Zaneta Gelevska Veljanovska Biography - Gallery


Artist Zani

Zaneta Veljanoska known as Zani, graduated in 1989 from the faculty of Fine Art, Skopje, Macedonia where she won the accolade of ‘Best Young Artist – Skopje’ in 1990. She relocated to England in 2001, where she continues her thriving art practice.

The versatile qualities of materials such as glue, sand, asphalt, twine, leather, grass and hemp have all become distinguishing marks of Zani’s work. She encompasses the true essence of traditional symbols to form unique creations in acrylic and mixed media.

Relying heavily upon her intuition and spontaneity, Zani expresses such traditions in a simplified way. Speaking on her influences, the artist says, “I am inspired by everyday life: my children, my family. Painting is my profession and passion, it is part of me and I cannot do without it. Everything else is a phase or period in time”.

Zani seeks to complement the moments she has encountered, attempting to break down life to its visual essentials – love, happiness, black, white, light, dark, balance of movements, colours and plastic structures. She encompasses the true essence of traditional symbols to form unique creations in acrylic and mixed media.

In addition to having a permanent exhibition of her work on display in the Macedonian Embassy in London, she has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows nationally (including the prestigious Blains Fine Art in Mayfair, London) and internationally, including Macedonia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Germany and Australia.