Yana Poppe, born in Jakarta in 1983, grew up in the Netherlands from an early age. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts and is a figurative painter inspired by the urban environment. Yana's paintings have been sold in the Netherlands, Japan and Hong Kong. After having studied Nihonga painting in 2011, she went back several times to, among others, participate in artist in residences. This year Yana has been selected for an artist in residence program in Shanghai, China. Traveling gives Yana the opportunity to develop and deepen her art practise.
The main theme in my artwork is the urban landscape. With a focus on everyday features such as Japanese vending machines and overhead power-lines I aim to visualize the experience of places I've been to. The result is an interplay between perceived spatiality and my view of the carrier as purely a two-dimensional plane. In recent years my focus has shifted from man-made objects in the urban landscape to the meaning of space in the urban landscape. I'm particularly interested in places where different meanings overlap and co-exist. Due to this I've begun to start painting nature, seeing it as an inseparable part of how man designs - as well as perceives - the urban landscape. Through the use of vivid coloured pigments I want to stress the aesthetic and playful, and at the same time the dissonance and the inconsistence.