Galerie Mourlot is pleased to announce an exhibition by Ania Škrobonja Skani, May 17th until June 3rd.
At the age of 10, Ania was discovered as an artistic talent by Nevenka Žiger, curator of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka. This introduction served as the impetus for her art education which was sadly interrupted by the sudden death of Žiger in 1988.
Ania continued to study and paint by participating in local ex tempore exhibitions, thanks to friends and colleagues from Rijeka’s artistic circles.
In the early 1990's, Ania was recognized and awarded for her innovative approach to design in the world of Interiors. In 1995, she was chosen as a spokesperson for The Institute of Development and International Relations and traveled to Paris to represent Croatia for the International Conference of Architects and Designers. Following Paris, Ania received many prestigious awards for her work and relocated to Italy to continue her studies with Prof. Roberto Ascolese in Rome.
He greatly influenced her, even coining her pseudonym Skani, from the combination of first letters in her last and first names. She continued her studies with the Professor and later with artist Ezio Farinelli, who guided her to further develop her artistic techniques.
After Professor Ascolese's death in 2006, Skani stepped away from painting and concentrated on the international promotion of Croatian artists. In 2007, she obtained a master’s degree in Cultural studies at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. Currently, she is a Doctorate Candidate at the Postgraduate and Doctoral Study of Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Culture at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.
As an artist and great supporter of the arts, Ania opened Skani, an art school and creative center in 2016. The school is in a charming neighborhood in her hometown of Rijeka. Curiously, the same address where Fiorello LaGuardia once lived and worked at the turn of the 20th century. Ania signed her 3000th painting in February of 2022 and received the Golden Award from the City of Rijeka for her contributions in cultural and humanitarian work.
After a 40-year career as an artist and teacher with celebrated exhibitions in Croatia, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, France, Great Britain, Portugal, Spain, and Monaco, this highly awarded artist will now exhibit her work at Galerie Mourlot in New York from May 18- June 3. Skani will show 30 oil-on-canvas works with themes of dawn and dusk, sea, and ocean, all created during her recent visits to New York.