes. It is a combination of unique materials and supreme artistic vision that brings these sculptures to life.
Her work also serves as an homage to the wild animals that populate our earth in ever diminishing numbers. Each sculpture embodies its own individual personality; each equally embodies the artist’s dedication to conservationist ideals and the goal to preserve these species in nature. While the creation of any species is within her oeuvre it is wild cats that stir Andersson’s deepest passion.
The great success she initially met with exhibiting her sculptures in New York, Miami and Los Angeles led the animals by Anne Andersson to become highly prized and sought after works. She now has in her impressive history a White Bengal Tiger family, commissioned by Siegfried and Roy, and displayed at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her African Lions were featured at the grand opening of the Fine Arts gallery at MGM Grand Hotel. Her Siberian Tigers and African Lions are on display at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. Her sculptures are in countless private collections and prestigious public displays across the country.
To see these animal sculptures – these works of art – in person is to feel their tremendous presence, to stand in awe of their beauty and majesty – and to marvel at the innovation and skill of Anne Andersson, a truly visionary artist.