Anya Smolnikova is a painter working and living in Boston. Born in Belarus, she came to the US with her family in 1999. Anya completed a BFA at Boston University concentrating in painting and sculpture. Her work explores the space between observation and abstraction, as well as the tension between cultural inheritance and individual expression. Travel, dance, music, and her students are important sources of inspiration. Anya is currently a resident artist at Dorchester Art Project in Fields Corner.