Ana Bagayan is a pop-surrealist artist from Los Angeles who earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her work explores images of adolescence as metaphors for larger themes of ethos, culture, and wonder. She paints younger children, generally resembling dolls. The figures are usually seen interacting with animals or otherworldly creatures.
Despite admiring a number of artists and painters, Ana tries not to look at paintings for inspiration and finds most of her artistic stimulation coming from photographers. Tim Walker, Eugenio Recuenco, Nick Waplington, Elena Sudakova, Chadwick Tyler, and Serge Luten are some of the artist’s favorite photographers. Ana's art reflects her interests in toys, vintage photographs of children, children's books, and her intricately decorated dollhouse. “A lot of what I paint comes from memories of my childhood, hence the young age of my figures. The imagery is pulled from my interests and hobbies both when I was young and now,” the distinguished artist tells us.
Ana has won numerous awards for her paintings and her works have been displayed in galleries across Los Angeles, Seattle, Rome, and Italy. A collection of the artist’s paintings can be seen below.